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April 21, 2022

Russia
Vietnam Caught Between the U.S. and Russia on Ukraine

Most Southeast Asian states are heavily conflicted about condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, or going farther and joining international sanctions and other similar measures against the Kremli…

Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Vietnam's President Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a meeting in Moscow, Russia November 30, 2021.

April 18, 2022

Nigeria
State Pardon for Former Governors Puts Nigeria’s Anticorruption Drive in Jeopardy

The unexpected pardon last week of two leading politicians convicted earlier on charges of corruption has brought renewed focus on Nigeria’s flailing anticorruption drive. Following a meeting of the country’s Council of State, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame, governors respectively of the central and northeastern states of Plateau and Taraba from 1997 to 2007 were pardoned along with 157 other convicts.

Military personnel walks in front of a sign that reads "corruption kills."

April 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

March 21, 2022

Russia
Don't Pivot From the Pivot to Asia

Russia's struggles in Ukraine reveal a pivot to Asia is still the right strategy.

President Barack Obama announces the pivot to Asia in a speech to the Australian Parliament on November 17, 2011.

March 14, 2022

Nigeria
Mummy G.O.: Nigeria’s Much-Derided Pentecostal Preacher Enunciates a Powerful Social Critique

Within the space of a few months, fifty-five-year-old evangelist Olufunmilayo Adebayo, popularly known as Mummy G.O., has gone from the relative obscurity of downscale Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, to the most discussed subject in contemporary Nigerian Pentecostalism. The target of a blizzard of savage internet memes and unrelenting mockery, the founder and leader of the self-styled Rapture Proclaimer Evangelical Church of God (RAPEC) has been getting all the attention in a context where the leading—and mostly male—clerical figures dominate the news as a matter of course.

Worshippers attending mass wear face masks and sit in individual chairs six feet away from each other.

March 11, 2022

U.S. Department of Defense
Why DoD’s New Approach to Data and Artificial Intelligence Should Enhance National Defense

The DoD’s updated efforts on artificial intelligence (AI) are requiring some disruptive organizational changes, but this is a sign of real commitment to AI and data leadership.

DOCUMENT DATE: March 03, 2022 The Pentagon is seen from the air in Washington, U.S., March 3, 2022, more than a week after Russia invaded Ukraine.

February 26, 2022

United States
TWE Remembers: The Bricker Amendment

In 1954, the Senate nearly passed a constitutional amendment to curtail the president’s authority to make international agreements. President Dwight D. Eisenhower avoided a major foreign policy loss …

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles stand together with other guests at the White House.

February 23, 2022

China
Putin’s Aggression Against Ukraine Deals a Blow to China’s Hopes for Taiwan

China’s support for Russia risks working against its desire to bring Taiwan under its control.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, June 5, 2019.

February 22, 2022

Southeast Asia
ASEAN’s Year of Misery

ASEAN is set for a frustrating year.

Screens show Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen and Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar's armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, attending a video call at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on January 26, 2022.

January 18, 2022

China
The United States and Japan Should Prepare for Chinese Aggression Against Taiwan

Questions of how the United States should address the issue of China and Taiwan have moved to the center of the U.S. foreign policy debate.

DOCUMENT DATE: November 11, 2021 Admiral John Aquilino, Commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command, meets with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Kishida's official residence.