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June 14, 2021

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 246th birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday.  The Army provi…

Army

June 10, 2021

China
A Review of “The Perfect Police State” by Geoffrey Cain

Eric Schluessel is assistant professor of modern Chinese history at George Washington University. The Xinjiang region of northwest China (or East Turkestan) is the homeland of the Uyghurs, a group…

A Chinese police officer takes his position by the road near what is officially called a vocational education centre in Yining in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China on September 4, 2018.

June 10, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
America’s ‘Return’ Might Not Be Enough to Revive the West

Is America back and able to make the West once again the core of an open, rules-based world order? Biden and his counterparts have an opportunity to prove skeptics wrong this week.

Military personnel march to welcome U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden upon the evening arrival of Air Force One at Cornwall Airport in Britain on June 9, 2021.

June 9, 2021

Religion
2021 Report on International Religious Freedom

Dwight Bashir, director of outreach and policy, and Elizabeth K. Cassidy, director of research and policy, both of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), present findings an…

Play 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom

June 9, 2021

Democracy
Biden and Democracy in Nicaragua

Despite all the speeches about the importance of human rights, the Biden administration is standing by as democracy is crushed in Nicaragua

June 4, 2021

South Africa
South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, and Ace Magashule From 30,000 Feet

The African National Congress (ANC), the party which has dominated government since the end of apartheid in 1994, is a mélange of democratic and "liberation" assumptions and procedures. Once multiracial, the ANC is now largely a Black political party. During the 2009–2018 presidency of Jacob Zuma, it became deeply ensnarled in corruption and steadily lost the support of the electorate. Zuma is widely regarded as personally corrupt. Cyril Ramaphosa, a close associate of Nelson Mandela, campaigned within the party to unseat Zuma and clean up the corruption, not least to stimulate foreign and domestic investment in the economy.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and former President Jacob Zuma, both wearing yellow shirts with black and green stripes, cut a cake together. Several others stand around them wearing shirts of the same coloring.

June 3, 2021

Tibet
The Question of Tibet-Xinjiang Equivalence: China's Recent Policies in Its Far West

Tenzin Dorjee is a Senior Researcher and Strategist at the Tibet Action Institute and a PhD candidate at Columbia University. In a post published on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Asia Unbound …

Paramilitary police officers swap positions during a change of guard in front of Potala Palace in Lhasa on October 15, 2020.

May 28, 2021

United States
Remembering Those Whom Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return hom…

Memorial Day

May 27, 2021

Japan
Japan’s Difficult Summer

As the United States begins to see light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19, Japan remains locked in its struggle with the pandemic.  On May 24, 2021, the Biden Administration raised the travel a…

Senior citizens wait to receive a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a large-scale coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre in Osaka, western Japan May 24, 2021

May 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.