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October 29, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
Why Cobalt Mining in the DRC Needs Urgent Attention

Cobalt is an essential mineral used for batteries in electric cars, computers, and cell phones. Demand for cobalt is increasing as more electric cars are sold, particularly in Europe.

An artisanal miner carries raw ore at Tilwizembe, a former industrial copper-cobalt mine, outside of Kolwezi, the capital city of Lualaba Province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 11, 2016

October 29, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Competing U.S.-Russia Cybersecurity Resolutions Risk Slowing UN Progress Further

The two draft resolutions and a newly proposed "Programme of Action" raise questions about the future of cybersecurity negotiations at the United Nations.

The United Nations headquarters is seen from the North sculpture garden during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly high-level debate.

October 29, 2020

Election 2020
TWNW Special: America’s Pivotal Election

The U.S. presidential election pitting incumbent Donald J. Trump against former Vice President Joe Biden is finally here. In this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert M…

Podcast U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the third and final presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

October 28, 2020

Southeast Asia
The Thai King Sends Messages Presaging Conflict in Thailand

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Three months have passed and the protests in Thailand have intensified. One of the main mess…

People show the three-fingered salute during a protest, in Bangkok, Thailand on October 26, 2020.

October 28, 2020

Donald Trump
Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric Toward Ethiopia is Indicative of a Larger Problem

Last week President Trump invited reporters to listen in on a call intended to celebrate the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel, a diplomatic achievement that comes with more than a few complications. 

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with leaders of Israel and Sudan about the decision to rescind Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2020

October 28, 2020

China
Part Two: Huawei Enlists Russian Talent and Technology to Ensure Future Innovation

Huawei is expanding its presence in Russia to sustain its growth.

The Huawei logo is seen at the IFA consumer technology fair.

October 28, 2020

Election 2020
Make America Vote Again

The United States trails far behind most advanced democracies when it comes to voter turnout, with just 55 percent of eligible voters participating in the 2016 election. What are other countries doin…

Podcast A man in a mask at a polling place

October 27, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
The History of U.S. Isolationism, With Charles A. Kupchan

Charles A. Kupchan, CFR senior fellow and professor of international affairs at Georgetown University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the long history of American efforts to avoid foreign…

Podcast Seagulls fly around the Statue of Liberty at sunrise in New York City.

October 26, 2020

Election 2020
What a Biden Win Would Mean for the Future of Multilateralism

A Biden triumph would repudiate the “America First” platform, but can it overcome the lasting damage Trump has done to America’s standing and credibility?

A zoomed in photo of Joe Biden's face, adjusting his mask with his left hand, as he stares into the distance.

October 23, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Biden and Trump Debate Foreign Policy, Kinda

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy was a topic at the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. 

Joe Biden and Donald Trump gesture at each other from behind their podiums while Kristen Welker is seated between them on the debate stage.