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July 27, 2016

Cuba
Cuba and the American Bar Association

The motto of the American Bar Association (or ABA) is "Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice." It should perhaps be revised to "Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice, and Travel to Cuba."  Right now t…

July 4, 2019

Military Operations
Our Military Deserves Thanks on July 4—But Politicians, Press, and Civilians? Not So Much

Honoring the commitment, sacrifice and courage of our all-volunteer military, especially on the Fourth of July, should never be considered controversial or divisive. The U.S. military pledges its loy…

American flags

January 16, 2018

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Press Freedoms Collapse: 2018 Could Be Worse for Southeast Asian Democracy Than 2017

As I noted late last year, 2017 was a disastrous year for democracy in Southeast Asia. Democratic rights and freedoms already have been in decline in Southeast Asia for more than a decade, but 2017 w…

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June 27, 2013

Cybersecurity
Sharone Tobias: Internet and Press Freedom in Taiwan

Sharone Tobias is a Research Associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier this month, Taiwanese Internet advocacy groups succeeded in shutting down an anti-piracy bill sim…

A general view shows booths at the 2013 Computex exhibition, the world's second largest computer show, in Taipei World Trade Center on June 3, 2013. (Pichi Chuang/Courtesy Reuters)

November 14, 2019

Digital Policy
Reviewing a Multi-Polar Tech World in 2019: China, United States, and EU-Japan

While multilateral efforts to establish standards governing emerging technologies have attracted publicity, the reality is that countries continue to pursue their own technological initiatives global…

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the conference Communication Connecting Europe and Asia, in Brussels, Belgium September 27, 2019.

January 31, 2012

Nigeria
Guest Post: Press Freedom and Development in Africa

This is a guest post by Asch Harwood, CFR Africa program research associate. Follow him on Twitter at @aschlfod. The National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance (CIM…

Journalists carry placards along a street during a protest to mark World Press Freedom day in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, May 3, 2010.

November 1, 2017

Southeast Asia
ASEAN: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations brings together disparate neighbors to address economic, security, political, and social issues, but its impact remains limited.

A woman sits in front of flags of ASEAN members in Bali, Indonesia, November 16, 2011.

November 8, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 8, 2019

Twitter suspends terrorist group accounts, backtracking from former exceptions; Russia strives for sovereign internet with uncertain future; The United States and Taiwan hold first joint cyberwar exe…

People watch a live broadcast of India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, inside an electronics showroom in Kolkata, India, July 22, 2019.

November 1, 2019

Nigeria
The UN Should Speak Up About the Unlawful Detention of Journalists in Nigeria

On the same day that President Buhari spoke, his government ignored a court ruling ordering the release on bail of Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the founder of Sahara Reporters, a New York-based online news website that has reportedly extensively on government corruption in Nigeria. In fact, several Nigerian journalists and activists are unlawfully held in detention by the Nigerian government for reporting on widespread corruption and human rights violations. 

Police officers look on as Nigerians living in South Africa hold placards in protest against President Muhammadu Buhari.

November 1, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Israel, and Campaign Advisors

Each week, I look at what the presidential candidates are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail. 

Bernie Sanders speaks at the J Street National Conference in Washington, DC, on October 28.