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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…

April 26, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Press Freedom Varies Considerably Across Africa

The RWB index provides a useful tool for comparing media freedom around the continent. It also provides yet another example of the diversity of the African continent. With respect to media freedom, Ghana and South Africa are far removed from Sudan and Eritrea. 

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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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July 6, 2017

Myanmar
The NLD-Led Government in Myanmar Looks Eerily Familiar on Press Freedom

The National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government in Myanmar has now been in office for more than a year, with Aung San Suu Kyi as de facto head of government. Suu Kyi certainly wields sizable i…

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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.

September 25, 2018

Cybersecurity
The Implications of Defending Forward in the New Pentagon Cyber Strategy

The concept of "defend forward" is heavily emphasized in the new Department of Defense cyber strategy. Despite what others may think, defending forward in cyberspace is not a new concept. 

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September 24, 2018

Maldives
Maldives Halts Democratic Backsliding

The outcome of the election in the Maldives, which ousted the authoritarian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, allows the country to focus on rebuilding its democratic institutions and its relati…

Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives on September 24, 2018. Ashwa Faheem/Reuters

September 21, 2018

Maldives
Maldives Election: Weekend Reading

Ahead of Sunday's election in the Maldives, read up on the issues facing the island nation, including democratic backsliding, corruption, and geopolitical competition between China and India.

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen and China's President Xi Jinping attend a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on December 7, 2017.

September 21, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 21, 2018

This week: two U.S. cyber strategies, China self-censors, big tech not happy about data localization in India, and European antitrust regulators look into Amazon.

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September 21, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
MIKTA in the Middle: A Little-Known Multilateral Group Turns Five

In 2013, the nations of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia formally launched “MIKTA.” The latest in an alphabet soup of informal groupings that have sprung up since the end of the C…

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks during a media conference after holding the 8th foreign minister's meeting known as MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia) in Sydney, Australia.