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December 2, 2020

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Trump and Section 230: What to Know

President Trump has threatened to veto a major defense funding bill because of a law that protects social media companies such as Twitter from liability for what their users post. Why is it controversial?

President Donald Trump's Twitter profile is shown against a backdrop of the Twitter logo.

November 19, 2020

Coronavirus
Home for Thanksgiving: How Holidays May Present a Public Health Threat

COVID-19 cases are surging across the United States, forcing Americans to weigh the risks of gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday. How have other countries handled holidays amid the pandemic?

November 17, 2020

Peru
Peru’s Democratic Crisis

President Martin Vizcarra’s ouster has caused turmoil and a leadership vacuum, amid economic turbulence and severe pandemic strains. Why has Peru endured so much political upheaval?

October 23, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
COVID-19: Why Vaccine Coverage Is Important

Vaccines are a major public health success story, but the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the many challenges involved in getting a vaccine to everyone who needs it.

October 19, 2020

Election 2020
How Will U.S. Elections Be Judged by Other Democracies?

The 2020 U.S. election is threatened by pandemic-related disruptions as well as long-standing weaknesses that could undermine its legitimacy. How will international election observers judge the proce…

October 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq Poised to Expand Influence

Any sharp drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq grants Iran a golden opportunity to expand its influence there and threatens to inflame sectarian tensions.

September 25, 2020

United Kingdom
What’s Going On With Brexit?

The United Kingdom and European Union are engaged in another bout of Brexit brinkmanship, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushing a bill that would undo their previous agreement. Here’s what to kno…

September 16, 2020

Climate Change
Why U.S. Wildfires Will Only Get Worse

Fires in California and Oregon have been more devastating than ever before, but climate change means the worst is yet to come. Here’s how officials can prepare.

August 26, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Tear Gas and the Politics of Protest Policing

Tear gas is banned in international warfare, and its health risks are well-documented. Still, it remains a crowd-control agent of choice for police worldwide.

August 17, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What’s Behind the New Israel-UAE Peace Deal?

The United Arab Emirates has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, paving the way for other Arab nations to do the same but angering the Palestinians.