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October 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era

President Trump appears little troubled by the sharp democratic decline in Southeast Asia, but the rise of authoritarianism could hurt U.S. interests in the region.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shakes hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2017.

September 22, 2017

Armenia
A Simmering Crisis Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Talks later this year between President Serzh Sargsyan and President Ilham Aliyev can reduce the likelihood of renewed armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Reuters

June 30, 2017

Philippines
Duterte Fumbles in Southern Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte’s chaotic strategy against Islamic State-linked groups in the Philippines might fail to defeat the most extreme militants while squandering the chance for peace.

Philippine government troops take cover in Marawi City.

October 13, 2016

Thailand
The Mixed Legacy of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The long-reigning Thai king’s tacit support of military coups over the last decade undercuts his past image as a force for stability. 

May 5, 2016

Nigeria
What Makes Boko Haram Run?

The terror group Boko Haram is diminished but far from vanquished in Nigeria, and it appears to be expanding its regional reach, writes CFR’s John Campbell. 

January 28, 2016

Health
How the SDGs Will Transform Global Health Governance

The Sustainable Development Goals will have far-reaching implications for global health governance and challenge organizations such as the WHO, writes CFR’s Yanzhong Huang.

January 13, 2016

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Future Hinges on Its States

The spotlight is on Nigeria’s new president as he tries to tackle a vicious insurgency and steep economic problems but the crucial actors in trying to stabilize Africa’s most populous country are at …

September 11, 2015

Global
Is Universal Health Care an Attainable Goal?

The latest UN development initiative calls for achieving universal health coverage by 2030, a goal widely supported in the global health community but one that is possibly too ambitious, writes CFR’s…

April 29, 2015

Nepal
Fragile Nepal’s Steep Challenges

Already struggling to meet the needs of its people before its earthquake, the weak government of Nepal faces enormous obstacles in warding off further disaster and harnessing outside aid, writes CFR’…

March 26, 2015

Nigeria
Nigeria’s High Stakes Elections

Africa’s most populous country is holding tight elections amid a fierce insurgency and plummeting oil revenues. There are concerns that the vote could trigger a new round of instability, writes CFR’s…