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April 8, 2024

Vietnamese Politics Tries to Pretend its Placid—But It’s Not

The Vietnamese government tries to project an air of stability and competency, but recent corruption scandals and a looming succession crisis have tarnished the leadership’s image.

Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong stands in front of American and Viertnamese flags while looking at the camera wearing a black suit and maroon tie.

March 8, 2024

Elections and Voting
The Outlook for Women’s Political Leadership in 2024

As a record number of countries hold elections in 2024, panelists reflect on the substantive policy achievements of women political leaders, needed measures to achieve increased women’s leadership, a…

Play European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (L) and US Vice President Kamala Harris (R) smile at each other.

March 28, 2024

United States
Summer Migration Uptick Likely to Inflame U.S. Politics, Plus Brazil’s Risky Bet on Soy

Migration will rise this summer, inflaming U.S. politics; Brazil’s risky bet on soy.

Migrants line up against the border wall in El Paso to surrender to immigration officials on March 25, 2024.

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 9, 2024

Political History and Theory
New Book Examines the Colorful and Tumultuous Political Career of Henry Wallace 

In a new book filled with political drama and intrigue, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Senior Fellow Benn Steil offers the richest and deepest biographical study to date of Henry A. Wallace—a “fa…

April 11, 2024

South Korea
South Korea’s Opposition Parties’ Win: What It Means

The center-left Democratic Party added to its legislative majority after the recent parliamentary election, which would deal a blow to President Yoon Suk Yeol’s domestic reform agenda and possibly hi…

Lee Jae-myung, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, raises hands with supporters during a campaign rally for the upcoming 22nd parliamentary election in Seoul, South Korea.

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.

November 14, 2023

Foreign Affairs November/December Issue Launch: Who Killed the Chinese Economy?

Foreign Affairs Executive Editor Justin Vogt and authors Zongyuan Zoe Liu, Michael Pettis, and Adam S. Posen launch the November/December 2023 issue of Foreign Affairs and discuss the Chinese economy…

Play A bank employee counts Chinese Yuan.

January 17, 2024

Political Hurdles on Ukraine’s Way to EU Membership

After the 2013–14 Revolution of Dignity, which overthrew a deeply corrupt, Russian-backed regime, Ukraine declared its ambition to integrate into the Euro-Atlantic community of free-market democracie…