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September 24, 2020

United States
Why Does the Census Matter?

The U.S. census, one of the few in the world to directly count every resident, is used to distribute political power as well as federal funding. In 2020, it faces complications due to the coronavirus…

Aerial shot suburban LA

September 23, 2020

Health
What Does the CDC Do?

The federal agency has a broad mandate to protect Americans’ health and an expansive global reach. But the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked debate about the future of the CDC.

An audience member photographs a slide showing the likeness of the Ebola virus during an Ebola safety presentation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 7, 2014, in Los Angeles.

September 22, 2020

Afghanistan
A Conversation With Abdullah Abdullah

Abdullah Abdullah discusses the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, and the challenges facing Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation.

Play Abdullah Abdullah speaks during opening remarks for talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar

September 21, 2020

A Conversation With Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran

Please join Foreign Minister Zarif for a discussion of Iranian relations with the United States, the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and prospects for peace in the Middle Ea…

Play Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif standing next to a red, white, green Iranian flag

September 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thai Protests Focus More Explicitly on the Monarchy

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. After weeks of reformist protests in Bangkok and other parts of the country, Thailand’s demo…

Pro-democracy protesters display the three-fingered salute while singing the national anthem during a mass rally to call for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy, in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 20, 2020.

September 21, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 12-18

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 12 to 18, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

September 21, 2020

China
The Summer of the Ban

This summer, an increasing number of Chinese tech companies have been pulled into geopolitical incidents involving Beijing.

A member of National Students' Union of India (NSUI) holds a placard during a protest against China.

September 21, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t Only About Iran. There’s Also Turkey.

Israel and the UAE both see Iran as a mutual enemy, but their decision to normalize relations also helps them form a united front against Turkey’s growing regional influence.

A child sits on a man's shoulders and holds the Turkish and Palestinian flags.

September 18, 2020

Nigeria
Boko Haram Arms Stockpiling Indicates Long-Term Threat

States and organizations that contribute troops, military equipment, money, and political support for ongoing efforts to counter Boko Haram need to reassess their current approaches to combatting the threat. The United States has an important role to play

Burned out military vehicle, with tires removed, stands on a road in Nigeria, with soldiers looking on.

September 18, 2020

Global
Women’s Power Index

Find out where women around the world wield political power—and why it matters.