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October 30, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
How Erdogan Muscled Turkey to the Center of the World Stage

In the last decade, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shaped Turkey into a revisionist power that challenges not just its neighbors, but also allies such as France and the United States.

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves while surrounded by members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

September 14, 2020

United Nations General Assembly
Can a Virtual UN General Assembly Deliver on Real World Problems?

Despite limitations, the UN will still sponsor a few notable events and initiatives at this year’s General Assembly, but do not expect any breakthroughs.

President Sauli Niinisto of Finland addresses a room full of attendees during the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 29, 2015.

June 30, 2020

Hong Kong
Democracy in Hong Kong

As China’s power continues to grow, some fear that the considerable autonomy Hong Kong has enjoyed in recent decades could slip away.

Protesters wearing black carry black umbrellas and stand next to a white figure that looks like the Goddess of Democracy statue in Hong Kong.

May 15, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 15, 2020

U.S. government agencies accuse China of targeting COVID-19 research; TSMC to build chip factory in Arizona; Huawei struggles internationally without Google Apps; Cyberattack targets Iranian port; an…

A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters.

January 22, 2020

Taiwan
China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan.

October 23, 2020

Screening and Discussion of Kingdom of Silence

PLEASE NOTE: CFR members are encouraged to watch the Showtime documentary Kingdom of Silence prior to the virtual discussion. The link to view the film will be available until November 2, 2020.  P…

Play Jamal Khashoggi looks on during a press conference

October 5, 2018

Vietnam
Women This Week: Making History in Vietnam

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 was compiled with support from Rebecca Turkington a…

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) and Vietnam's Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh attend the breaking ceremony of the Vietnam Korea Institute of Science and Technology at Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi, Vietnam March 22, 2018.

October 11, 2018

China
Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians, and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing.

March 9, 2018

Southeast Asia
Vietnam and India Cement an Increasingly Vital Relationship in Southeast Asia

In addition to bolstering strategic ties with the United States, Vietnam is also building a strong strategic relationship with other partners, particularly India, that are skeptical of China’s growin…

Modi-Quang-9.3.2016

February 26, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Progress Toward Parity: Global Gains in Women’s Political Participation

In the United States and abroad, women are vying for political office in higher numbers than ever before. But despite a global rise in women’s political activism, women remain underrepresented in par…

Podcast An election official helps a Kenyan woman cast her vote at a polling station in Nyeri district, Kenya, November 21, 2005.