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July 26, 2021

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s Political Crisis Is Dooming Its COVID-19 Response

Southeast Asia has in recent weeks become an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indonesia is recording the highest number of confirmed new cases per day in the world, and even one-time success stori…

A cemetery worker wearing a protective suit helps to bury a victim of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a cemetery in Shah Alam, Malaysia, on July 14, 2021.

July 26, 2021

Globalization
Globalization Strikes Back

The ongoing pandemic and global climate-related disasters demonstrate the inadequacy of efforts to address the problematic aspects of globalization.

People take part in a Fridays for Future protest in Vienna, Austria, May 14, 2021

July 10, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes speaks about Obama's upcoming visit to Cuba at the White House in Washington February 18, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a historic visit to Cuba next month, speeding up the thaw in relations between the two Cold War former foes but igniting opposition from Republicans at home.

July 7, 2021

Latin America
A Socially Conservative Left Is Gaining Traction in Latin America

The electoral strength of the right is pushing Latin America’s leftists away from progressive causes.

Pedro Castillo speaks to a crowd

June 24, 2021

Latin America
The Fight Against Corruption in Central America Needs to Get Ugly

When the region’s governments are such problematic partners, going around and after them is the only solution.

Vice President Kamala Harris and President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala

June 17, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Sisi Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reacts after delivering a speech at the Lower House of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, February 29, 2016.

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 8, 2021

Global Governance
Bringing the High Seas Biodiversity Treaty Into Port

The high seas are poorly governed. Ratifying the proposed high seas pact would plug this gaping hole and help preserve the future of life on nearly half of the planet.

A trevally chases fusiliers near Malaysia's Lankayan Island, located in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion, in the state of Sabah near Borneo on January 9, 2004.

June 4, 2021

International Law
Illegal Fishing Is a Global Threat. Here’s How to Combat It.

Fishing provides a critical source of food and income for many countries, but much of it occurs unlawfully, harming vulnerable populations and eroding maritime governance.  

South Korean coast guard ships attempt to stop Chinese boats allegedly fishing illegally in the Yellow Sea.

May 25, 2021

International Criminal Court
A Renewed Agenda to Advance US Interests with the International Criminal Court

Almost seven years following the inaugural Arguendo essays, little has changed to alter the three proposals set forth in my own essay of June 3, 2014, which I address shortly.  No doubt the relations…