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December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

April 27, 2020

China
China: Life In Shanghai During the Pandemic

This post is part of a series from Asia Unbound. The post is authored by Peidong Sun, associate professor of history at Fudan University.  On December 18, 2019, Fudan University changed its charte…

A woman wears a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai on March 19, 2020.

March 30, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
As COVID-19 Runs Rampant, the UN Security Council Must Act

The disastrous stalemate between the United States and China is preventing the UN Security Council from issuing a powerful resolution, or even a declaration, to mobilize the international system agai…

The chairs of the UN Security Council sit empty at UN headquarters

August 26, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Bernie Sanders announced on April 8, 2020, that he was suspending his campaign.  Is the second time the charm? Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders certainly hopes so. Back in 2016, the self-pro…

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March 18, 2019

Defense and Security
The Limits of Orthodoxy: What Diversity Brings to Nuclear Security

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges.

Negotiators meet in Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks, in Vienna, Austria July 13, 2015.

March 14, 2019

China
Why China's Incomplete Macroeconomic Adjustment Makes China 2025 a Bigger Risk

How the fragile macro-economic base of China’s external adjustment could intersect with China 2025 and generate a new "China" shock.

Why China's Incomplete Macroeconomic Adjustment Makes China 2025 a Bigger Risk

October 30, 2018

China
Book Review Roundtable: The Third Revolution

China is changing under President Xi Jinping. In my new book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, I argue that Xi has taken unprecedented steps to consolidate his authority, h…

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September 5, 2018

Asia
An Asia Super Grid Would Be a Boon for Clean Energy—If It Gets Built

This guest post is authored by Charles Zhang, a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Council on For…

Asia grid at night

August 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia and Canada

Saudi Arabia has ordered its ambassador to Canada to come home and has expelled the Canadian ambassador, stopped Saudia flights to Canada, stated that all new commerce with Canada will now be reviewe…

March 6, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Low Expectations for Secretary Tillerson’s Trip to Africa

Rex Tillerson will make his first trip to Africa as Secretary of State between March 6 and March 13. He will visit five of Africa’s fifty-four countries—Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria.

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