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July 22, 2021

Ethiopia
Risks Grow as Tigray Conflict Enters New Phase

When Ethiopian federal forces declared a unilateral ceasefire at the end of June and Tigrayan fighters retook control of the regional capital, Mekelle, it did not signal the end of the crisis, but rather a pivot to a new phase.

Two soldiers stand on a bridge with assault rifles. Their reflections can be seen in water in front of them.

June 30, 2021

Asia
Taiwan Confronts A Serious Vaccine Shortage

Roman Shemakov is currently a Henry Luce Scholar in Taiwan and coauthor of The Digital Transformation of Property in Greater China: Finance, 5G, AI, and Blockchain. In a matter of a month, the st…

People wait to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan on June 25, 2021.

June 30, 2021

Nigeria
Apprehension of Biafra Leader Poses Challenges for Nigeria's Government

Nigerian Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami announced yesterday that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was apprehended abroad on June 27 and has been returned to Nigeria for trial. Kanu poses a challenge to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and, indeed, to the unity of Nigeria. Separatist sentiment in the South East—the heart of the former Biafra—has been growing, and Kanu appears to have some degree of popular support.

A picture of Nnamdi Kanu smiling.

June 18, 2021

Defense and Security
Anticipating Instability: The Untapped Potential of Women, Peace, and Security

This post was authored by Valerie M. Hudson, a University Distinguished Professor in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and Brenda Oppermann, an associate profe…

A soldier walks toward several Afghan women and children

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.

May 24, 2021

Israel
Palestinian Politics After the Gaza Conflict

Can politics replace violence and terror? 

May 24, 2021

China
Evil Eye Gazes Beyond China’s Borders: Troubling Trends in Chinese Cyber Campaigns

Incidents like the Evil Eye campaign show an empowered China increasingly willing to use cyber attacks and information operations in pursuit of its political goals.

The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone.

May 11, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
How to Create a Breakthrough in the Fight Against Modern Slavery? Invest in the Economic Agency of Women and Girls

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Iraqi women prepare food in kitchen run by Mahiya Yousef, who created her business in order to help unemployed women in Mosul.

May 5, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Iranian Compliance and the JCPOA Negotiations

Are the negotiators ignoring Iran's repeated violations and its stonewalling of the IAEA?