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May 6, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Gendered Disinformation, Democracy, and the Need for a New Digital Social Contract

This post was coauthored by Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and former U.S. ambassador for global women’s issues, and Lucina Di Meco, cof…

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris addresses the media after participating in an event with women small business owners in Rhode Island.

April 30, 2021

Benin
Benin's Democracy Continues its Downward Spiral

Benin has been something of a poster child for African democracy following its move away from Marxism–Leninism after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But since Patrice Talon was elected in 2016, the president has systematically squeezed the substance out of the democratic and constitutional forms, leaving only a shell.

Benin President Patrice Talon speaks with a group of observers from the African Union; all are wearing masks, while the observers wear vests and the president wears a suit.

April 27, 2021

Asia
“Difficult Choices: Taiwan’s Quest for Security and the Good Life”: A Review

Taiwan will need to make painful tradeoffs to ensure its continued security, Richard Bush argues in a new book.

Nan Shan Plaza (L) and Taiwan's landmark building Taipei 101 are pictured through the window of an airplane, in Taipei, Taiwan on August 19, 2018.

April 26, 2021

Coronavirus
How Populism Has Proven Lethal in This Pandemic

The pandemic is where simple narratives go to die. Most of the predictions that people made a year ago have turned out to be false. Democracies did not systematically do better than dictatorships…

Photos of politicians and crosses are splattered in red ink during a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for his administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

April 23, 2021

China
A Conversation With State Councilor Wang Yi of China

State Councilor Wang Yi discusses China's foreign and domestic policies, including the impact of COVID-19 and the future of relations with the United States.

Play Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) prior to their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea, November 26, 2020.

April 22, 2021

Southeast Asia
ASEAN’s Myanmar Crisis: Part 2

This weekend, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will hold an emergency summit in Jakarta, focused on the dire situation in Myanmar, where the country continues to spiral toward wides…

Demonstrators are seen before a clash with security forces in Taze, Sagaing Region, Myanmar on April 7, 2021.

April 22, 2021

Chad
The Unfolding Consequences of Idriss Déby's Death

The ripple effects emanating from the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby on April 20 are only beginning to be apparent. Most immediately, the future of Chad has been thrown into question. Déby reportedly died while on the frontlines fighting rebel forces, just days after cementing his continued grip on power through a staged election devoid of both integrity and suspense.

Chad's President Idriss Deby attends a working session of the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania June 30, 2020

April 20, 2021

Europe
COVID-19 and the Threat to Press Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe

Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased threats to press freedom in the region, raising questions over how to respond.   

April 14, 2021

Somalia
Somalia's Political Crisis Demands Sustained Attention

The lower house of Somalia’s parliament has voted to postpone national elections, which have already been delayed by months, by an additional two years, leaving themselves and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmaajo, in place in the interim

A picture of Somali lawmakers with their hands raised, and one with her left thumb up, as they sit in the lower house of parliament.

April 14, 2021

Southeast Asia
ASEAN’s Myanmar Crisis

With the situation in Myanmar disintegrating into chaos, and Myanmar possibly becoming a potential failed state, some regional powers, including the United States and Australia, have taken significan…

An anti-coup protester walks past burning tires after activists launched a "garbage strike" against the military rule, in Yangon, Myanmar on March 30, 2021.