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December 3, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Future of Roe v. Wade

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 November 20 to December 3. 

People gather outside the Supreme Court building on the day of arguments in the Mississippi abortion rights case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2021.

December 3, 2021

Southeast Asia
How Will Cambodia as ASEAN Chair Handle the Myanmar Crisis?

Myanmar’s junta still has nothing to fear from ASEAN.

Myanmar's Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing salutes during the Martyrs' Day ceremony in Yangon on July 19, 2020.

December 1, 2021

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Two Cheers for the Department of Defense’s New Data and Artificial Intelligence Leadership Initiative

The reorganization proposal will face bureaucratic hurdles, but if it succeeds, it could make U.S. data and AI leadership more likely.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaking into a microphone. Behind him is a sign with an image of the Pentagon.

December 1, 2021

World Trade Organization (WTO)
An Environmentalist Case for Resurrecting the WTO Appellate Body

As countries confront the environmental effects of global trade, the potential for disputes and abuses rises. A venue for addressing such concerns exists in principle—but is in desperate need of resu…

An Indian scientist points to a patch of genetically modified (GM) rapeseed crops under trial in New Delhi, February 13, 2015.

November 30, 2021

Southeast Asia
Can Biden’s Democracy Summit Have Any Effect?

Will the Summit for Democracy deliver on its goal of renewing democracy around the world? 

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on November 11, 2021.

December 1, 2021

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2022

As two thousand twenty-one comes to a close, here are ten notable historical anniversaries to mark in two thousand twenty-two.

Nixon Mao

November 16, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Meaningful Climate Action Requires Taking Africa’s Needs Seriously

As the world debates the successes, failures, and omissions of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, one inescapable conclusion is that Africa’s needs should be elevated on the global climate agenda. African leaders went into the conference with a clear agenda about the urgency of support for adaptation, the centrality of expanding access to power for Africans, and the overall need for partnering with African states on equal footing if the world is to have a realistic hope of saving itself.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and DRC President Felix Tshisekedi, both wearing suits, shake hands in front of a stylized globe.

November 12, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 12, 2021

The House passes major infrastructure bill; China accuses Indian group perpetrated airline hacks; Justice Department charges REvil associates; Meta announces ad changes; TSMC will build a $7 billion …

TSMC's main factory in Taiwan.

November 5, 2021

COVID-19
A Malaysian Success

What explains Malaysia's success in vaccinating its population?

Nurses prepare doses of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the secondary school students at a school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 4, 2021.