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October 3, 2019

Elections and Voting
Bill Weld

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

Bill Weld

August 12, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Bill de Blasio, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Height is an advantage in presidential politics. Throughout American history, the taller of the two major party candidates has won the popular vote two-thirds of the time. That’s good news for Bill d…

Bill de Blasio

June 19, 2019

Hong Kong
What Does the Pause of Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill Mean?

The bill’s future remains uncertain, but no amendments can change the ugly reality of shipping anyone off to Beijing’s incommunicado torture chambers, its denial of competent legal defenders, and its…

Dozens of people wear black shirts during a protest against Hong Kong's extradition bill.

October 16, 2019

Haiti
What’s Driving the Protests in Haiti?

Anti-government protests could mean humanitarian crisis in Haiti, a country with a long history of instability.

October 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Origins of African States, and Their Names

An article on the origins of the names of African countries was recently published in Quartz. It includes a map of the continent in 1885, shortly after the Berlin Conference. Portuguese and Arabic traders and explorers are the origins of some names, European mispronunciation of tribal names are the origins of others.

A bird flies in front of Mount Kenya on the horizon in Laikipia national park, Kenya.

October 9, 2019

Taiwan
$130+ Billion in Undisclosed Foreign Exchange Intervention by Taiwan's Central Bank

Based on the profits and losses disclosed by Taiwan’s central bank, it appears that its true FX exposures exceed its disclosed foreign exchange reserves by USD 130bn, and perhaps by as much as USD 20…

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October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

October 8, 2019

Taiwan
Could Taiwan’s Commercial Banks Cover the Lifers' Hedging Need? (Part 4)

Who is on the other side of the massive ($250 billion) hedging need of Taiwan's life insurance industry? The local banking system covers at most a quarter of the life insurers hedging need, and forei…

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October 4, 2019

Elections and Voting
Women This Week: Colombian Candidate Killed

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 September 24 to October 1, was compiled b…

A pro-choice demonstrator rises her fist during a session of the local congress as lawmakers are due to vote on legislation that decriminalized abortion in Oaxaca, Mexico September 25, 2019.

October 4, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 4, 2019

Lawmakers propose $1 billion to replace Huawei equipment in rural networks; Singapore launches ASEAN cybersecurity research center; governments hold social media platforms accountable for content; DO…

A 3D printed Facebook logo is placed on broken glass above a printed EU flag in this illustration taken.