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October 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Why Are U.S.-Turkey Relations So Strained?

An imprisoned opponent, dire economic conditions, and ongoing tensions with the United States all pose challenges to President Erdogan’s increasingly erratic leadership.

October 26, 2021

Southeast Asia
The ASEAN Summit: ASEAN and the United States

President Biden addressed several areas of concern at the ASEAN summit.

U.S. President Joe Biden participates virtually with the ASEAN summit from an auditorium at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 26, 2021.

October 26, 2021

Infrastructure
Financing Global Infrastructure: The Role of the Private Sector

If properly harnessed, private capital can help the United States meet global infrastructure needs and compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Workers stand on top of a new highway under construction in east Jakarta, Indonesia November 4, 2015.

October 26, 2021

Southeast Asia
Biden’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, With Lynn Kuok

Lynn Kuok, Shangri-La Dialogue senior fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the Biden administration’s poli…

Podcast U.S. President Joe Biden participates virtually with the ASEAN summit from an auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 26, 2021.

October 25, 2021

Sudan
Sudanese Military Leaders Seize Power, Dissolve Transitional Government

Monday’s coup in Sudan represents an attempt by forces who were never interested reform or democracy to derail the country’s transition and protect their own interests at the expense of the rest of the country. While General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan claims that “the Armed Forces will continue completing the democratic transition,” his actions and those of the military leadership reveal the undeniable reality—they will forcefully resist any attempt to finish the work of the revolution, reform the security services, and establish real lines of accountability between the people and their leaders.

A large crowd of protesters stands in the street.

October 25, 2021

Latin America
Mexico’s Energy Grid Risks Fading to Black

President Lopez Obrador’s plan to renationalize electricity generation will make it more expensive, dirtier and less reliable and jeopardize the inclusive economic growth he says he wants. 

Worker standing before Mexico's state-run electric utility offices

October 25, 2021

Global Governance
The G20 Was Made for Moments Like This

The planet is on fire, the pandemic smolders on, and the global recovery is faltering. The G20 was created for just such challenges, and the Rome summit offers it a chance to rise to the occasion. 

People stand in front of the G20 media center at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome, Italy, which will host the G20 summit from October 30-31 on October 22, 2021.

October 22, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Gender Inequality in South Korean Military

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 October 9 to October 22.

South Korean soldiers salute their country's flag in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

October 21, 2021

Education
Higher Education Webinar: Civic Engagement in Higher Education

Brian Mateo, associate dean of civic engagement and director of strategic partnerships in Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs Program and security fellow at the Truman National Sec…

Play Students participating in elections.

October 21, 2021

United States
Colin Powell's American Life

Alone among US President George W. Bush’s senior advisers, Colin Powell did not push for the costly, ill-advised Iraq War, and it would be misreading history to hold him responsible for it. He remain…

Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell speaks at the presentation of the Above and Beyond Citizen Awards March 25, 2008 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia