December 1, 2022

Southeast Asia
Walking Through the Middle Kingdom: A Journey Out of Eden with Paul Salopek

Join our panelists for a discussion on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek’s decade-long journey on foot around the world—from the Horn of Africa through the Middle East and Southeast Asia…

Play A girl looks on as she sits on the shore of the Shabelle river in the city of Gode, Ethiopia

October 14, 2022

United States
The U.S. Midterm Election's Implications for Asia

Despite an uncertain economic outlook, the approaching U.S. midterm elections appear to be competitive between the Democratic and Republican parties.

Arizona Republican Senate candidate stands at speaker's podium pointing to former President Donald Trump

December 1, 2022

China
Beijing's Global Media Offensive

Joshua Kurlantzick analyzes China's attempts to become a media, information, and influence superpower, seeking for the first time to shape the domestic politics, local media, and information environm…

September 9, 2022

Myanmar
Why Democracy in Southeast Asia Will Worsen in 2023

Despite Southeast Asia's significant democratic erosion in 2022, upcoming elections and other political developments in 2023 could be even more detrimental to democracy in the region.

US Secretary of State shakes hands with Cambodian Prime Minister

March 21, 2022

Russia
Don't Pivot From the Pivot to Asia

Russia's struggles in Ukraine reveal a pivot to Asia is still the right strategy.

President Barack Obama announces the pivot to Asia in a speech to the Australian Parliament on November 17, 2011.

March 14, 2022

Ukraine
Ukraine War Should Slow But Not Stop the U.S. Pivot to Asia

Avoiding more crises in Europe and the Middle East is the only way American diplomatic and military might can be shifted to where it’s needed most: the Indo-Pacific.

Frenemies.

July 7, 2022

Israel
7/7 CFR Virtual Press Briefing: Previewing Biden's Trip to the Middle East

ROBBINS: Thanks so much. Hi. I’m Carla Robbins. I’m a senior fellow here at the Council, and I also run a master’s program at the City University of New York and I am a fallen journalist. Anyway, …

Play President Joe Biden gives remarks following a meeting with the Israeli President

November 18, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
What Is the Kafala System?

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for …

Workers are seen in the Lusail National Stadium, which is under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

January 27, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East’s Conflicts Aren’t Done With the Emirates

Just when the United Arab Emirates thought it was done with focusing on foreign policy, they’re getting pulled back in.

The Burj Khalifa (C) skyscraper is seen as the sun sets over Dubai October 5, 2010.

June 13, 2022

China
China and the Belt and Road Initiative in South Asia

To support its allies and partners in South Asia, the United States should assist South Asian countries in assessing Belt and Road Initiative risks and benefits.