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May 26, 2022

Technology and Innovation
Can You Hear Me? Speech and Power in the Global Digital Town Square

Elon Musk's plans to buy Twitter have led to renewed discussions on free speech. But much of the debate has neglected the international reach of social media companies—and its legal implications.

Elon Musk's twitter account is seen on a smartphone in front of the Twitter logo in this photo illustration taken on April 15, 2022.

May 26, 2022

Technology and Innovation
Can You Hear Me? Speech and Power in the Global Digital Town Square

Elon Musk's plans to buy Twitter have led to renewed discussions on free speech. But much of the debate has neglected the international reach of social media companies—and its legal implications.

Elon Musk's twitter account is seen on a smartphone in front of the Twitter logo in this photo illustration taken on April 15, 2022.

February 9, 2022

Southeast Asia
The Return of Coups and Military Power: A Rising Danger

The resurgence of military political power is particularly notable in Southeast Asia, given that many of the states of the region had previously advanced toward becoming consolidated democracies.

A Thai soldier sits in front of the blockage of a road leading to the Thailand-Myanmar border where the fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic minority rebels still continues, in Mae Sot district, Tak province, Thailand, on December 19, 2021.

April 19, 2022

United Nations
The Biden Administrations Flirts with Dangerous Moves to Weaken U.S. Veto Power in the United Nations

The U.N. General Assembly is debating a move to weaken veto power in the Security Council, and the Biden administration is supporting the draft. But weakening the veto is clearly against U.S. interes…

March 24, 2022

Cybersecurity
The Opportunities and Challenges of Military Cyber Exercises

Cyber exercises have become an increasingly prominent tool in training and demonstrating capability. They offer both benefits and challenges to military planners.

A group of cybersecurity personnel sit facing each other at a row of laptops.

May 24, 2022

Taiwan
What Biden’s Big Shift on Taiwan Means

In moving away from strategic ambiguity, Biden made a long overdue adjustment to U.S. policy.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stand at two podiums, Biden on the left and Kishida on the right. They are facing an audience.

April 6, 2022

Burkina Faso
Blaise Compaore’s Conviction Is a Momentous Victory for the Rule of Law and Citizen Power in Africa

Former Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore’s sentence of life imprisonment by an Ouagadougou military court for complicity in the murder of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, marks an important victory for the rule of law in the country and the region as a whole. In exile in the Ivory Coast since his ouster from power following a popular uprising in 2014, Compaore was tried in absentia. Erstwhile Presidential Security Chief Hyacinthe Kafando, currently at large and also tried in absentia, similarly received a life sentence.

Burkina Faso's former president looks to the side wearing a suit and tie.

November 4, 2021

China
DoD's 2021 China Military Power Report: How Advances in AI and Emerging Technologies Will Shape China’s Military

China is leveraging emerging technologies such as autonomous systems, quantum, cyber and more to challenge U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific. The latest DoD report on Chinese military power explains…

A Chinese soldier stands in front of military vehicles carrying hypersonic glide missiles DF-17.

October 25, 2021

Sudan
Sudanese Military Leaders Seize Power, Dissolve Transitional Government

Monday’s coup in Sudan represents an attempt by forces who were never interested reform or democracy to derail the country’s transition and protect their own interests at the expense of the rest of the country. While General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan claims that “the Armed Forces will continue completing the democratic transition,” his actions and those of the military leadership reveal the undeniable reality—they will forcefully resist any attempt to finish the work of the revolution, reform the security services, and establish real lines of accountability between the people and their leaders.

A large crowd of protesters stands in the street.

January 26, 2022

Sudan
Sudanese Protesters Insist on End to Military Rule

As the fraught standoff in Sudan enters its fourth month, pro-democracy demonstrators persist in resisting the military officers that seized power in October. Their courage and determination deserve the world’s attention and support.

Protesters, one holding a Sudanese flag, walk down the street. A young girl in the foreground throws up two fingers in a peace symbol.