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December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

December 4, 2020

Americas
Biden Can’t Pick Up in Latin America Where Obama Left Off

Four years of malign U.S. neglect and continental upheaval will require a rethink of U.S. policy.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020.

December 3, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab Spring at Ten Years: What’s the Legacy of the Uprisings?

Ten years on, the lives of people in Arab Spring countries have improved in certain aspects but worsened in others. CFR.org visualizes the changes in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen…

A young man holding the Egyptian flag sits on someone's shoulders and shouts during a protest at Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

December 2, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria: Atrocity in the Northeast

In response to the November 28 killing of civilians working in rice fields in Jere local government area, close to the Borno State capital of Maiduguri, Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum appears to be looking for local entities to restore security

Men gather near dead bodies of people who were killed by militant attack, during a mass burial at Zabarmari, in the Jere local government area of Borno State. The bodies are covered in white cloth and placed on wooden structures used to carry the bodies.

December 2, 2020

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2021

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand twenty witnessed many significant anniversaries: the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War …

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

December 2, 2020

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Trump and Section 230: What to Know

President Trump has threatened to veto a major defense funding bill because of a law that protects social media companies such as Twitter from liability for what their users post. Why is it controversial?

President Donald Trump's Twitter profile is shown against a backdrop of the Twitter logo.

December 1, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate

On the night of November 20, Nigerian army units attacked demonstrators calling for the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), an elite police unit known for its brutality. CNN has conducted an investigation of the Lekki episode.

A picture of the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria, the site of a killing of peaceful protesters by the Nigerian military. The #EndsSARS hashtag is seen written in chalk on the ground in the foreground of the picture.

December 1, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Violence Against Women Deserves More Than a 16 Day International Campaign

Every year, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign brings attention to the systemic violence experienced by women and girls all over the world - but these commitments must go …

Syrian children playing on the road. Istanbul, Turkey. Image by Rostyslav Savchyn, 2019.

December 1, 2020

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.

Remaining members of the TPP gather at the signing agreement ceremony in Santiago, Chile, in March 2018.

November 30, 2020

Venezuela
Screening and Discussion of "A La Calle"

Panelists discuss the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela as the country continues to face high rates of poverty, unemployment, and even starvation. A La Calle (“To the Street”) is a firsthand account o…

Play Person wearing a Venezuela at a protest with fire burning in the background