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October 10, 2013

United States
Dominic Bocci: Gay Rights and the Internet in Asia, One More Part of the Pivot

This is a guest post by Dominic Bocci, assistant director at the Council on Foreign Relations’ David Rockefeller Studies Program. Most of the attention paid to the U.S. pivot to Asia has focused o…

A desktop picture shows Rungtiwa Tangkanopast and Phanlavee Chongtansattam holding hands, as Rungtiwa works at her office in Bangkok August 16, 2013 (Athit Perawongmetha/Courtesy Reuters).

February 22, 2022

Myanmar
Review: "The Wa of Myanmar and China's Quest for Global Dominance," by Bertil Lintner

A review of the latest book by journalist and Asia expert Bertil Lintner.

Soldiers, wearing green fatigues and United Wa State Army insignia, march in Myanmar.

February 9, 2021

LGBTQ+
Are Latin American Nations Turning Their Backs on LGBTQ+ Rights?

Despite much progress over the past decade, the tide may be shifting. But U.S. partnership can help revitalize the expansion of LGBTQ+ protections in the Western Hemisphere.

An individual dances in a run-down bare concrete room while another person sits among a pile of suitcases under a rainbow pride flag.

May 25, 2023

United States
How to Secure Critical Minerals for Clean Energy Without Alienating China

There are multiple ways to bolster the security of U.S. critical mineral supply chains, such as the mining, processing, and application of minerals, among others. Pushing China to be a disruptor is n…

QUAD leaders

January 29, 2021

Human Rights
The Changing Landscape of Global LGBTQ+ Rights

Although LGBTQ+ people in every region of the world face marginalization and repression, their human rights have steadily advanced. The Biden administration has an opportunity to further promote LGBT…

People wave colorful flags as they participate in the annual LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California, on June 9, 2019.

May 15, 2023

Turkey
Turkey’s 2023 Elections: The Day After

On May 14, Turks will be going to the polls in one of the more consequential elections of this year. Turkey is a critical country, and the competing alliances and leaders promise distinct solutions a…

April 9, 2018

Trade
Are Trade Wars Bad for U.S. Energy Dominance?

Years ago, Wanda Jablonski, the famous energy journalist and newsletter publisher, gave me an important piece of professional advice. Be careful how many conflicts you take on at one time.  Wanda’…

U.S. President Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 6, 2018.

May 27, 2021

Nigeria
Islamic State in West Africa Now Dominates in Northeast Nigeria

The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) has announced that it has replaced Abubakar Shekau with Abu Musab al-Barnawi. Abu Musab "takes over all territories that were under Shekau. The immediate replacement of Shekau was a major revenge against the former Boko Haram leader that exhibited ‘highhandedness and ruthlessness’ against humanity in the Northeast." The announcement also included that ISWA had arrested thirty top commanders that were loyal to Shekau.

An image of an Islamic State flag.

June 1, 2023

Middle East and North Africa
Turkey’s Growing Foreign Policy Ambitions

Turkey’s geography and membership in NATO have long given the country an influential voice in foreign policy, but the assertive policies of President Erdogan have complicated its role.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking in front of massive Turkish flags and portraits of himself and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

June 3, 2020

China
China Standards 2035 and the Plan for World Domination—Don’t Believe China’s Hype

Although U.S. officials have grown increasingly concerned about China's participation in technical standards bodies and its forthcoming plan, China Standards 2035, it is important to distinguish post…

Chinese President Xi Jinping.