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June 11, 2021

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
TWE Remembers: The Pentagon Papers

Sunday is the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers. My colleague Margaret Gach, a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relati…

A stack of boxes containing volumes of the Pentagon Papers sit in front of a portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson.

June 14, 2021

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 246th birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday.  The Army provi…

Army

June 10, 2021

Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking is a National Security Threat

In the first-ever Council Special Report on human trafficking, Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelstein argue that trafficking is an urgent matter of national security, economic growth, and sustainable de…

A Nigerian human trafficking survivor in a classroom

June 10, 2021

China
A Review of “The Perfect Police State” by Geoffrey Cain

Eric Schluessel is assistant professor of modern Chinese history at George Washington University. The Xinjiang region of northwest China (or East Turkestan) is the homeland of the Uyghurs, a group…

A Chinese police officer takes his position by the road near what is officially called a vocational education centre in Yining in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China on September 4, 2018.

June 9, 2021

Democracy
Biden and Democracy in Nicaragua

Despite all the speeches about the importance of human rights, the Biden administration is standing by as democracy is crushed in Nicaragua

June 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
Of Questionable Connectivity: China’s BRI and Thai Civil Society

Benjamin Zawacki is a senior program specialist with the Asia Foundation’s office in Thailand, focused on regional security and cooperation, and the author of Thailand: Shifting Ground between the US…

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (C) and Wang Xiaotao (C-L), a representative of the Chinese government, take part during the groundbreaking ceremony of the cooperation between Thailand and China on the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail development in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand on December 21, 2017.

May 27, 2021

Japan
Japan’s Difficult Summer

As the United States begins to see light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19, Japan remains locked in its struggle with the pandemic.  On May 24, 2021, the Biden Administration raised the travel a…

Senior citizens wait to receive a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a large-scale coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre in Osaka, western Japan May 24, 2021

May 28, 2021

Global Governance
The UN Security Council Tackles Emerging Technologies

The UN Security Council’s first debate on emerging technologies exposed some familiar tensions even as it trod new ground for the UN body with primary responsibility for maintaining international pea…

A view of the United Nations headquarters in the Manhattan Borough of New York City, New York, U.S., September 30, 2020.

May 27, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

May 24, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Terrorist Abubakar Shekau: Dead or Alive—and Does it Matter?

Multiple Nigerian media outlets reported last week that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has died or been mortally wounded in a confrontation with fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a group that separated from Shekau’s Boko Haram in 2016. The Nigerian government has not confirmed the reports and is investigating. The caution is well-placed: Shekau has been reported dead at least four times since he became the leader of Boko Haram in 2009 following the police killing of founder Mohammed Yusuf.

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, stands in front of a brick wall holding a heavy machine gun.