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October 20, 2021

Religion
Israel and Palestine: Challenges to Coexistence

Marc Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution and James H. Laue professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, a…

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October 20, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Darryl G. Behrman Lecture on Africa Policy: The Impact of COVID-19 on Democracy in Africa

Panelists discuss the impact of COVID-19 on democracy in Africa, including suspended elections and lockdown measures sometimes used to target opposition groups and the media, as well as steps some co…

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October 20, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 9–15

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 9 to October 15, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

October 19, 2021

China
Beijing’s Grand Strategy, With Matt Pottinger

Matt Pottinger, senior advisor at the Marathon Initiative and chairman of the China Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss China’s ambitions …

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October 18, 2021

Cameroon
Cameroon Presidential Succession Looms Large in Solving Country's Political Crises

In Cameroon, an incident last week in which a gendarme shot and killed a young child in Buea—a regional capital that has been the site of clashes between anglophone separatists and federal government forces—is the most recent outrage to make international headlines. Yet every day, the country’s civil conflict inflicts a brutal toll on the population, with surprisingly little outside attention. For five years, a deepening crisis has pit anglophone separatists against federal authorities, leading to thousands of lives lost and hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced—disrupting the education of hundreds of thousands of children in the process.

Soldiers brandishing rifles sit in the back of a camouflaged pickup truck. An election advertisement board of Cameroon President Paul Biya is seen behind them alongside another billboard with an advertisement.

October 18, 2021

China
Virtual Roundtable: What Xi’s “Common Prosperity” Policies Mean for China and the Global Economy

Michael Pettis, professor of finance at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in Beijing, and coauthor, most recently, of Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts th…

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October 13, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 2–8

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 2 to October 8, 2021.

October 12, 2021

Eswatini
Swazi Students Resist Monarchy to Continue the Fight for Democracy

The people of eSwatini have not stopped trying to chart a different course for their future. In particular, students around the country, at the university and high-school levels, have been organizing walkouts and continuing to call for a transition to democratic governance.

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October 6, 2021

Indo-Pacific
Academic Webinar: Balancing the Indo-Pacific

Dhruva Jaishankar, executive director of Observer Research Foundation America and nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute, led a conversation on balancing the Indo-Pacific. FASKIANOS: Thank you, …

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October 5, 2021

Democracy
Young Professionals Briefing: The Future of Democracy Around the World

Panelists discuss democratic backsliding, the rights of marginalized populations living under authoritarian regimes, and the prospects for and obstacles against democratic movements around the world…

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