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May 12, 2021

Nigeria
Germany to Return Some African Art to Nigeria

The German minister of culture has announced plans to return hundreds of art objects to Nigeria. Their provenance is the Benin Royal Palace—located in Benin City, which is situated in southern Nigeria—looted and destroyed by the British in 1897. Apparently, the objects will be deposited at the Edo Museum of West African Art, under construction in Benin City.

A close-up photo of a Benin Bronze resembling a leopard on display in the Bode-Museum in Berlin, Germany.

May 11, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
How to Create a Breakthrough in the Fight Against Modern Slavery? Invest in the Economic Agency of Women and Girls

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Iraqi women prepare food in kitchen run by Mahiya Yousef, who created her business in order to help unemployed women in Mosul.

May 11, 2021

Digital Policy
How the Dictator’s Digital Dilemma Constrains Leaders’ Choices

An excerpt from Steven Feldstein's new book: The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology Is Reshaping Power, Politics, and Resistance.

China's President Xi Jinping claps after his speech.

May 6, 2021

Chile
Chile’s Constitutional Rewrite: A Difficult Path Ahead, but a Recipe for Inclusion

Regardless of the challenges to meeting demands for an overhaul of Chile’s neoliberal economic system, the country’s new constitution could facilitate the lasting inclusion of marginalized groups in …

Women holding a Chilean flag celebrate

May 5, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

May 3, 2021

Energy and Environment
To Save the Natural World, Put a Price on It

Collapsing biodiversity is a major ecological emergency. In the wake of Earth Day, it’s worth stepping back to consider the financial value of biodiversity's ecosystem services.

Fish swim above a coral reef in the Red Sea offshore of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology near the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 17, 2019.

April 29, 2021

Global Governance
Can Solar Geoengineering Be Used as a Weapon?

The premise that solar geoengineering is weaponizable is either false or grossly overstated. It is time to leave such distractions behind and focus more squarely on the real dilemmas of this otherwis…

The bright sun rises over a sky filled with hazy clouds behind Saint Michael's Church and Glastonbury Tor, in Glastonbury, Britain.

April 27, 2021

Asia
“Difficult Choices: Taiwan’s Quest for Security and the Good Life”: A Review

Taiwan will need to make painful tradeoffs to ensure its continued security, Richard Bush argues in a new book.

Nan Shan Plaza (L) and Taiwan's landmark building Taipei 101 are pictured through the window of an airplane, in Taipei, Taiwan on August 19, 2018.

April 26, 2021

Cybersecurity
The U.S. Should Make “Leverage” the Foundation of Its Cyber Strategy

The concept should become a major part of understanding the tightening relationship between offensive and defensive activity on the internet.

Cyber defense operations.

April 22, 2021

Southeast Asia
ASEAN’s Myanmar Crisis: Part 2

This weekend, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will hold an emergency summit in Jakarta, focused on the dire situation in Myanmar, where the country continues to spiral toward wides…

Demonstrators are seen before a clash with security forces in Taze, Sagaing Region, Myanmar on April 7, 2021.