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January 18, 2022

Nigeria
Twitter Ban Shows Limits of State Power in Nigeria

Last week’s announcement by Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, the director general of Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), that the government had reversed its Twitter ban after seven months has gone virtually unnoticed. If the Buhari government expected Twitter users and small businesses hurt by the original ban to be falling over themselves in gratitude, all it got was something bordering on a collective shrug of the shoulders.

A headline from The Guardian Nigeria reads "FG lifts Twitter ban after 222 days, N546.5b economic losses."

January 14, 2022

Economics
C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With John C. Williams

John C. Williams of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York discusses monetary policy, the continued impact of COVID-19, and the economic outlook for the year ahead. The C. Peter McColough Series on …

Play An investor views stock prices on monitors at a securities company on May 28, 2007 in Changchun of Jilin Province, China. Chinese stocks hit new highs today with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closing at 4,272.11 points, up 2.21 percent, as the total number of share trading accounts in the country topped 100 million.

January 13, 2022

Afghanistan
Virtual Screening and Discussion of Flee

Our panelists discuss Flee, an animated documentary about a young man's odyssey escaping Afghanistan with his mother and siblings. Twenty years later, he grapples with how his traumatic past will aff…

Play Refugees who fled Afghanistan walk in a line through the terminal in VA to board buses.

January 11, 2022

China
Young Professionals Briefing: Navigating Increasing Tensions Between China and Taiwan

Panelists discuss the state of China-Taiwan relations, U.S. interests in the Taiwan Strait, and the potential for increased tensions to escalate into open conflict. The CFR Young Professionals B…

Play An F-16 jet fighter of Taiwan's air force takes off from the eastern Hualien airbase, 17 August, 2004.

January 10, 2022

Latin America
Latin America's New Economic Model May Emerge in Chile

Once the region’s no-frills, free-market poster child, Chile needs more government spending, not less, to sustain its growth trajectory.

Chile's president elect, Gabriel Boric, gives a thumbs up

January 6, 2022

Religion
Religion and Populism in the United States and Europe

The University of Birmingham's Jocelyne Cesari and Pembroke College, Oxford's Tobias Cremer discuss the relationship between religion and populism, and how this relationship is affecting the politics…

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January 6, 2022

Politics and Government
Renewing America Series: The Growing Divide—Polarization in the United States

On the one-year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, our panelists examine polarization in the United States and the threats it poses to U.S. democracy. This meeting is part of the Diamo…

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December 30, 2021

COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in the Military Is a Manageable Challenge

The military has vaccinated the vast majority of service members, but pockets of hesitancy remain. What’s driving the reluctance, and what should be done to overcome it?

A U.S. Army reserve soldier receives the COVID-19 vaccine at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in August 2021.

December 28, 2021

2021 in Review
Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, here are ten influential U.S. foreign policy figures who passed away this year. 

American flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff as the sun sets behind the U.S. Capitol Building.

December 27, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
A Guide to Global COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

The swift development of effective vaccines against COVID-19 was an unprecedented scientific achievement. But production challenges, vaccine nationalism, and variants such as omicron have all present…

Physician Alister Martin receives one of the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 16, 2020.Craig F. Walker