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February 23, 2021

Coronavirus
Tanzania’s COVID Denialism Harms its Economic Future

Beyond the immediate, detrimental effects for Tanzanians’ health, President John Magufuli’s aggressive COVID denialism is likely to dent the country’s economic prospects.

Two women in Tanzania are seen wearing gloves, masks, and facial shields to protect against COVID-19. Both are also wearing colorful, patterned clothing.

February 16, 2021

Democracy
Trump Still Casts a Shadow Over Biden’s Pro-Democracy Ambitions

The rationale behind Biden’s democracy summit is not idealistic but deeply realistic. It reflects a conviction that a world order based on a core of resilient democracies is likely to be a safer, mor…

A Capitol police officer stands behind a large black fence with the Capitol off in the distance, securing the area ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2021.

February 2, 2021

Digital Policy
Reinvigorating Internet Policy by Doubling Down on Human Rights

A new approach to internet regulation and governance by the Biden administration should articulate a broad, coherent vision for an open internet anchored on core human rights and democratic values.

U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders.

January 22, 2021

Southeast Asia
A Review of “How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions”

Charles Dunst is a visiting scholar at the East-West Center in Washington, an associate at LSE IDEAS, and a contributing editor of American Purpose. In January 2017 at Davos, the small alpine town…

China's President Xi Jinping speaks while taking part in an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army's participation in the Korean War at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 23, 2020.

January 20, 2021

Tanzania
Parting of Ways: Secretary Pompeo Announces Sanctions on Tanzania

On January 19, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo—on his last full day in the position—announced visa restrictions on “Tanzanian officials responsible for or complicit in undermining” the general elections held in late October last year.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his predecessor, Jakaya Kikwete, can be seen speaking to one another ahead of a speech for the ruling party, the Chama cha Mapinduzi. Kikwete is holding a microphone while Magufuli leans back laughing.

January 13, 2021

Southeast Asia
COVID-19 Batters Asia’s Already-Struggling Democracies

Over the past fifteen years, democracy across Asia has regressed. Although the region still has strong democracies like South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, many other leading Asian democracies and countri…

A police officer checks a passenger's body temperature at a quarantine checkpoint amid the reimposed strict lockdown to curb COVID-19 infections, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on August 5, 2020.

January 12, 2021

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Authoritarianism, Social Media, the United States, and Africa

Twitter and other social media platforms have suspended or restricted President Donald J. Trump's access, mostly because of his and his followers’ use of them to incite violence, though their stated, precise reasons vary from one to another.

A photo illustration shows the suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump on a smartphone at the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C. on January 8, 2021.

January 11, 2021

Cybersecurity
From the Arab Spring to the American Winter: Cyberspace and Democracy After the Insurrection

January 6, 2021 serves as the darkest moment of the democratic experience with the internet and digital technologies.

Members of the National Guard arrive to the U.S. Capitol.

January 8, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: A Divisive and Damaging Presidency Nears Its End

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The mob that stormed the Capitol Building this week highlighted how Donald Trump’s pr…

Pro-Trump protestors line the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building waving flags and hanging Trump 2020 banners.

January 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
Cambodia Begins Oil Production, But Who Will Benefit?

Late last year, Cambodia finally began oil production, from offshore fields in the Gulf of Thailand. A joint venture between the Cambodian government and Singaporean company KrisEnergy Ltd started pr…

Chairman of the KrisEnergy Group Tan Ek Kia (L) shakes hands with Cambodian Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth during a signing ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on August 23, 2017.