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February 25, 2021

Argentina
Argentina’s Latest Anti-Speech Scandal: Free Press on the Rocks?

Already the most dangerous region in the world for journalists, press freedom in Latin America is under attack. A recent case in Argentina underscores the pressures journalists face in speaking truth…

Mauricio Macri gives comment to dozens of reports surrounding him in a semicircle.

February 19, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women this Week: First Woman Leader of the WTO

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 covers February 12 to February 19.   

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sits down for an interview with Reuters.

February 18, 2021

Asia
Why a Cross-Strait Crisis Will Be Averted in 2021

Many prominent analysts believe that a crisis over Taiwan is brewing and that the chances of a war between China and Taiwan, which has the potential to involve the United States, over the next year i…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen oversees a military emergency drill in Tainan, Taiwan, on January 15, 2021.

February 18, 2021

News Release
CFR Launches Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation Project on the Future of Democracy

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) announces the launch of a project on the future of democracy, funded by a generous grant from the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation, that will identify threats …

February 17, 2021

International Organizations
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A Well-Qualified New Leader for the WTO

Organization (WTO), the trade body’s top leadership position, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quickly became the universal favorite to land the top job—except for among members of the Trump administration.

A picture of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the incoming head of the WTO. She is wearing traditional dress of the Igbo ethnic group from present-day Nigeria.

February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
The Regional Implications of Myanmar’s Coup

The coup in Myanmar in early February, the country’s first in more than three decades, has reshaped Myanmar’s political landscape. The country had been on a shaky path toward some kind of democracy, …

Myanmar Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing salutes as he attends an event marking the anniversary of Martyrs' Day at the Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon on July 19, 2016.

February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
After Trump: Lessons From Other Post-Populist Democracies

Over the past decade, illiberal populist leaders from across the political spectrum have won elections and taken power in many of the world’s biggest democracies, from the United States to India, the…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a 7.62mm sniper rifle during the turnover ceremony of China's urgent military assistance given "gratis" to the Philippines, at Clark Air Base, near Angeles City, Philippines, on June 28, 2017.

February 25, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Saudi Arabia Gets Away With Murder

Investors flocking to Riyadh’s “Davos in the Desert” prove that nobody knows what accountability for Mohammed bin Salman would even mean.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured with two other Saudi officials seated behind him

February 11, 2021

Afghanistan
Two Cheers for Jen Psaki

As a Republican, I find myself disagreeing with very many statements made by the new White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki.  Why then two cheers?  She speaks English properly.  That may not se…

February 10, 2021

Infectious Diseases
Ebola Resurfaces in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Three months after health authorities from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the country had brought to an end its eleventh outbreak of Ebola, the disease has killed the wife of a survivor in a hospital in Butembo, a large city.

Two men and one woman are seen wearing blue scrubs at an Ebola treatment center. The woman is holding a baby.