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November 17, 2021

China
Takeaway From the Biden-Xi Meeting: Jaw Jawing as Success

Little of substance was expected of the Monday night meeting, but Biden said the two sides had to establish “guardrails” to prevent a clash, while Xi said he was glad to see his “old friend.”

Biden meets with Xi over the screen in the conference room

November 9, 2021

United States
TWE History-Related Blogs and Videos

A list of all blog posts and videos reflecting on historical events from The Water's Edge. 

The U.S. Capitol Building is flanked by two rows of U.S. flags.

November 3, 2021

Japan
PM Kishida’s Election

October 31 offered the Japanese people the opportunity to weigh in on their new prime minister, Fumio Kishida, and his party, the Liberal Democrats. 

Japan's Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader Fumio Kishida poses with key party members as he puts rosettes on a board with names of successful general election candidates, at the party headquarters, in Tokyo, Japan, October 31, 2021.

November 23, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: External Leverage to Stop Conflict in Short Supply

When U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken traveled to Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal last week, he made a point of emphasizing U.S. concern about Ethiopia’s conflict. Blinken stressed that “it is imperative that the fighting stops” and that the United States fully supports former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the High Representative for the Horn of Africa for the African Union (AU), in his diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire that leads to political negotiations. Monday’s statement from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promising to personally “mobilize to the front to lead the defense forces” suggests those efforts are far from succeeding.

A protester holds a sign reading "#NoMore TPLF STOP U.S. Meddling" amid a group of protesters holding Ethiopian flags.

November 22, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 13–19

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 13 to November 19, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

November 19, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 19, 2021

FBI website used to send hoax email; Biden restricts Huawei and ZTE sales; CAC tightens restrictions on Hong Kong IPOs; Israel and the U.S. unveil cybersecurity task force; Meta sued by Ohio Attorney…

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

November 19, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: #WhereIsPengShuai

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 covers November 13 to November 19.

China’s Peng Shuai serves during a match at the Australian Open on January 15, 2019.

November 19, 2021

Climate Change
A New Transatlantic Agreement Could Hold the Key to Green Steel and Aluminum

An imperfect U.S.-EU deal could set the stage for decarbonizing global steel and aluminum production—but only if negotiators can avoid certain pitfalls. 

A laborer works inside a steel factory in Dalian, China on October 11, 2013

November 17, 2021

Economics
What to Watch to Understand the Fed’s Next Move—Beyond “Transitory” and “Permanent”

The labor force participation rate and long-term inflation expectations are the variables the Federal Reserve seems to be assessing as it makes monetary policy.

An eagle tops the U.S. Federal Reserve building's facade in Washington, July 31, 2013.

November 17, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 6–12

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 6 to November 12, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.