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June 30, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

June 30, 2020

Syria
U.S. Retrenchment Will Intensify Crisis in Idlib

In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria and avoid regional instability, the United States should make the outcome of the fight for Idlib a national security concern and exercise the lead…

Two adults and two children walk by a destroyed building on which images of the novel coronavirus have been spray painted in Idlib, Syria.

June 30, 2020

China
China’s Repression of Uighurs in Xinjiang

More than a million Muslims have been arbitrarily detained in China’s Xinjiang region. 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.

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…

Hamilton Madison

June 29, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Understanding Gender Equality in Foreign Policy: What the United States Can Do

A new report by Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelstein offers a comprehensive overview of how countries around the world are integrating gender equality as a foreign policy priority, and how the United …

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom addresses the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security, on October 27, 2017.

June 25, 2020

Economics
Global Growth Tracker: World Economies by GDP

This tracker charts the economic growth performance through time of ninety-one countries around the globe.

June 26, 2020

South Korea
Back to Square One for Inter-Korean Relations

Tensions rocketed on June 16 when North Korea demolished a liaison office that had stood as a symbol of hope for improved communications.

South Korean soldiers take part in a live fire exercise near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, on June 22, 2020.

June 25, 2020

Energy and Climate Policy
A Path to Progress: How Voluntary Climate Action Could Redefine the Texas Fossil Fuel Landscape

This is a guest post by Tessa Schreiber, intern for Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and student at Rice University.  The state of Texas is known for its deferenc…

Oil pump jacks work at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S. August 21, 2019. Picture taken August 21, 2019.

June 25, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: June 25, 2020

United States suspends H1-B and other work visas; United States, EU denounce China over series of cyberattacks; India prohibits state-run telecommunications companies from acquiring Chinese network e…

European Union Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager talks during a video news conference, to present a "White Paper" to better arm the EU against unfair competition from heavily subsidised foreign companies, at the European Commission.

June 25, 2020

South Africa
Trials for COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Begin in South Africa

Trials of the Jenner Institute’s vaccine are taking place in Brazil, the United Kingdom Brazil, and South Africa, and the other trials also appear to have begun on June 24. According to the WHO, there are 220 vaccine candidates are in development.

A bald, young man with a white mask sits, with three layers of clothing, a purple sweater, a dark blue flannel, and finally, an orange t-shirt, peeled back in order to reveal his harm as he receives a vaccine candidate for COVID-19. The health care worker administering the vaccine is in a dark grey jacket and is wearing white medical gloves. The wall is painted white brick and there are informational posters around.