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October 14, 2021

Philippines
Will Duterte Serve Another Term?

Duterte, or his successor, will likely continue the Philippines' democratic regression.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his 6th State of the Nation Address (SONA), at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on July 26, 2021.

October 12, 2021

Eswatini
Swazi Students Resist Monarchy to Continue the Fight for Democracy

The people of eSwatini have not stopped trying to chart a different course for their future. In particular, students around the country, at the university and high-school levels, have been organizing walkouts and continuing to call for a transition to democratic governance.

A close-up picture of King Mswati III of the Kingdom of eSwatini.

October 13, 2021

United States
Happy 246th Birthday to the US Navy!

The U.S. Navy marks 246 years of service.

Navy

October 8, 2021

Indonesia
Jokowi and the Missed Promises: Part 1

Joko Widodo has failed to fulfill his potential as Indonesia's leader.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, wearing traditional Baduy outfit and a protective mask, stands before delivering his State of the Nation Address ahead of the country's Independence Day,

October 6, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
UN Representation in an Era of Revitalized Multilateralism

Competing UN credential submissions are not unprecedented. Many of the pressures and challenges of the modern era, however, are.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the seventy-sixth session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021.

October 5, 2021

Japan
The Road Ahead for Japan’s New Prime Minister

Fumio Kishida won his party’s leadership election and yesterday Japan’s parliament voted him in as prime minister of Japan. 

Fumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, October 4, 2021

October 5, 2021

Australia
More Than Submarines: Implications of AUKUS in the Air Domain

The benefits of AUKUS for Indo-Pacific competition transcend nuclear submarines.

Australian Minister of Defense stands at podium at U.S. State Department delivering remarks. Several other political leaders stand at similar podiums in the background.

October 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Why Has East Timor Built the Strongest Democracy in Southeast Asia?

Despite economic struggles, East Timor has built a vibrant democracy in Southeast Asia.

Supporters of the FRETILIN political party fly red, yellow, and black flags ahead of parliamentary elections in Tasi Tolu, Dili, in East Timor.

October 4, 2021

China
Making Sense of China’s Pledge to Stop Building Coal-Fired Power Plants Abroad

China's decision to stop funding coal plants abroad is an important step, but real progress will require phasing out coal at home.

A coal-burning power plant can be seen behind a factory in the city of Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region October 31, 2010.

September 27, 2021

Sudan
Thwarted Coup Signals Dangerous Times for Sudan’s Transition

On September 21, Sudanese authorities announced that they had thwarted an attempted coup. Civilian leaders assert that the incident is just another example of the urgent need for security-sector reform; meanwhile, military leaders have suggested that civilian mismanagement of the economy provides fertile ground for attempts to overthrow the government.

Protesters raise their arms while standing next to a truck with armed men standing in the bed of the truck.