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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.

October 20, 2020

Southeast Asia
Is a Crackdown Looming for the Thai Protests?

Weeks of demonstrations in Thailand have now spread across the country. They continued over the weekend even as the authorities have arrested multiple protest leaders, issued an emergency decree bann…

Pro-democracy protesters show the three-finger salute during an anti-government protest, in Bangkok, Thailand on October 19, 2020.

October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan

Soldiers

October 16, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerians Cry Out Against Police Brutality

Nigerian youths are once again on the streets protesting against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). On social media, many young Nigerians recount stories of brutality, abduction, extortion, extrajudicial killings and false imprisonment.

A man standing on top of a wooden structure with the word "police" painted on. He is waving two flags--a Nigerian national flag and one with #EndSARS spray-painted on it. The picture is mostly black and white.

October 15, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thailand Spiraling Toward Outright Conflict

In recent days, protests and counterprotests in Thailand have pushed the country closer to dangerous conflict between pro-democracy demonstrators, who also increasingly have called for monarchical re…

Pro-democracy demonstrators flash a three-finger salute as a royal motorcade drives past during a Thai antigovernment mass protest, on the 47th anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, in Bangkok, Thailand on October 14, 2020.

October 14, 2020

West Africa
Anti-Police Demonstrations in Nigeria

Protests in Nigeria against police are being supported by the Nigerian diaspora, which is linking them to Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the United States and Europe. The focus of the current demonstrations is the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

An armored police vehicle shoots a water cannon at protesters in the streets of Abuja, Nigeria.

October 5, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Clean Network Program: Digital Age Echoes of the “Long Telegram”?

The U.S. State Department's Clean Network program, created in response to China's expanding capabilities in cyberspace, recalls the the warning George Kennan gave about the Soviet Union in his famous…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.

October 13, 2020

Syria
Despite Ceasefire Agreement, Turkey Implicated In More Than Eight Hundred Violations

Amy Austin Holmes is an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. One year ago, Turkish President Rece…

Smoke rises above the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, as seen from Turkey, on October 13, 2019.

October 13, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 245 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

Navy

August 10, 2020

Human Trafficking
As the Global Economy Melts Down, Human Trafficking Is Booming

Desperate families face risky job offers, dubious loans, and online predators.

The image shows a group of Nigerian women in a shelter near Moscow who survived human trafficking.