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June 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
Of Questionable Connectivity: China’s BRI and Thai Civil Society

Benjamin Zawacki is a senior program specialist with the Asia Foundation’s office in Thailand, focused on regional security and cooperation, and the author of Thailand: Shifting Ground between the US…

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (C) and Wang Xiaotao (C-L), a representative of the Chinese government, take part during the groundbreaking ceremony of the cooperation between Thailand and China on the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail development in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand on December 21, 2017.

June 3, 2021

Global Governance
The Four Contending Approaches to Multilateralism Under Biden

The debate between going it alone versus working with others has ended. The debate over alternative forms of multilateralism has just begun.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2021.

May 28, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. Push for a Global Clean Energy Transition Can Start in Africa

The new US Climate Finance Plan aims to double contributions to climate funding for developing countries. A renewed emphasis on emerging economies is good news for the climate -- but in presenting support as “protecting the world’s poorest” and helping “communities in need,” the Plan reflects old thinking. 

Kenya's Energy Minister Charles Keter addresses engineers at the power substation of the Lake Turkana Wind Power project (LTWP) in Loiyangalani district, Marsabit County, northern Kenya, September 4, 2018.

May 28, 2021

Global Governance
The UN Security Council Tackles Emerging Technologies

The UN Security Council’s first debate on emerging technologies exposed some familiar tensions even as it trod new ground for the UN body with primary responsibility for maintaining international pea…

A view of the United Nations headquarters in the Manhattan Borough of New York City, New York, U.S., September 30, 2020.

May 24, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Terrorist Abubakar Shekau: Dead or Alive—and Does it Matter?

Multiple Nigerian media outlets reported last week that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has died or been mortally wounded in a confrontation with fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a group that separated from Shekau’s Boko Haram in 2016. The Nigerian government has not confirmed the reports and is investigating. The caution is well-placed: Shekau has been reported dead at least four times since he became the leader of Boko Haram in 2009 following the police killing of founder Mohammed Yusuf.

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, stands in front of a brick wall holding a heavy machine gun.

May 21, 2021

South Korea
Joe Biden’s Summit With South Korea’s Moon Jae-In Poses a Question of Shared Values

The Joe Biden administration has framed its main foreign policy paradigm primarily in terms of competition between democracy and authoritarianism, emphasizing cooperation among like-minded allies as …

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers remarks before participating in a bilateral meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2021

May 18, 2021

South Korea
United States and South Korea Should Forge “Vaccine Alliance”

The upcoming South Korea-U.S. summit meeting in Washington, D.C. should serve as an opportunity to forge a symbiotic "vaccine alliance."

An employee works at a syringe factory in Gunsan, South Korea, on April 5, 2021.

May 10, 2021

Cybersecurity
The TSA Should Regulate Pipeline Cybersecurity

It is time for the federal government to exercise its existing authority to regulate the cybersecurity of pipelines.

Oil refinery and pipeline.

May 10, 2021

Global Governance
To Prevent Future Pandemics, Start by Protecting Nature

We have entered a new era of infectious disease. The path to global health security begins with protecting nature.

An Indigenous girl from the Parintintin tribe sits on a cut tree trunk in Traira village near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil, on August 16, 2019.

May 5, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Iranian Compliance and the JCPOA Negotiations

Are the negotiators ignoring Iran's repeated violations and its stonewalling of the IAEA?