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January 25, 2024

Totalism and State-Society Relations in China

The distinction between totalitarianism and totalism offers valuable insights for China studies and the making of U.S. China policy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

January 16, 2024

How One Port’s Struggle Reveals the Problems—and Promise—of Chinese Infrastructure Financing

Chinese port financing has plenty of drawbacks. But developing countries have few alternatives. 

A lone man stands at the end of an old and broken pier watching the boats in the background in the bay of São Tomé city, São Tomé and Príncipe, September 16, 2021.

January 2, 2024

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Destructive Drive in African Politics

The descent into normlessness in various African countries calls for a new scholarly and policy approach.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department officers discover railway infrastructure in a scrapyard during a raid on a highjacked property in Johannesburg on September 6, 2023.

February 23, 2024

Beijing’s Ideological Pivot Back To the Past

As China turns the page from its reform era, the Chinese Communist Party's official discourse increasingly references the country's imperial past. 

A large propaganda poster can be seen from a street in Shanghai, China.

September 27, 2023

Remember These Rising Political Stars?

The ebb and flow of these former Chinese rising political stars’ careers provides insights into the intricacies of Chinese elite politics (and the fate of Qin Gang).

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on June 18, 2023, during one of Qin’s last engagements as Foreign Minister.

February 23, 2024

Technology and Innovation
Cyber Week in Review: February 23, 2024

Digital Services Act enters into effect; leaked data shows Chinese hacking; Google to launch pre-bunking campaign; U.S., EU, and UK take down ransomware gang; Russian disinformation campaign targets …

Iren Salama holds her baby Pendo as it is given an injection as part of a malaria vaccine trial at a clinic in the Kenya coastal town of Kilifi on November 23, 2010

September 25, 2023

Sudan’s Civil Society Laying the Groundwork for Sustained Peace  

Supporting Sudanese agency in the ongoing conflict will boost confidence-building measures for a sustained peace.

A volunteer distributes food to people in Omdurman, Sudan on September 3, 2023.

November 15, 2023

Meeting Low Expectations: Analyzing President Biden’s Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Biden’s meeting with Chinese President Xi was an opportunity to stabilize U.S.-China relations and yielded some important deliverables, but the bilateral relationship will continue to be de…

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, California.

October 20, 2023

Responding to China and Russia’s Influence on the Militarization of Global Politics

Large democracies must combat Russia and China's support for the re-militarization of politics around the world.

Russian president poses shaking hands with Chinese president in front of Russian and Chinese flags.

February 27, 2024

Taiwan’s 2024 Election Outcomes: Balancing Domestic Challenges and International Relations

This blog post originated from a recent discussion by Professor Syaru Shirley Lin in the Winston Lord Roundtable Series on Asia, the Rule of Law, and U.S. Foreign Policy, where she debriefed the rece…

Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te, of Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) gestures as he attends a rally following the victory in the presidential elections, in Taipei, Taiwan January 13, 2024.