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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.

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 21, 2021

Nigeria
Jihadis Claim to be Uniting in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram, the jihadi insurrection associated with some 350,000 deaths since 2009 in northeast Nigeria, was characterized by factions—conflict among which was bloody—though at times they appear to have cooperated tactically. Now, the faction associated with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), is claiming to have incorporated the followers of the rival faction led by Abubakar Shekau. (Weeks ago, Shekau died, apparently after committing suicide in a standoff with ISWA.)

A wall that has "Hate Evil" and "Boko Haram is Evil" scrawled on it.

July 20, 2021

Western Sahara
Five Questions on the Western Sahara Peace Process

The following interview is with Fatma El Mehdi, one of eight negotiators in the Western Sahara peace process and a leader in the Sahrawi community.

Sahrawi People

July 15, 2021

Human Trafficking
The Case for Perpetrator Accountability to Combat Human Trafficking

Corporations have a responsibility to purge slavery from their supply chains, but only governments have the power to prosecute. Keeping criminals accountable is necessary to eliminate slavery and hum…

Cambodian police in front of Phnom Penh Municipal Courthouse

June 30, 2021

Labor and Employment
Responsible Recruitment Through Technology: A Path Forward

This post was authored by Sophie Zinser, a Schwarzman Academy Fellow in the Asia Pacific Program and Middle East North Africa Program at Chatham House in London. She is also a consultant at Diginex S…

Textile factory workers in India

June 14, 2021

Taiwan
The Time Is Now for a Trade Deal With Taiwan

A comprehensive U.S.-Taiwan trade agreement would benefit U.S. companies, bolster Taiwan's economic security, and underscore Washington's interest in cross-Strait stability.

A commercial street in Taiwan's capital, Taipei

April 27, 2021

Coronavirus
The States and Reopening Under COVID-19: Why We Need North American Cooperation

This post is coauthored by Laurie Trautman, the director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Edward Alden, …

Peace Arch Historical State Park

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

March 23, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Multiple Jihadi Insurgencies, Cooperating With Bandits, Appear to be Converging in the Sahel

On March 17, around one hundred assailants, traveling on motorcycles and pickup trucks, killed thirty-three soldiers and wounded an additional fourteen in an attack near Tessit in central Mali. Mali. MINUSMA assisted the evacuation of the dead and wounded

A UN peacekeeper wearing a blue helmet jumps from a red truck while a fire burns behind him.