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December 2, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria: Atrocity in the Northeast

In response to the November 28 killing of civilians working in rice fields in Jere local government area, close to the Borno State capital of Maiduguri, Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum appears to be looking for local entities to restore security

Men gather near dead bodies of people who were killed by militant attack, during a mass burial at Zabarmari, in the Jere local government area of Borno State. The bodies are covered in white cloth and placed on wooden structures used to carry the bodies.

November 24, 2020

Southeast Asia
COVID-19 Sparks Democratic Regression in South and Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asia have demonstrated mixed results in combating the coronavirus pandemic, yet COVID-19 has been a political boon for illiberal leaders in the region. In fact, South and Southeas…

U.S. President Donald Trump observes as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the "Namaste Trump" event at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, in Ahmedabad, India, on February 24, 2020.

November 23, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Do Germans Believe America Is Back?

President-Elect Joe Biden has his work cut out for himself in his effort to restore allies’ trust in U.S. foreign policy.

Joe Biden walks beside Angela Merkel in front of U.S. and German flags.

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Security Forces and the Dangers of a Violence-First Approach

On October 20, 2020, Nigerians watched in horror on social media as men suspected to be members of the military opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters—a movement responding to a litany of abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A pair of military officers are seen walking towards a group of young men on the street in Nigeria. One man has both arms raised.

November 18, 2020

Nigeria
Financing Boko Haram

Federal Court of Appeals in the United Arab Emirates, which sits in Abu Dhabi, has sentenced to jail six Nigerians for transferring $782,000 from Dubai to Boko Haram in Nigeria.

A flag of Boko Haram, a terrorist group operating in northwest Nigeria, is seen attached to an electrical pole.

November 16, 2020

Trade
The RCEP Signing and Its Implications

Over the weekend, 15 Asian states, including China, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The deal provides a major signal to investors that the region is still committed to multila…

ASEAN leaders are seen on a screen as they attend the 4th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Summit as part of the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 15, 2020.

November 13, 2020

North Korea
Why North Korean Provocations Toward a Biden Administration Will Fail

A return to provocations as North Korea’s primary mechanism for drawing international attention would signal weakness, not the intended message of strength.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the 18th Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 30, 2020.

November 13, 2020

Climate Change
To Address Climate Change While Protecting Workers, the United States Needs a Border-Adjusted Carbon Tax

The only way to take effective and far-reaching action to combat climate change while also preserving American competitive advantage is the imposition of a carbon tax with border adjustments.

Exhaust rises from the stacks of the Harrison Power Station in Haywood, West Virginia on May 16, 2018.

November 9, 2020

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s Election: NLD Seems to Win Sizable Victory

On Sunday, Myanmar held its first national elections since 2015, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a smashing victory in the first free and fair national elections in th…

A supporter of National League for Democracy (NLD) holds two portraits of Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi as people gather to celebrate at party headquarters after the general election in Yangon, Myanmar, on November 9, 2020.