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September 9, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia” by Ben Bland

Thomas Pepinsky is Tisch University Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author, most recently, of …

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures as he delivers a speech ahead of the 75th Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August, 14, 2020.

June 8, 2020

Southeast Asia
Rodrigo Duterte Goes Even Farther in Using COVID-19 to Crack Down

In recent months, Southeast Asian leaders—and leaders from many other parts of the world—have utilized the COVID-19 pandemic to expand executive powers, crack down on civil society and undermine oppo…

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines on September 8, 2018.

April 14, 2020

Southeast Asia
Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s Response

Duterte, like other illiberal populists, has fumbled his initial handling of the pandemic. The fallout could damage his popularity and legacy.

Passengers wear protective masks while waiting at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on March 13, 2020, following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of a local travel ban in the Philippine capital

June 15, 2020

Philippines
Maria Ressa’s Verdict: A Capstone for the Collapse of Press Freedom in Southeast Asia

Yesterday (U.S. time), editor Maria Ressa, one of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines, and indeed in the world—she was selected as one of Time’s people of the year in 2018 and featured …

Maria Ressa in a white mask surrounded by reporters

February 27, 2020

Elections and Voting
Mobilizing the National Guard to Secure U.S. Elections

States are increasingly relying on the National Guard to provide cybersecurity in elections. As the 2020 election approaches, they will need to decide how to best fund and deploy their forces to prot…

Members of the Arizona National Guard.

February 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Duterte Terminates the Visiting Forces Agreement … or Does He?

Last week, after hinting at it for some time, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte officially announced he would terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Under the agreem…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 22, 2019.

February 20, 2020

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Continues to Struggle to Confront the Coronavirus

Although Southeast Asia remains the region where the coronavirus is most likely to spread in significant numbers, most of the region’s states remain significantly underprepared to deal with the virus…

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers pose during an emergency meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the coronavirus outbreak in Vientiane, Laos on February 20, 2020.

January 27, 2020

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Governments Squeeze Freedom of the Press

Southeast Asia has never been an easy environment for reporters. The region contains two of the most repressive states in the world, Laos and Vietnam, which are ranked by Freedom House as “not free” …

Philip Jacobson_Mongabay

January 16, 2020

United States
Five Questions About the Senate Impeachment Trial Answered

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began today as the House trial managers read the articles of impeachment on the Senate floor and Chief Justice John Roberts swore in ninety-nine U.S. s…

Impeachment

January 10, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: 2019 Year in Review

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post highlights the top news stories of 2019 and was com…

Women participate in a demonstration against gender violence, in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 6, 2019.