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February 15, 2024

North Korea
60th Munich Security Conference, African Union’s Conflict-Laden Agenda, Bellicose North Korea, and More

World leaders gather for the sixtieth Munich Security Conference with growing concerns about a continued war in Ukraine and threats to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cohesion; the African …

Podcast North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 10th Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall, in Pyongyang, North Korea on January 15, 2024

February 8, 2024

Chile
Chile’s Inferno, NATO Ramps Up Security Exercises, Indonesia’s Presidential Election, and More

Chile works to recover from the devastating wildfire in its central Valparaíso region; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) continues with its 2024 Steadfast Defender exercise, the largest s…

Podcast Firefighters fighting wildfires in Viña del Mar, Chile on February 3, 2024

January 3, 2023

China
China’s Global Influence Campaign, With Joshua Kurlantzick

Joshua Kurlantzick, a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how China uses its media power to influence the domestic politics of countries around…

Podcast Illustration picture of newspaper reports on China's new Politburo Standing Committee

December 8, 2022

China
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series: Beijing's Global Media Offensive by Joshua Kurlantzick

Since China’s ascendancy toward great power status began in the 1990s, many observers have focused on its economic growth and expanding military power. In contrast, most viewed China’s ability to pro…

Play Chinese soldier stands in front of the gates to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China

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.

February 1, 2024

China
Biden Confronts Iran, China’s Lunar New Year Economic Slowdown, Pakistan’s Flawed Elections, and More

The Joe Biden administration contends with how to respond to a deadly attack on U.S. service members at a base in Jordan while also preventing a wider regional war; a faltering economy clouds festivi…

Podcast  A worker hangs Chinese character Fu, which means good fortune, at Ditan Park (before the Spring Festival on January 31, 2024 in Beijing, China.

February 12, 2024

Indonesia
Indonesia’s Presidential Election: The Old Guard Faces the New

The February 14 election marks a potential turning point in Southeast Asia’s most powerful state, likely determining its future relations with China and the United States, and the fate of the country…