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May 1, 2018

China
Xi’s China Is More Authoritarian at Home and More Assertive Abroad, Argues Elizabeth Economy in New Book

May 1, 2018—“One of the great paradoxes of China today,” writes eminent China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy, “is Xi Jinping’s effort to position himself as a champion of globalization, while at th…

April 5, 2018

Botswana
Botswana-President-Mokgweetsi-Masisi Bucking Authoritarian Trend, Botswana Welcomes Its Fifth New President

Botswana inaugurated its fifth president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, on April 1 after President Ian Khama stepped down the day before.

March 28, 2018

China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with China’s Xi Jinping in Beijing. The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

March 15, 2018

Religion
Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar. Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

March 9, 2018

China
Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing. Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

February 21, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-SONA-Zuma Renewing U.S.-South Africa Relations Under President Ramaphosa

His forthright remarks represent a paradigm shift in that country’s governance and governing principles and provides an opportunity for the United States to reengage with a strategic ally after nearly two decades of eroding relations.

January 19, 2018

Southeast Asia
Aung San Suu Kyi_12.1.2018 The Rakhine State Crisis—and Myanmar’s Other Severe Problems

The ongoing crisis in Rakhine State, where the Myanmar armed forces have credibly been accused of ethnic cleansing and where the Myanmar military recently admitted that the security forces were invol…

January 17, 2018

U.S. Congress
Royce-Africa-Powell-Congress Ed Royce, Champion of Africa in the U.S. House, Will not Run for Reelection

This is a guest blog post by Anthony Carroll. Anthony is founding director of Acorus Capital, a private equity fund investing in Africa, and a vice president of Manchester Trade Limited, an internati…

January 3, 2018

North Korea
A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea. What to Know About the Sanctions on North Korea

North Korea continues to endure economic sanctions, suggesting that enforcement has not been strong enough to pressure Pyongyang into negotiations on its nuclear program.

December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…