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June 16, 2021

Ethiopia
As Policymakers Raise Alarm about Tigray Crisis, More Action is Needed

As the horrific suffering in Ethiopia’s Tigray region continues, the United States and other members of the international community are sounding ever more urgent alarms. 

An Ethiopian refugee stands as she is registered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the Um Rakuba refugee camp which houses Ethiopian refugees fleeing the fighting in the Tigray region, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, Sudan, November 28, 2020.

June 15, 2021

Southeast Asia
Irresistible Inducement? Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia

Cheng-Chwee Kuik is associate professor and head of the Center for Asian Studies at the National University of Malaysia. Southeast Asia occupies a central place on the map of China’s Belt and Roa…

Leaders pose for a family photo at the ASEAN-China Summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 3, 2019.

June 15, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Can Democracy Help Solve The Problem of Gaza?

What would happen if Palestinian politics were revived?

June 14, 2021

Taiwan
The Time Is Now for a Trade Deal With Taiwan

A comprehensive U.S.-Taiwan trade agreement would benefit U.S. companies, bolster Taiwan's economic security, and underscore Washington's interest in cross-Strait stability.

A commercial street in Taiwan's capital, Taipei

June 11, 2021

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
TWE Remembers: The Pentagon Papers

Sunday is the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers. My colleague Margaret Gach, a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relati…

A stack of boxes containing volumes of the Pentagon Papers sit in front of a portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson.

June 10, 2021

China
A Review of “The Perfect Police State” by Geoffrey Cain

Eric Schluessel is assistant professor of modern Chinese history at George Washington University. The Xinjiang region of northwest China (or East Turkestan) is the homeland of the Uyghurs, a group…

A Chinese police officer takes his position by the road near what is officially called a vocational education centre in Yining in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China on September 4, 2018.

June 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
Of Questionable Connectivity: China’s BRI and Thai Civil Society

Benjamin Zawacki is a senior program specialist with the Asia Foundation’s office in Thailand, focused on regional security and cooperation, and the author of Thailand: Shifting Ground between the US…

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (C) and Wang Xiaotao (C-L), a representative of the Chinese government, take part during the groundbreaking ceremony of the cooperation between Thailand and China on the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail development in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand on December 21, 2017.

June 7, 2021

China
China's Internet Trolls Go Global

Chinese trolls are beginning to pose serious threats to economic security, political stability, and personal safety worldwide.

China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen through digitally decorated glass during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, November 23, 2020.

June 3, 2021

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Africa at the Center of Twenty-First-Century Demographic Shift

Nowhere is the African demographic boom more obvious than in Nigeria, where the current population of 219 million, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) World Factbook most recent estimate, is projected to increase to around 400 million by 2050, at which point it will likely displace the United States as the third largest country in the world by population. By the end of the century, some credibly project that Nigeria’s population will be greater than China's, where the birth-rate fall has been especially dramatic, leaving it second to only India in populational globally.

A man and his two children sit and speak to a woman wearing a bright orange vest and holding a smartphone who is working as an enumerator for the Kenyan Census.

May 28, 2021

Global Governance
The UN Security Council Tackles Emerging Technologies

The UN Security Council’s first debate on emerging technologies exposed some familiar tensions even as it trod new ground for the UN body with primary responsibility for maintaining international pea…

A view of the United Nations headquarters in the Manhattan Borough of New York City, New York, U.S., September 30, 2020.