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December 16, 2019

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Stories to Watch in 2020: Part 1

1. Continuing Political Regression In recent weeks, Southeast Asia’s authoritarian drift has continued, with several notable events. The Thai government moved to ban the opposition Future Forward …

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks on the second day of hearings in a case filed against Myanmar alleging genocide against the Muslim Rohingya population, at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands on December 11, 2019.

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus
After the Pandemic: Can the United States Finally Retool for the Twenty-First Century?

Over the more than half a century since the United States embraced its integration into the global economy, it has produced both the strongest and the weakest of the advanced economies. The streng…

New York Police Officer Times Square Coronavirus

March 26, 2020

United States
Why the Fed’s Bazooka Will Not Stop a Wave of Corporate Defaults

  Acknowledging the enormous threat to jobs and incomes posed by the coronavirus epidemic, the Federal Reserve on March 23 pledged to use “its full range of authorities to provide powerful sup…

Why the Fed’s Bazooka Will Not Stop a Wave of Corporate Defaults

March 26, 2020

Coronavirus
Quarantined: Federalism in Action at Home and Abroad

The rapid spread of the coronavirus in the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a new reality for most—if not all—Americans, as a growing number of U.S. states have imposed a variety of stay-at-home direct…

Woman in Italy wearing protective mask during coronavirus

March 25, 2020

Brazil
Brazil-EU Cyber Cooperation: Swinging Bridges on the Road to Stability in Cyberspace

The February 20 Brazil-EU Cyber Dialogue signaled the most recent step taken by Brasília and Brussels to collaborate on advancing responsible state behavior in cyberspace. While there have sometimes …

France's President Emmanuel Macron, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri during a news conference.

March 25, 2020

Nigeria
Women, Boko Haram, and Suicide Bombings

As the military dislodged Boko Haram in 2015 from the territory it had captured and occupied earlier, victims of suicide bombers grew as a proportion of those the group killed through August 2018. Between June 2014, when Boko Haram reportedly deployed its first female suicide bomber, and February 2018, about 468 women and girls have been deployed or arrested in 240 suicide attacks, killing roughly 1,200 and injuring some 3,000.

Women, wrapped in red, organge, and blue cloth, carry green parcels on their head and walk past armed soldiers in military fatigues on a bridge separating Cameroon and Nigeria, in Gamboru Ngala, Borno, Nigeria.

March 13, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Campaigning in the Era of the Coronavirus

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus dominates the conversation, Senator Sanders defends a sister-city program, and exp…

Former Vice President Joe Biden stands behind a podium and in front of American flags while he speaks on the coronavirus pandemic in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 12.

March 12, 2020

China
China’s State Media Outlets: The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a Threat Are They?

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken increasingly tough measures against Chinese state media outlets operating in the United States. The White House has forced state broadcasters like …

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to China's Vice Premier Liu He as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on January 31, 2019.

February 28, 2020

West Africa
As Militaries Struggle in the Sahel, Jihadis Cooperate

According to The Washington Post, jihadi groups with ties to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) are working together to gain control of a large part of the Sahel, the border region between the Sahara and the better-watered pasture and agricultural lands to the south. The story’s sources are identified as U.S. and local officials on the ground. “What we’ve seen is not just random acts of violence under a terrorist banner,” says Brigadier General Dagvin Anderson, head of U.S. Special Operations in Africa. “But a deliberate campaign that is trying to bring these various groups under a common cause.

Armed Burkinabe soldiers ride in a truck, facing to the left and the right, as it drives down a dirt road during a patrol in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso.

February 27, 2020

Elections and Voting
Mobilizing the National Guard to Secure U.S. Elections

States are increasingly relying on the National Guard to provide cybersecurity in elections. As the 2020 election approaches, they will need to decide how to best fund and deploy their forces to prot…

Members of the Arizona National Guard.