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September 16, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar Is Collapsing, and Threatens Its Entire Neighborhood

Myanmar's collapse poses a threat to countries across the region.

Man holds burning blue, red, and yellow flag, in the midst of protests in Myanmar

September 16, 2021

Myanmar
Myanmar Is a Failing State—and Could Be a Danger to Its Neighbors

Since the Myanmar military seized power in February, it has overseen economic collapse, mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic, murdered hundreds of people, and set the stage for the state to fail.

September 13, 2021

Southeast Asia
Podcast: Mandira Bagwandeen on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa

As China’s Belt and Road Initiative has grown and adapted over the past decade, it often has made Africa the biggest target of its infrastructure projects and other BRI activities.

Man and woman stand on railway platform in Nairobi, pointing towards the front of a stationary train.

September 10, 2021

Health
What Is the FDA’s Role in Public Health?

The U.S. health agency regulates the country’s foods and drugs, among other products. The COVID-19 pandemic and controversy over vaccines and treatments have highlighted the FDA’s role.

An FDA worker tests a medical device using a water bath.

September 2, 2021

Southeast Asia
Thailand Roiled by Violent Unrest and COVID-19 Decimation

Amid a COVID-19 surge, Thailand's escalating protests are getting more dangerous. 

People protest over Thai government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and to demand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's resignation, in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 2, 2021.

July 26, 2021

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s Political Crisis Is Dooming Its COVID-19 Response

Southeast Asia has in recent weeks become an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indonesia is recording the highest number of confirmed new cases per day in the world, and even one-time success stori…

A cemetery worker wearing a protective suit helps to bury a victim of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a cemetery in Shah Alam, Malaysia, on July 14, 2021.

July 23, 2021

Southeast Asia
Malaysia Faces Crises on All Levels

Political infighting and chaotic governance is compounding the COVID-19 crisis. 

A cemetery worker wearing a protective suit helps to bury a victim of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a cemetery in Shah Alam, Malaysia, July 14, 2021.

July 20, 2021

Myanmar
Myanmar Collapses into a COVID-19 Nightmare

Myanmar Collapses into a COVID-19 Nightmare

Locals line up with their tanks to refill oxygen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yangon, Myanmar, July 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

July 16, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies Worth Watching About Love and War

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about romance amid conflict.

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: Casablanca (black and white, a man and a woman look at each other); A Farewell to Arms (a man and woman look worriedly off to the side); The English Patient (a man and woman look off to the side, a desert and airplane behind them).

July 13, 2021

Nigeria
T.B. Joshua: A Preacher Who Held Outsized Influence in Nigeria and Africa

Policy makers, diplomats, and commentators in the secular West often fail to take into account the profound influence of religious leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, whether among Christians, Muslims, or adherents of traditional religions. Heaven, hell, and what secularists regard as magic are literal realities, more immediate than government policy or the pronouncements of political leaders. What the preacher says is more credible than the utterances of politicians.

T.B. Joshua, a now-deceased Nigerian pastor, holds his hand on a woman's face. The woman holds her hands raised with her palms upward.