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September 11, 2020

Americas
The Pandemic Is Eroding Bolivians’ Trust in Democracy

Interim President Jeanine Áñez’s decision to postpone Bolivia’s election twice has sparked protests, revealing the threat COVID-19 poses to democratic governance worldwide.

A hand holds a stethoscope in front of a blurred Bolivian flag

September 17, 2020

South Africa
Transnational White Supremacist Militancy Thriving in South Africa

As white supremacist militancy has raced across the Western world, it has not spared South Africa from being swept up in the chaos. International white supremacist networks both strengthen and are strengthened by the Afrikaner movement in South Africa.

Three South African men hold flags of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, including a red flag with three black sevens in the middle, and a blue, orange, and white flag pinned to a cross.

September 16, 2020

Currency Reserves
Asian Intervention in the Foreign Exchange Market is Back. Bigly.

Joe Gagnon and Fred Bergsten have called the years from 2003 to 2013 the decade of manipulation, as a host of Asian countries protected their competitive position of their exporters by intervening ma…

Asian Intervention in the Foreign Exchange Market is Back. Bigly.

August 18, 2020

International Finance
Africa Remains Untapped Market for Booming Black Businesses in America

African Americans are in a financial position to start businesses in Africa, including in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ghana, and they should.

African man, a professional runner from Kenya, stands in front of his store selling athletic gear. A sign on the wall says "Olympics Corner Iten-Kenya", above a Kenyan flag.

September 11, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Foreign Policy Is AWOL

Each Friday, I look at what is being said about foreign policy on the campaign trail. This week: For all of its surprises, 2020 is shaping up as a traditional campaign year in one important respect.

Two people in masks walk by a mural of the U.S. flag in Ocean Beach, California.

September 9, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia” by Ben Bland

Thomas Pepinsky is Tisch University Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author, most recently, of …

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures as he delivers a speech ahead of the 75th Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August, 14, 2020.

September 3, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Constitutionalizing Equality: The Equal Rights Amendment as a Catalyst for Change

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is back in the headlines with new ferocity. Following Virginia’s ratification earlier this year, the House of Representatives moved swiftly to grant the amendment a n…

Equal Rights Amendment, Virginia

September 2, 2020

India
India’s Contact Tracing App Is a Bridge Too Far

Aarogya Setu, India's coronavirus contact tracing app, raises numerous concerns around transparency, privacy, and governance.

A barber wearing a protective face mask looks at his mobile phone.

August 31, 2020

China
Closing the Book on Huawei’s Global Aspirations

The Commerce Department's newest round of restrictions are likely the final blow against the company.

People walk past an advertisement announcing the opening of a Huawei store.

August 27, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 27, 2020

TikTok sues U.S. government; New Zealand stock exchange disrupted by cyberattacks since Tuesday; India to phase out Chinese equipment from telecommunications networks; and Federal agencies release ad…

A man holding a phone walks past a sign of Chinese company ByteDance's app TikTok.