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February 1, 2022

China
The Games Nobody Wants: How the Winter Olympics Became a Headache for China

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing were supposed to be a triumph for the Chinese government. But the COVID-19 pandemic and diplomatic boycotts have hampered its plans.

A person walks in the Olympic Park inside the closed loop before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

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 22, 2016

Turkey
Winter Storm Reading

Snow- and Middle East–themed reading for this weekend's winter storm.

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February 18, 2014

Russia
A Nigerian in the Winter Olympics?

For an inspiring if also heartbreaking story, check out Drew Hinshaw’s Wall Street Journal piece on Seun Adebiyi, a Nigerian with a Yale law degree, and Wall Street experience who tried to qualify fo…

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February 9, 2018

South Korea
The Pyeongchang Winter Olympiad and South Korea’s Diplomatic Goals

South Korea branded the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as the “Peace Olympics” as part of its campaign to win rights to host the games. Just months ago, the phrase seemed empty as Donald Trump and Kim J…

The Olympics Are Here and the Stakes Are High for South Korea

August 4, 2022

United States
Happy 232nd Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!

The U.S. Coast Guard marks 232 years of service.

Two Coast Guardsmen search a low profile vessel in front of a large, white Coast Guard ship.

February 4, 2022

Japan
Japan’s Lawmakers Call Out Human Rights Abuses in China

As the winter Olympics begin this week in Beijing, the Japanese parliament has added its voice to the global chorus of concern about human rights in China. 

Lawmakers stand up to show their support as Japan's parliament adopts resolution on human rights in China at the parliament in Tokyo

January 16, 2018

South Korea
The Winter Olympics and the Paradox of South Korea’s Global Reach and Its Regional Constraint

The war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in recent months has virtually drowned out the voice of South Korea, which has an existential stake in the avoidance of full-blown conflict on th…

The Winter Olympics and the Paradox of South Korea’s Global Reach and Its Regional Constraint

June 27, 2018

South Africa
Even as Winter Rains Come to Cape Town, Water Scarcity Is Here to Stay

In 2017, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster area because of the drought. In March, the ruling African National Congress’ minister for cooperative governance, Zweli Mkhize, declared a national state of emergency. However, with the arrival of winter rains, Mkhize did not renew the state of emergency when it expired on June 13.

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February 27, 2015

Winter Break 2015

I am on winter vacation so there will be light blogging in the coming week. Cheers!

Winter Break 2015