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December 1, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate

On the night of November 20, Nigerian army units attacked demonstrators calling for the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), an elite police unit known for its brutality. CNN has conducted an investigation of the Lekki episode.

A picture of the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria, the site of a killing of peaceful protesters by the Nigerian military. The #EndsSARS hashtag is seen written in chalk on the ground in the foreground of the picture.

December 1, 2020

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.

Remaining members of the TPP gather at the signing agreement ceremony in Santiago, Chile, in March 2018.

November 25, 2020

Health
Automating Mental Health: The Global Promise and Peril

The use of algorithmic and data-driven technology in mental health care has expanded rapidly, posing new challenges for public governance. 

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters.

November 25, 2020

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico: A U.S. Territory in Crisis

The Caribbean island, which shares a close yet fraught relationship with the rest of the United States, faces a multilayered economic and social crisis, rooted in long-standing policy and compounded …

A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Puerto Rico.

November 23, 2020

Transition 2021
How Biden Can Prove That ‘America Is Back’ at the United Nations

Biden should reinvigorate American leadership within the United Nations and invest more energy and resources into multilateral diplomacy. 

The seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York on September 29, 2015.

November 23, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
What Is the World Doing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The search to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus is well underway. Governments and researchers are aiming to provide billions of people with immunity in eighteen months or less, which would be un…

An engineer shows an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing.

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 20, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is the Kafala System?

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for …

Workers are seen in the Lusail National Stadium, which is under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

November 18, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Young Professionals Briefing: U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Presidential Priorities and What to Expect

Panelists discuss recent events in the Middle East and how those events may affect U.S. Middle East policy in the coming year, including normalized relations between Israel and two Gulf nations; Leba…

Play Egyptians wearing face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic attend Friday prayers at the mosque of al-Imam al-Shafi in the cemetery district of Historic Cairo, Egypt

November 17, 2020

Palestinian Territories
A Conversation With Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh of the Palestinian Authority

Prime Minister Shtayyeh discusses the Palestinian Authority’s relations with the United States, its security and economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the broader Middle East peace process. 

Play Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh