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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.

September 30, 2022

Thailand
Thailand’s Boiling Politics: A Short Blog

The Thai court's decision to allow Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to remain in office does not bode well for Thailand's political climate or institutions.

Prime Minister of Thailand Prayuth Chan-ocha bows his hands

December 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Prophecy of Nigeria’s TB Joshua

Nigerians like to say that they are the happiest people in the world and the most religious. Public events commonly open and close with prayer. Causation of events, big or small is routinely ascribed…

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November 22, 2016

China
Podcast: Fifteen Minutes With Joshua Wong

When Hong Kong police cleared the streets of Umbrella Movement protestors in December 2014, many feared for the fate of the city’s democracy movement. But two years later, in September’s elections, a…

Podcast Fifteen Minutes with Joshua Wong

June 3, 2016

China
Forty-Five Minutes With Joshua Wong

Four years ago, when he was just fifteen years old, Joshua Wong launched a campaign to prevent Beijing from enforcing its own version of history in Hong Kong schools. Along with other student activis…

Joshua Wong Umbrella Revolution Protests

September 18, 2019

Hong Kong
Podcast: Joshua Wong and Brian Leung on Hong Kong's Pro-democracy Movement

Ever since protests gained traction in late spring, Hong Kong has been a focal point for international attention. The protests, which drew approximately two million participants at one point, have co…

Podcast A man walks past a graffiti during a march to demand democracy and political reforms in Hong Kong, China, August 18, 2019.

September 23, 2022

Thailand
Prayuth’s Misrule Is Turning Thailand Into a Powder Keg

In the lead-up to national elections in 2023, Thai politics is becoming increasingly dysfunctional.

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July 20, 2022

China
China’s Collapsing Global Image

China’s global image has deteriorated significantly in the past four years, alienating leading democracies and developing countries alike with aggressive foreign policy, economic coercion, and faltering soft power policies.

April 4, 2013

Asia
New From CFR: Joshua Kurlantzick on Democracy’s Woes

In an interview and op-ed last week, CFR fellow Joshua Kurlantzick analyzes the setbacks facing democracy as autocratic powers such as China and Russia advance their own political philosophies in the…

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January 18, 2017

Food and Water Security
Water and U.S. National Security

Overview Water and security concerns are inextricably linked in every region of the world. While shared interests have historically facilitated cooperation in managing water, the future could be d…

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