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September 18, 2019

Hong Kong
Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong: Perspectives From the Frontlines

Since March, millions of Hong Kongers have protested their government’s proposed law to allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. Although Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam rec…

Podcast Protesters raise mobile phones as they gather to show support for protesters inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) campus, November 19, 2019

August 26, 2019

Grand Strategy
The Case for Restraint: Drawing the Curtain on American Empire

The United States should resist imperial temptations and instead pursue a foreign policy of restraint. 

Then President-Elect Donald J. Trump and President Barack Obama arrive for Trump's inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC.

August 7, 2019

Women and Economic Growth
Investing in Girls’ STEM Education in Developing Countries

The education gender gap costs the world between $15 trillion and $30 trillion in human capital. U.S. aid programs need to equip girls and women to participate in the modern digital economy.

Students at a government school work on individual laptops, in Ahmedabad, India, on July 26, 2018.

July 30, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Jay Inslee, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Jay Inslee announced on August 22, 2019, that he was ending his campaign. The two dozen candidates competing for the Democratic presidential nomination are all hoping to get to Washington…

Jay Inslee

July 30, 2019

Elections and Voting
The Presidential Candidates on Climate Change

How would you discourage the proliferation of coal-fired power plants in developing countries?

July 17, 2019

North Korea
Can North Korea Be Deterred?

The United States’ deterrence record is spotty vis-à-vis North Korea, and a judgement of its success or failure hinges on how the behaviors or actions targeted by deterrence are defined. 

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July 16, 2019

North Korea
What to Know About Sanctions on North Korea

Kim Jong-un hopes a summit with President Trump will lead to sanctions relief, while experts disagree over whether increased pressure would push Pyongyang toward denuclearization.

A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea.

July 15, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions on #MeToo in Pakistan: Nighat Dad

In 2017, an unprecedented wave of women’s activism began to sweep the globe. Powered by technology accessible to millions of women for the first time, a new, viral movement ignited the #MeToo campaig…

Nighat Dad

July 10, 2019

Nigeria
More Trouble Between Nigeria’s Shia Minority and the Police

The principal Shiite movement in Nigeria, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), “stormed” the National Assembly in Abuja on July 7. In the resulting melee, two people may have been killed and eight injured. As is so often the case, there are few details, with claims and counter-claims.

A woman walks by police at a barricade in Abuja, Nigeria.

July 9, 2019

United States
A Conversation With Ash Carter

Secretary Carter discusses national security strategies in a rapidly changing world and his legacy as the twenty-fifth Secretary of Defense.   

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