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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 5, 2021

China
"Road Kill in a Game of Chicken": China, Canada, and the United States

It has been over two years since Chinese officials detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. How the next U.S. administration handles this issue could foreshadow the future of U.S.-Canada…

People hold signs calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, in Vancouver, Canada on March 6, 2019.

December 23, 2020

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2021

Millions of people around the world voted in 2020. Taiwanese voters reelected Tsai Ing-wen as president. Burmese voters returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to power. Guineans protested before and after…

Myanmar voter

December 17, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2020

Four years ago stories appeared asking whether 2016 was the worst year ever. Well, 2020 has 2016 beat. You would have to go back to 1968 to find a year filled with as much turmoil. Yes, the past twel…

Pakistan students

October 15, 2020

China
A Crack in the Wall? Not So Fast.

What can the quick rise—and equally quick fall—of a state-approved app that allows Chinese netizens limited access to western social media tell us about the CCP’s evolving approach to information, ce…

Visitors are seen at the booth of anti-virus software maker Qihoo 360 at the China International Software Expo in Beijing on June 29, 2018.

October 9, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: VP Candidates Discuss Foreign Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed U.S. policy toward China and U.S. global leadership at Wedne…

Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence sit across from each other separated by plexiglass on the stage of the vice-presidential debate.

October 8, 2020

China
To Understand China’s Aggressive Foreign Policy, Look at Its Domestic Politics

In the past six months, Chinese foreign policy appears to have taken a dramatic and aggressive turn. One way to understand this assertive foreign policy is through the lens of China's internal politi…

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army march outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on September 8, 2020.

October 5, 2020

China
Record Chinese Bilateral Surpluses With the United States Are Not Mirrored in the U.S. Trade Data

Is China’s surplus with the United States back at a record level? It depends. In China’s data, China’s exports to the United States and its surplus with the United States are at all-time highs. The U…

Record Chinese Bilateral Surpluses With the United States Are Not Mirrored in the U.S. Trade Data

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.