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October 26, 2021

Lebanon
What Is Hezbollah?

Military experience gained from fighting in Syria’s civil war and decades of clashes with Israel have made the Iran-backed group stronger than ever, but the biggest threat it faces may be upheaval in…

A crowd of Hezbollah supporters surrounds a giant model of a fist holding a gun.

October 25, 2021

Global Governance
The G20 Was Made for Moments Like This

The planet is on fire, the pandemic smolders on, and the global recovery is faltering. The G20 was created for just such challenges, and the Rome summit offers it a chance to rise to the occasion. 

People stand in front of the G20 media center at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome, Italy, which will host the G20 summit from October 30-31 on October 22, 2021.

October 19, 2021

Elections and Voting
Democracy and Reporting on Elections

Robert Griffin, research director for the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, discusses voter demographics at the municipal, state, and federal level and what this tells us about civic engagement and i…

Play A voters drops off mail in ballots at the Registerer of Voters during the California gubernatorial recall election in San Diego, California

October 13, 2021

Asia
The Quad, AUKUS, and India’s Dilemmas

The partnership India has forged with the United States, Australia, and Japan appears to be gaining momentum, but some challenges remain.

Modi waves while standing in front of a poster of Biden, Suga, and Morrison.

October 11, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
A Guide to Global COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

The swift development of effective vaccines against the new coronavirus was an unprecedented scientific achievement. But production challenges, vaccine nationalism, and new virus strains have all pre…

Physician Alister Martin receives one of the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 16, 2020.Craig F. Walker

October 8, 2021

Trade
The Truth About Tariffs

Tariffs have been applied over the years to protect homegrown industries and target competitors who are seen as using unfair trade practices. They impose costs on both importers and exporters and had been in decline until the recent U.S.-China trade war.

A steelworker tests a sample of steel at an Indiana mill in March 2018.

October 7, 2021

China
What’s Next for U.S. Trade With China?

This week, the Biden administration outlined its approach to trade with China. Here’s what to know.  

October 6, 2021

Indo-Pacific
Academic Webinar: Balancing the Indo-Pacific

Dhruva Jaishankar, executive director of Observer Research Foundation America and nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute, led a conversation on balancing the Indo-Pacific. FASKIANOS: Thank you, …

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October 6, 2021

Southeast Asia
Is COVID-19 Shaking Up Politics in Southeast Asia?

Many Southeast Asian leaders’ pandemic responses have sparked public outrage and damaged their legitimacy. This could prompt the biggest political changes across the region since the 1990s.

Protesters lay on the ground in front of a line of police and raise their hands in a three-finger salute.

October 5, 2021

Democracy
Young Professionals Briefing: The Future of Democracy Around the World

Panelists discuss democratic backsliding, the rights of marginalized populations living under authoritarian regimes, and the prospects for and obstacles against democratic movements around the world…

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