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June 16, 2020

United States
George Floyd’s Murder Revives Anti-Colonialism in Western Europe

The murder of George Floyd by a policeman and the ensuing protests against racism and police brutality in the United States have ignited similar protests in Europe. Large crowds are acknowledging the links among slavery, European colonialism, and racism.

Protestors dressed mostly in black with masks and face coverings display the DRC flag on the pedestal of a massive statue of King Leopold II on a horse. The sky is white and there is green foliage from a tree in the back left of the photo.

June 8, 2020

Southeast Asia
Rodrigo Duterte Goes Even Farther in Using COVID-19 to Crack Down

In recent months, Southeast Asian leaders—and leaders from many other parts of the world—have utilized the COVID-19 pandemic to expand executive powers, crack down on civil society and undermine oppo…

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines on September 8, 2018.

May 21, 2020

Cybersecurity
Using COVID-19 to Double Down on Cyber Norms

The United States should use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to push for clearer guardrails to bound acceptable and unacceptable behavior in cyberspace.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (L) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs speak to reporters.

July 9, 2020

Afghanistan
The False Promise of Peace in Afghanistan

There is a significant risk of the peace process in Afghanistan collapsing or stalling indefinitely. In a new report from the Center for Preventive Action, Seth G. Jones details steps the United Stat…

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan's Taliban and the United States in Doha, Qatar on February 29, 2020.

July 8, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine a Light on Local Police Brutality

There has been reporting on police brutality in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions, especially in Kenya and South Africa, where Western media is based. The popular African perception is that police brutality is the norm.

I young black man with a light blue medical mask on which is written in red "I can't breathe," looks in the direction of the camera, with his right hand holding a black sign that says "Stop Killer Cops" and his left hand raised in a fist. He is flanked by other protestors in masks and with signs.

July 8, 2020

China
Slouching Toward Phase One

On current trends, goods exports to China will struggle to reach their 2017 level—there won't be any big gains from the Phase One deal.

US Goods Exports to China Cumulative Comp and projections for 2020

May 27, 2020

United States
Did the Dollar's Position as the Leading Reserve Currency Help Hold Treasury Yields Down This Spring?

Foreign Treasury sales, including large sales from reserve managers, made the Fed's job harder, not easier, in March.

Did the Dollar's Position as the Leading Reserve Currency Help Hold Treasury Yields Down This Spring?

July 3, 2020

Politics and Government
Five Movie Biographies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about people who changed the course of world history.

Five Movie Biographies Worth Watching

June 30, 2020

China
As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development

Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, where he studies African political economy with an emph…

President Xi Jinping of China claps and smiles in a dark gray suit with a maroon tie and white shirt. Behind him are national flags on vertical flag polls. The Chinese flag is front and center. It is flanked by the flags of South Africa and Botswana to the left, and of Algeria, Benin, and Burkina Faso to the right.

June 29, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: The Pacificus-Helvidius Debate

Original intent. The term pops up frequently in debates over how to interpret the U.S. Constitution. At its core, the concept of original intent holds that constitutional interpretation should be gui…

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