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June 15, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Can Democracy Help Solve The Problem of Gaza?

What would happen if Palestinian politics were revived?

June 11, 2021

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
TWE Remembers: The Pentagon Papers

Sunday is the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers. My colleague Margaret Gach, a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relati…

A stack of boxes containing volumes of the Pentagon Papers sit in front of a portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson.

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 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
Of Questionable Connectivity: China’s BRI and Thai Civil Society

Benjamin Zawacki is a senior program specialist with the Asia Foundation’s office in Thailand, focused on regional security and cooperation, and the author of Thailand: Shifting Ground between the US…

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (C) and Wang Xiaotao (C-L), a representative of the Chinese government, take part during the groundbreaking ceremony of the cooperation between Thailand and China on the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail development in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand on December 21, 2017.

June 7, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Biden Seeks to Revive U.S.-Europe Relations

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.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stands in front of a European Council symbol, making a joint statement with European Council President Donald Tusk ahead of a meeting at EU Council headquarters in Brussels on February 6, 2015.

June 3, 2021

Global Governance
The Four Contending Approaches to Multilateralism Under Biden

The debate between going it alone versus working with others has ended. The debate over alternative forms of multilateralism has just begun.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2021.

June 3, 2021

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Africa at the Center of Twenty-First-Century Demographic Shift

Nowhere is the African demographic boom more obvious than in Nigeria, where the current population of 219 million, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) World Factbook most recent estimate, is projected to increase to around 400 million by 2050, at which point it will likely displace the United States as the third largest country in the world by population. By the end of the century, some credibly project that Nigeria’s population will be greater than China's, where the birth-rate fall has been especially dramatic, leaving it second to only India in populational globally.

A man and his two children sit and speak to a woman wearing a bright orange vest and holding a smartphone who is working as an enumerator for the Kenyan Census.

June 3, 2021

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian States Face a Second COVID Wave

Countries across Southeast Asia are facing a devastating new spike in COVID cases.

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample from a man in Bangkok on May 4, 2021.

June 2, 2021

Myanmar
Resistance Amid Digital Totalitarianism: The Case of Myanmar

As the military junta continues to suppress internet access across the country, the people of Myanmar are discovering new techniques of digital resistance.

People flash a three-finger salute as they take part in an anti-coup night protest at Hledan junction in Yangon, Myanmar, March 14, 2021.

May 28, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. Push for a Global Clean Energy Transition Can Start in Africa

The new US Climate Finance Plan aims to double contributions to climate funding for developing countries. A renewed emphasis on emerging economies is good news for the climate -- but in presenting support as “protecting the world’s poorest” and helping “communities in need,” the Plan reflects old thinking. 

Kenya's Energy Minister Charles Keter addresses engineers at the power substation of the Lake Turkana Wind Power project (LTWP) in Loiyangalani district, Marsabit County, northern Kenya, September 4, 2018.