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December 3, 2019

China
Protected at Home, China’s Medical Device Industry Looks Abroad

Michael Collins is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Over the past three decades, China has experienced consistent double-digit growth in its medical devic…

A worker is seen in the workshop of a factory manufacturing medical devices in Lianyungang, China July 27, 2018.

November 6, 2019

China
China Doesn’t Want Your Trash

For years, China processed more than half of the world’s plastic recycling. Then, in 2018, it stopped. Things have gotten messy since then.

Podcast Plastic waste along a shoreline.

October 30, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Discussion of PBS FRONTLINE's "The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia"

Speakers discuss the FRONTLINE documentary “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” as well as U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations. This film captures the rise to power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his …

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October 21, 2019

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s Voting Age Amendment: A Double-Edged Sword for Political Leaders

Brian Braun is resident program officer in Malaysia for the International Republican Institute. Follow him at @BR_Braun. Malaysia made history on July 16 when, in the country’s first unanimous par…

Opposition supporters turn on flashlights on their phones after former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was elected as a parliamentary constituency candidate during a rally ahead of the 14th general election in Malaysia on April 15, 2018.

September 3, 2019

United States
Geopolitics in a Liberalizing LNG Market: A Primer

This is a guest post by Brian Myers, a graduate student at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. While the U.S.-China trade war has cast a pall over the previous rosy outlook for g…

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker is tugged towards a thermal power station in Futtsu, east of Tokyo, Japan, ON November 13, 2017.

August 12, 2019

Sanctions
What Are Economic Sanctions?

For many policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges such as terrorism and conflict.

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August 6, 2019

United States
U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

High-profile mass shootings in the United States in recent years have rekindled the gun control debate and raised comparisons of policies around the world.

A gun enthusiast looks at a rifle scope

July 30, 2019

China
Huawei: Not Just Another ZTE

The popular view that Huawei and ZTE are a pair of Trojan Horses sent to infiltrate America overlooks important distinctions between the two companies.

A Huawei logo is seen outside the fence at its headquarters in Shenzhen. Jason Lee/Reuters

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.

June 27, 2019

Space
Big Bangs, Red Herrings, and the Dilemmas of Space Security

Policymakers should be careful not to focus to excess on the possibility of kinetic warfare in space.

The Small Satellite Orbital Deployer, in the grasp of the Kibo laboratory robotic arm, deploys a set of NanoRacks CubeSats.