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February 19, 2020

United Nations
Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations: Protecting Our Children’s Future

Henrietta Fore discusses the work of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as well as her priorities and goals for the agency.

Podcast Fatima, 12, attends Arabic classes at Imran Binu Hussein Primary School in the Hodan district, Mogadishu.

January 22, 2020

Taiwan
China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan.

November 25, 2019

China
China’s Repression of Uighurs in Xinjiang

More than a million Muslims have been arbitrarily detained in China’s Xinjiang Province. The reeducation camps are just one part of the government’s crackdown on Uighurs.  

An ethnic Uyghur shopkeeper works next to a Chinese flag at his shop on June 29, 2017 in the old town of Kashgar, in the far western Xinjiang province, China.

October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

September 27, 2019

China
The Chinese Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party faces a host of pressing domestic and international policy challenges as it transitions to a new generation of leaders.

Xi Jinping stands before delegates at the closing session of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

September 11, 2019

China
Nationalism and the Chinese State

Jessica Chen Weiss discusses the nature of activism in China and how the Chinese government is responding to these new challenges.

Podcast Anti-extradition bill protesters march to demand democracy and political reforms, in Hong Kong on August 18, 2019.

September 10, 2019

United States
Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness

U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA’s role has diminished, and the number of global space competitors is growing.

Space Launch

July 9, 2019

China
Is China Undermining Human Rights at the United Nations?

Under President Xi Jinping, China is pressing the United Nations’ human rights body to favor national sovereignty and development over calling out domestic rights abuses.

June 7, 2019

Radicalization and Extremism
Hate Speech on Social Media: Global Comparisons

Violence attributed to online hate speech has increased worldwide. Societies confronting the trend must deal with questions of free speech and censorship on widely used tech platforms.

A memorial outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

April 11, 2019

China
Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: China's Uighurs

Panelists discuss China’s treatment of Uighurs in the Xinjiang region, reports of detention and torture, and the response of other countries, including the United States. The Arthur C. Helton Memo…

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