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September 28, 2022

South Korea
Solidarity in Support of Freedom: South Korean President Yoon’s UN Speech

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol delivered his first speech to the UN General Assembly that outlined a daunting list of global challenges requiring a collective response through UN-based cooperat…

Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol addresses the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York City on September 20, 2022.

September 22, 2022

Taiwan
While Pledging to Defend Taiwan from China, Biden Shifted on Taiwan Independence. Here’s Why That Matters.

President Biden's comment on Taiwan independence is a break from his predecessors.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York, U.S., September 21, 2022.

September 16, 2022

United States
Happy 75th Birthday to the United States Air Force

The United States Air Force marks seventy-five years of service.

A silver Air Force E-3 Sentry plane flies over brown desert.

March 1, 2021

Cybersecurity
Christina Ayiotis Should Get a Blue Check Mark. So Should Everyone Else

Widespread identity verification on social media platforms would make it harder for malicious actors to impersonate real people.

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo.

December 11, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should a Retired General Be Secretary of Defense?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden’s nomination of General Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense raises question…

Retired General Lloyd Austin speaks at a podium as President-Elect Joe Biden sits behind him.

July 15, 2020

South Korea
Remembering General Paik Sun-yup

Without Paik’s herculean effort, South Korea as we know it today—a vibrant, capitalist, and liberal democracy—wouldn’t exist.

General Paik Sun-yup, 1950

February 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Making Its Mark on the English Language

In its February update, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) includes numerous new words of Nigerian origin. Many of the words relate to food preparation, urban transportation, the shortening of conventional English words, and the incorporation of words from indigenous languages. For example, ‘mama put’ refers to female food venders, ‘okada’ are passenger-carrying motorcycles, ‘guber’ refers to gubernatorial, and ‘danfo’ is the Yoruba work for urban minibuses.

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks at a podium, effectively a high-table. She is wearing a blouse of varying shades of orange, and is standing in front of a black background speckled with white.

October 24, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Mark Sanford, Republican Presidential Candidate

Update: Mark Sanford announced on November 12, 2019, that he was ending the campaign.  Donald Trump’s approval rating among Republican voters hovers around 90 percent. Numbers that high normally m…

Mark Sanford

October 13, 2020

International Organizations
Nigerian (and American) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Finalist for WTO Director General

The two finalists for the position of director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are Yoo Myung-hee, Republic of Korea, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian and (since 2019) an American citizen.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian woman running for WTO director general, raises her left arm while speaking. She is wearing a traditional headdress.

December 15, 2015

United States
A Conversation With Mark Jones and Kellie Meiman Hock

This post features Mark P. Jones, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s political science fellow and Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin America Studies at Rice University, and Kellie Meim…