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October 19, 2020

Southeast Asia
What Now for Thailand’s Protests?

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  The crackdown on Thai protesters at dawn on October 15 brought an abrupt end to overnight d…

People remove barricades blocking the road during an antigovernment protest, in Bangkok, Thailand on October 16, 2020.

October 16, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 16, 2020

Microsoft attempts to seize Russian botnet servers; Pakistan bans TikTok; Norway accuses Russia of compromising parliament email systems; States call for GGE and OEWG replacement; and Twitter and Fac…

Norway's Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide talks to the media outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

October 15, 2020

China
A Crack in the Wall? Not So Fast.

What can the quick rise—and equally quick fall—of a state-approved app that allows Chinese netizens limited access to western social media tell us about the CCP’s evolving approach to information, ce…

Visitors are seen at the booth of anti-virus software maker Qihoo 360 at the China International Software Expo in Beijing on June 29, 2018.

October 15, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Changing Style of African Coups

As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.

A picture of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, the country's largest city.

October 12, 2020

China
Boxed Out of the West, Huawei Looks to Russia to Survive the Crisis and Emerge Stronger

Huawei has turned to Russian talent and technology after losing access to U.S. software for its devices.

Huawei logo is pictured on the headquarters building in Reading.

October 9, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: VP Candidates Discuss Foreign Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed U.S. policy toward China and U.S. global leadership at Wedne…

Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence sit across from each other separated by plexiglass on the stage of the vice-presidential debate.

October 9, 2020

U.S. Congress
Cyber Week in Review: October 9, 2020

Clinical trials slowed by ransomware attack on software company; Big tech condemned by house lawmakers; QAnon groups and pages to be banned by Facebook; Department of Justice confiscates domains used…

A security guard walks past an Alipay logo at the office of Alipay.

October 9, 2020

India
Jaswant Singh—A Personal Remembrance

Marshall M. Bouton is president emeritus of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Former Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, whose service to his country spanned seven decades, passed away in …

Jaswant Singh speaks at a microphone.

October 7, 2020

Coronavirus
Taking Pandemic Preparedness Seriously: Lessons from COVID-19

The United States must finally translate its longstanding rhetoric about pandemic preparedness into concrete action.

A medical worker wearing protective mask is seen at a medical checkpoint at the entrance of the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia, Italy on March 3, 2020.

October 7, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
With "Burn-In," Cole and Singer Show Us the Robotic Future We Need to Avoid

Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution gives us the worst-case scenario of how increased automation can affect the U.S. economy and society.

French robot Pepper, detecting whether people are wearing face masks and if not, instructs them to wear them.