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March 28, 2018

Technology and Innovation
Preventing the Balkanization of the Internet

This post is co-authored by Fred Hu, Chairman and Founder of Primavera Capital Group, a China-based global investment firm. With the entire global economy becoming inextricably linked to the Inter…

iPhone screen/Facebook/WhatsApp

April 9, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Sexual Slavery Conviction at the ICC

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers April 3 to April 9.

The International Criminal Court, located in The Hague, Netherlands.

July 22, 2021

Ethiopia
Risks Grow as Tigray Conflict Enters New Phase

When Ethiopian federal forces declared a unilateral ceasefire at the end of June and Tigrayan fighters retook control of the regional capital, Mekelle, it did not signal the end of the crisis, but rather a pivot to a new phase.

Two soldiers stand on a bridge with assault rifles. Their reflections can be seen in water in front of them.

October 18, 2008

Monetary Policy
Where is my swap line? And will the diffusion of financial power Balkanize the global response to a broadening crisis?

Some emerging market central banks have noticed that they – unlike the Bank of Japan, Bank of England, Swiss National Bank and the European Central Bank – don’t have access to unlimited dollar credit…

June 12, 2017

Digital Policy
Internet Fragmentation Exists, But Not In the Way That You Think

Guest contributor Milton Mueller examines whether a global and interconnected internet is truly under threat of being "Balkanized."

Chinese internet cafe

April 27, 2021

Europe
The Belt and Road Initiative: Forcing Europe to Reckon with China?

In addition to undermining European unity, BRI may also work to cleave the transatlantic alliance. To head off these dilemmas, Europe will need to provide clear alternatives to Chinese infrastructure…

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 6, 2019, shows a cargo ship of COSCO Shipping Lines at the Port of Piraeus in Greece.

April 1, 2019

Europe
As NATO Turns Seventy, the European Security Debate Comes Full Circle

As NATO turns seventy, history's most successful multilateral alliance faces significant internal challenges. 

U.S. President Donald J. Trump attends a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2018.

December 29, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2020

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2020 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a memorial service for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui at a chapel of Aletheia University in New Taipei City, Taiwan September 19, 2020.

November 7, 2016

Russia
Securing Strategic Buffer Space: Case Studies and Implications for U.S. Global Strategy

Sungtae “Jacky” Park is research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. A series of geopolitical fault lines are coming apart today. There is a hybrid conflict in Ukraine, an arc of destruct…

June 27, 2014

Austria
TWE Remembers: The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

A loving couple. An heir to the throne. A wife shunned by her husband’s family. Two countries bitterly at odds. A shadowy secret organization. Security officials indifferent to their responsibilities…

Archduke