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July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Will COVID-19 Make This Year’s Election Different for Singapore’s Ruling Party?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared in a televised address last week that Singapore would hold its next general election on July 10. Lee and other members of the long-ruling People’s Action Party…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

May 27, 2020

United States
Did the Dollar's Position as the Leading Reserve Currency Help Hold Treasury Yields Down This Spring?

Foreign Treasury sales, including large sales from reserve managers, made the Fed's job harder, not easier, in March.

Did the Dollar's Position as the Leading Reserve Currency Help Hold Treasury Yields Down This Spring?

December 5, 2019

Southeast Asia
Looking Ahead to Next Year: Southeast Asia’s Big 2020 Elections

Coming off a year with critical elections in Thailand and Indonesia, in 2020 Southeast Asians will go to the polls in several important countries. Most notably, both Singapore and Myanmar will hold g…

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at a school in Kawhmu, Yangon, Myanmar, on July 18, 2019.

October 18, 2017

China
China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

Maylin Meisenheimer is a research associate in the Asia studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations This blog is cross-posted with CFR's Asia Unbound.  The 19th Party Congress is almost…

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October 10, 2017

China
China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

Maylin Meisenheimer is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The 19th Party Congress is almost here, bringing with it a slew of questions about China’s future,…

A general view shows delegates raising their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing November 14, 2012.

December 8, 2016

China
Podcast: Xi Jinping’s Team of Rivals

“Sometimes if you want to purge a leader, start with his mishu [secretary].” Cheng Li, director of the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center, is one of the last true practitioners of …

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July 25, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Question of the Week: China in Africa Part III

This is the third Question of the Week post about Chinese involvement in Africa. Last week, we focused on the debate of whether Africa or China itself benefits more from Chinese aid. The week before …

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March 22, 2018

China
Unrivaled Power: The Lifting of China’s Presidential Term Limits

Speakers discuss the proposed amendment to China’s constitution to eliminate presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in power indefinitely, and the implications for China’s …

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Risk and Strategy for the Changing World

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and King's College London held a two day symposium on risk and strategy for the changing world on March 24 and 25, 2014. The symposium, held at CFR's office in …

January 24, 2017

Laos
A Great Place to Have a War

The definitive account of the secret war in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos, which lasted almost two decades and forever changed the CIA’s controversial role in foreign policy.