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January 15, 2021

Democracy
Dear America: The Rest of The World is Watching

On January 6, a large group of rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an attempt to unconstitutionally obstruct the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. The events could prove detrimental for democracy in the developing world.

The Capitol is seen behind a fence and a sign that reads "AREA CLOSED By order of the United States Capitol Police Board,", in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2021.

January 15, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
From Rhetoric to Reality: Advancing Women’s Participation in Peace Processes

  This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight n…

A Venezuelan indigenous women from the Wayuu tribe shake hands during a reconciliation ceremony, in Castilletes, Colombia February 19, 2020. Picture taken February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

January 13, 2021

Radicalization and Extremism
From Separatism to Salafism: Militancy on the Swahili Coast

Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. The revelation that a Kenyan member of al-Shabab was charged with planning a 9/11-style attack on the Unit…

A group of Muslim youth are seen protesting the killing of a radical Kenyan imam, Aboud Rogo Mohammed. Several are wearing Islamic dress while others are wearing everyday clothing.

January 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Dangerous Political Interregnum

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center of Southeast Asian Studies. King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne in October 2016, ending the authoritative and l…

A car of the royal motorcade drives past a Thai antigovernment mass protest, on the 47th anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, in Bangkok, Thailand on October 14, 2020.

January 12, 2021

China
2020 in Review: Chinese Companies Suffer as Global Technology Tensions Intensify

2020 was a difficult year for Chinese tech companies. 2021 won't be any easier.

Flags of China and U.S. are seen near a ByteDance logo.

January 6, 2021

Cybersecurity
We Should Have Known SolarWinds Would Be a Target

How to better identify and measure critical infrastructure vulnerabilities.

Optical fibre cables are seen in a telephone exchange.

January 6, 2021

Coronavirus
Vaccine Diplomacy: China and SinoPharm in Africa

On December 3, John Nkengasong, director, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), announced a 60 percent vaccination target—one estimate of the level needed to achieve herd immunity from COVID-19—in Africa’s fifty-four countries.

A presentation of a vaccine under development by SinoPharm, a Chinese company, that is to be used to provide immunity against COVID-19

January 4, 2021

Social Issues
2020 in Review: The Year Disinformation Went Mainstream

The past year has taught us that disinformation will be one of the most significant and pervasive challenges of the digital era.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is seen testifying remotely via videoconference during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

December 29, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2020

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2020 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a memorial service for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui at a chapel of Aletheia University in New Taipei City, Taiwan September 19, 2020.

December 28, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Denmark Strengthens Rape Law

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers December 21 to December 28.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks during a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Mirror Hall in the Prime Minister's Office at Christiansborg, Copenhagen, Denmark October 23, 2020. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS