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August 5, 2020

China
China's Retrograde Rural Land Policies

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, rural land reform is a perennial problem for the Chinese government.

A man rides past houses at Furong village, Hunan province, China, May 10, 2018.

August 3, 2020

Southeast Asia
Vietnam’s Response to the United States’ Changing Approach to the South China Sea

Huong Le Thu is a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. July 2020 marked a significant shift in developments regarding the South China Sea. The Trump administration announce…

The Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Parramatta (L) is underway with the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS America, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, and the Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry in the South China Sea on April 18, 2020.

August 13, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 13, 2020

U.S. national security advisor claims China is targeting election infrastructure; Belarus disrupts internet services during violent crackdown on protesters; Senator Harris’ nomination could signal be…

Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event.

August 12, 2020

United States
Weaker Dollar Means More Dollar Reserves

Large increases in dollar reserves tend to come during periods of dollar weakness, not periods of dollar strength. That is for a simple reason: many export-heavy countries still intervene heavily in …

Weaker Dollar Means More Dollar Reserves

August 6, 2020

China
Cyber Week in Review: August 6, 2020

U.S. agencies release report on Chinese malware tool used for over a decade; TikTok saga continues with likely sale to Microsoft after intervention from President Trump; EU opens antitrust probe into…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.

August 5, 2020

Race and Ethnicity
“Viral Justice”: Interconnected Pandemics as Portal to Racial Justice

In this piece (which is part of a special Just Security “Racing National Security” symposium), Catherine Powell argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a window into the pandemics of policing,…

Black Lives Matter Rally

August 4, 2020

Ghana
Ghana Looks to Long Relationship With African Americans for Investment

The year 2019 marked four hundred years since the first enslaved people from West Africa arrived in the United States. The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, declared the anniversary the Year of Return.

The president of Ghana, a bald African man in a dark suit with glasses, gestures as he speaks at a podium. He is flanked by national flags.

August 4, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations

Over the decade since I began blogging at The Water’s Edge I have periodically recommended books to read and films to watch. I have also occasionally asked colleagues to recommend books and movies. G…

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June 24, 2020

China
China’s Approach to Global Governances Risks a Global Governance Divide

For more than two millennia, Chinese leaders saw their country as one of the dominant actors in the world. This Sino-centrist worldview has in many ways shaped China’s outlook on global governance—th…

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks while hosting a lunch with his counterparts of the permanent five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council in New York on September 26, 2019.

July 31, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: The Taft-Katsura Memorandum

The question of how the United States should respond to the rise of China has dominated the foreign policy debate in recent years. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the days of cooperative e…

Taft Katsura