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March 16, 2023

Raising the Political Priority of Cybersecurity in Latin America

Latin American has some bright spots when it comes to cybersecurity, but progress has been inconsistent. Governments and regional bodies need to do more to coordinate and increase visibility around c…

Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro heads a session at the OAS 52nd General Assembly.

February 6, 2023

Beijing’s Influence Tactics With the Chinese Diaspora: An Excerpt

The Chinese government's influence efforts have often targeted educational institutions overseas.

A woman stands beside students holding up their calligraphy painted on red paper.

February 28, 2023

Modi’s “New India” and the Politics of Architecture

The Modi government aims to assert a modern Indian identity through the Central Vista redevelopment project. Critics contend it is a thin veneer for promoting Hindu nationalism.

Men ride their bicycles along Kartavya Path in front of the smog-shrouded India Gate in New Delhi.

February 10, 2023

Beijing Targets Chinese-Language Media: In Asia and Elsewhere

Beijing has directed its efforts to influence Chinese language media across the globe, limiting the ability of Chinese language speakers to access impartial media coverage of the Chinese government.

A stack of newspapers are placed above pavement.

January 30, 2023

China’s COVID-19 Comeback Rides On the Strength of Chinese Households

In 2023, China’s economic recovery will depend on the ability of the government to stimulate domestic consumption and on the resilience of Chinese households.   

A person walks past shops, after the government eased curbs on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) control, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China December 10, 2022. REUTERS/Martin Pollard

January 30, 2023

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Whither Political Freedoms in Africa?

When it comes to civil liberties in Africa, Western governments and institutions must put their monies where their mouths are.

A vigil is shown with dozens of lit candles for prominent journalist Martinez Zogo. A poster of his face is shown which reads "Ta famille d'Amplitude FM te dit."

February 13, 2023

Middle East and North Africa
Massive Earthquake Could Reshape Turkish and Syrian Politics

Turkish President Erdogan and Syrian President Assad could see opportunities to extend their rules in the disaster that has killed tens of thousands and pushed relief systems to their limits.

October 6, 2022

The Chinese Communist Party

Under the command of Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party faces a host of domestic and international challenges as it aims to bolster China’s great-power status.

Xi Jinping stands before delegates at the closing session of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

February 17, 2023

South Sudan
Women This Week: African Women Leaders Tackle Women’s Rights and Political Participation

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers February 11 to February 17.

Women wave South Sudan's flags during a rally in the town of Abyei ahead of the referendum October 26, 2013. Residents of the remote and disputed Abyei border region say they will press on with their own referendum on whether to join Sudan or South Sudan, despite warnings it could trigger violence in the already volatile area.

October 18, 2022

Washington Raises Stakes in War on Chinese Technology

New U.S. sanctions are in some ways more restrictive than Cold-War era controls.

Semiconductor device at Semicon China.