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November 24, 2020

Democracy
Addressing the Effect of COVID-19 on Democracy in South and Southeast Asia

To prevent further democratic regression in South and Southeast Asia during the coronavirus pandemic, countries should continue holding free elections and counter illiberal leaders’ use of disinformation.

A police officer rides atop an armored personnel carrier during the start of a lockdown, owing to a rise in COVID-19 cases, in Navotas, in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines, on July 16, 2020.

November 24, 2020

Southeast Asia
What Is ASEAN?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional organization that brings together disparate neighbors to address economic, security, and political issues, but the group’s impact remains limited.

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

November 23, 2020

Human Rights
Making America Decent Again: Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy

The United States can only promote human rights abroad if it begins from a position of humility, acknowledging that the struggle to make America a more perfect union is ongoing.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump reaches his hand out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while sitting down in front of several United States and North Korean flags at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas,

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 18, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Young Professionals Briefing: U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Presidential Priorities and What to Expect

Panelists discuss recent events in the Middle East and how those events may affect U.S. Middle East policy in the coming year, including normalized relations between Israel and two Gulf nations; Leba…

Play Egyptians wearing face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic attend Friday prayers at the mosque of al-Imam al-Shafi in the cemetery district of Historic Cairo, Egypt

November 17, 2020

Peru
Peru’s Democratic Crisis

President Martin Vizcarra’s ouster has caused turmoil and a leadership vacuum, amid economic turbulence and severe pandemic strains. Why has Peru endured so much political upheaval?

November 13, 2020

Tanzania
Recent Election Highlights the Dangers of Disenfranchisement in Zanzibar

Tanzania’s fundamentally flawed elections in late October, and the additional repression unleashed in their immediate aftermath, have provoked international alarm and criticism.

Tanzanian government officials are processed before casting their ballots at a polling centre during the early voting for essential workers at the presidential and parliamentary polls in the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, Tanzania October 27, 2020

November 12, 2020

Cybersecurity
TikTok on the Clock: Data, Deals, and National Security

As the deadline approaches for Beijing-based social media platform TikTok to finalize a deal allowing its U.S. operations to continue, panelists discuss the rise of TikTok and other foreign-owned mob…

Play People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak use smartphones next to an advertisement of TikTok.

November 12, 2020

Nigeria
Harsh Measures in Nigeria

Human rights advocates in Nigeria and abroad are concerned that the Buhari administration is following a policy of repression following the demonstrations against abuses by the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A Nigerian police officer in full uniform speaks with two protesters during protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). There is a large crown in the background.

November 12, 2020

Cybersecurity
Widening the Aperture on the Study of Internet Control

Internet control is more than just an authoritarian problem. It invades the openness of democratic societies as well.

A man takes a selfie during a live screening of a ceremony by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.