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September 17, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Withdraws 450 Peacekeepers from the Central African Republic

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 September 11 to September 17.

UN peacekeepers patrol a street in Bangui during the 2015 presidential election in the Central African Republic.

September 17, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trade Versus Subs: The Risky U.S. Tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific

Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world's largest economies ever-closer toward China?  

U.S Secretary of State Blinken and U.S Defense Secretary Austin, host Australian counterparts at US State Department

July 1, 2021

Latin America
Central America’s Turbulent Northern Triangle

The U.S. government is responding to another wave of migrants fleeing poverty, violence, and other challenges in the Central American region.

A child sits outside her home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

August 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar: Asia’s Orphaned Cinderella

Six months after a military coup, Myanmar remains orphaned both by regional powers and the West.

Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing presides over an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on March 27, 2021.

March 22, 2021

El Salvador
Why Central American Migrants Are Arriving at the U.S. Border

Thousands of people are arriving at the U.S. southern border after fleeing the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. President Biden is reviving efforts to tackle the p…

April 20, 2021

Europe
COVID-19 and the Threat to Press Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe

Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased threats to press freedom in the region, raising questions over how to respond.   

June 15, 2021

Southeast Asia
Irresistible Inducement? Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia

Cheng-Chwee Kuik is associate professor and head of the Center for Asian Studies at the National University of Malaysia. Southeast Asia occupies a central place on the map of China’s Belt and Roa…

Leaders pose for a family photo at the ASEAN-China Summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 3, 2019.

June 6, 2021

Immigration and Migration
Corruption Endemic in Central America and Mexico

Corruption in Central America has become pervasive, insidious, and systematic. And, as much as any other factor, it spurs migration. The United States should partner with non-governmental organizatio…

May 25, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Transition 2021 Series: South Asia and Geopolitical Competition

Panelists discuss the future of U.S. policy towards India and Pakistan under the Biden administration, including humanitarian aid and the recent COVID-19 spike in India, China’s geopolitical influenc…

Play An Indian security personnel stands guard as a motorist passes by near India Gate, ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2015.

June 10, 2021

Southeast Asia
The Digital Silk Road and China’s Technology Influence in Southeast Asia

Dai Mochinaga is a senior researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC. China has expanded its influence over Southeast Asia's technological development through its Digital Silk Road (DSR) ini…

China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, on November 23, 2020.