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September 14, 2020

United Nations General Assembly
Can a Virtual UN General Assembly Deliver on Real World Problems?

Despite limitations, the UN will still sponsor a few notable events and initiatives at this year’s General Assembly, but do not expect any breakthroughs.

President Sauli Niinisto of Finland addresses a room full of attendees during the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 29, 2015.

July 15, 2020

South Korea
Remembering General Paik Sun-yup

Without Paik’s herculean effort, South Korea as we know it today—a vibrant, capitalist, and liberal democracy—wouldn’t exist.

General Paik Sun-yup, 1950

September 21, 2020

United Nations
10 Hard Realities About the UN on Its Troubled 75th Anniversary

Broad-brush critiques of the United Nations often gloss over the distinct institutional components of the UN system and the geopolitical realities it has to work in. 

A United Nations flag is laying on a chair in the corner of a boardroom, with the New York skyline in the window and reflected on the boardroom table in the Secretariat building during the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 25, 2013.

September 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thai Protests Focus More Explicitly on the Monarchy

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. After weeks of reformist protests in Bangkok and other parts of the country, Thailand’s demo…

Pro-democracy protesters display the three-fingered salute while singing the national anthem during a mass rally to call for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy, in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 20, 2020.

September 18, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: How Americans See the World

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats and Republicans see foreign policy very differently.

Mail-in ballots sit in a box before they are verified by election officials in 2016.

September 18, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 18, 2020

TikTok and WeChat drama continues to unfold; DOJ announces indictments against pro-Iran hackers; Facebook and Twitter close accounts linked to conservative youth group disinformation campaign; DOJ ch…

Deputy Attorney General Jeffery A Rosen speaks during a Justice Department's news conference to announce charges in China-related intrusion campaigns.

September 17, 2020

South Africa
Transnational White Supremacist Militancy Thriving in South Africa

As white supremacist militancy has raced across the Western world, it has not spared South Africa from being swept up in the chaos. International white supremacist networks both strengthen and are strengthened by the Afrikaner movement in South Africa.

Three South African men hold flags of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, including a red flag with three black sevens in the middle, and a blue, orange, and white flag pinned to a cross.

September 16, 2020

Currency Reserves
Asian Intervention in the Foreign Exchange Market is Back. Bigly.

Joe Gagnon and Fred Bergsten have called the years from 2003 to 2013 the decade of manipulation, as a host of Asian countries protected their competitive position of their exporters by intervening ma…

Asian Intervention in the Foreign Exchange Market is Back. Bigly.

September 18, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force

September 16, 2020

Coronavirus
Beating COVID-19 in Africa Begins With National Labs

Although testing efforts have detected over 1.3 million cases of COVID-19 across Africa, experts agree that limited testing capacity has masked the full extent of disease spread and hampered control efforts.

A health worker, dressed in white personal protective equipment (PPE), holds up a coronavirus testing kit. The front says "biohazard, peligroso."