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July 6, 2021

China
What Xi Jinping’s Major Speech Means For Taiwan

Xi Jinping's speech marking the one hundredth anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party demonstrated China is unlikely to drastically change its approach to Taiwan anytime soon.  

Xi Jinping delivers a speech at a ceremony marking the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, China, on July 1, 2021.

July 6, 2021

China
Who Built That? Labor and the Belt and Road Initiative

Highlighting the Belt and Road Initiative’s problematic labor practices, and pressing China to tighten regulations further, is an important step toward improving the human outcomes associated with BR…

Construction workers law concrete blocks for drainage near the new standard gauge railway line near Voi town, Kenya on March 16, 2016.

June 23, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

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

Resolute desk

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 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 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.

May 18, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyberspace, Digital Technologies, and Reform of Global Health Governance

A new report provides a window into high-level policy thinking about cyberspace, digital technologies, and the future of global health.

A Swiss soldier shows on a mobile device the contact tracking application created by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne.

May 18, 2021

Global Governance
When Assessing Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering, Don’t Assume the Future Will Look Like the Past

Attempting to shut down discussion of the potential weaponization of geoengineering is unwise. We can only see a short way into the future.

Three trees tightly packed together with ominous dark rain clouds are lit by the setting sun near the village of Chernogorovo, Bulgaria on July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

May 12, 2021

Nigeria
Germany to Return Some African Art to Nigeria

The German minister of culture has announced plans to return hundreds of art objects to Nigeria. Their provenance is the Benin Royal Palace—located in Benin City, which is situated in southern Nigeria—looted and destroyed by the British in 1897. Apparently, the objects will be deposited at the Edo Museum of West African Art, under construction in Benin City.

A close-up photo of a Benin Bronze resembling a leopard on display in the Bode-Museum in Berlin, Germany.