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July 30, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Remembers: The Fulbright Program

Seventy-five years ago, what would become the world’s foremost international educational exchange program got off to a bumpy start. 

Senator J. William Fulbright sits behind his desk holding papers and looking at the camera.

July 29, 2021

China
China’s Port Expansion in Africa

The Cases of the Beira Fishing Port and LAPSSET Port Project

July 27, 2021

South Africa
South Africa’s Biovac Strikes Deal to Make COVID-19 Vaccine

A partnership between Pfizer and the Biovac Institute in Cape Town, South Africa will allow Biovac to manufacture the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Production will start early in 2022, with the goal of producing 100 million doses annually.

A South African flag is seen in front of a flag of Biovac, a South African public-private company. The top of barbed wiring can be seen at the bottom of the picture.

July 19, 2021

Climate Change
The EU's 'Fit for 55' Just Raised the Bar on Climate Policy

When it comes to climate change diplomacy, the European Union is the world’s heavy hitter. But will the world follow its lead?

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presents the EU's new climate policy proposals standing from a podium in front of a screen that says “European Green Deal,” as EU Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni sits next to her, in Brussels, Belgium on July 14, 2021.

July 13, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Global #MeToo Movement Has Potential to Revolutionize Gender Roles, New Book Reveals

Rachel Vogelstein and Meighan Stone's new book Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights is out today. 

Book cover reading Awakening by Rachel Vogelstein and Meighan Stone

July 6, 2021

China
What Xi Jinping’s Major Speech Means For Taiwan

Xi Jinping's speech marking the one hundredth anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party demonstrated China is unlikely to drastically change its approach to Taiwan anytime soon.  

Xi Jinping delivers a speech at a ceremony marking the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, China, on July 1, 2021.

July 6, 2021

China
Who Built That? Labor and the Belt and Road Initiative

Highlighting the Belt and Road Initiative’s problematic labor practices, and pressing China to tighten regulations further, is an important step toward improving the human outcomes associated with BR…

Construction workers law concrete blocks for drainage near the new standard gauge railway line near Voi town, Kenya on March 16, 2016.

July 1, 2021

Asia
Winning the Public Diplomacy Battle in the South China Sea

Captain Robert Francis is an officer in the U.S. Navy, specializing in surface ships, and a former military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Lieutenant Commander Roswell Lary is a Fore…

From right, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Akizuki-class destroyer JS Teruzuki, and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Mustin sail in formation in the Philippine Sea, on July 19, 2020.

June 30, 2021

Asia
Taiwan Confronts A Serious Vaccine Shortage

Roman Shemakov is currently a Henry Luce Scholar in Taiwan and coauthor of The Digital Transformation of Property in Greater China: Finance, 5G, AI, and Blockchain. In a matter of a month, the st…

People wait to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan on June 25, 2021.

June 30, 2021

China
China’s Communist Party Turns 100: A Major Force in Global Governance, But Cracks Exist in the Xi Era

China’s Communist Party (CCP) celebrates its one hundredth anniversary in July, although the specific date of its founding remains a bit unclear. It has long outlived most of the world’s other commun…

A man walks past a light installation marking the one hundredth founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China at a hi-tech industrial park, in Beijing, China on June 23, 2021.