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September 21, 2018

Maldives
Maldives Election: Weekend Reading

Ahead of Sunday's election in the Maldives, read up on the issues facing the island nation, including democratic backsliding, corruption, and geopolitical competition between China and India.

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen and China's President Xi Jinping attend a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on December 7, 2017.

August 16, 2018

Cameroon
Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon was Decades in the Making

The Anglophone crisis in southwestern Cameroon is getting worse, and outside observers are beginning to notice. According to Amnesty International, “alarm bells are ringing” in Congress over Cameroon, and on July 31, Karen Pierce, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, tweeted that there is “lots of interest” in the crisis among UN representatives in New York.

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June 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, Belt and Road Attracts Takers, But Skepticism is Rising

Since China’s Belt and Road Initiative was formally launched in 2013, Southeast Asia has been one of the major priorities of the infrastructure investment project. Beijing launched a new high-speed r…

Thailand train_12.17.2017

May 17, 2018

Digital Policy
How Europe and Canada Are Fighting Foreign Political Ads on Social Media

New Facebook data reveals that foreign advertisers may have tried to influence the upcoming Irish referendum on abortion. More proof that ad transparency initiatives for social media are necessary to…

Irish abortion referendum

May 11, 2018

Eurozone
Ireland Exports its Leprechaun

Irish tax distortions have a material impact on aggregate eurozone economic data.

Ireland Exports its Leprechaun

April 25, 2018

United States
Close Social Media Loopholes to Protect Upcoming U.S. Elections

The 2018 U.S. midterms are less than eight months away, and Congress has done nothing to close loopholes that enable political advertising on social media to fuel disinformation and division. Time fo…

Zuck before Congress

April 25, 2018

Ireland
Tax Avoidance and the Irish Balance of Payments

At this point, profit shifting by multinational corporations doesn’t distort Ireland’s balance of payments; it constitutes Ireland’s balance of payments.

Irish Flag and Apple Logo

March 19, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering March 9 to March 19, was compiled with su…

india girl

February 20, 2018

European Union
Could Europe's New Data Protection Regulation Curb Online Disinformation?

European leaders are rushing to implement new laws to curb disinformation on social media. However, existing European data protection laws might actually make it harder for bad actors to spread fake …

Macron Merkel

January 19, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: January 19, 2018

This week: deterring cyberattacks with nukes, getting a foothold in China's tech market, and reauthorizing section 702. 

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