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October 28, 2020

Southeast Asia
The Thai King Sends Messages Presaging Conflict in Thailand

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Three months have passed and the protests in Thailand have intensified. One of the main mess…

People show the three-fingered salute during a protest, in Bangkok, Thailand on October 26, 2020.

October 26, 2020

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s National Elections: What to Expect

Myanmar is set to hold general elections next month, for the second time since the end of military rule in 2011. The last election, in 2015, ushered Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (…

Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after paying her respects to her late father during a ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of Martyrs' Day in Yangon on July 19, 2020.

October 26, 2020

Nigeria
Will the Lekki Toll Gate Atrocity Change Nigeria?

Nigeria’s governance system is oppressive, though it lacks an evocative name like apartheid. The tragic episodes of brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), while dismaying, are not new occurrences.

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS and #EndSWAT.

October 24, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Beijing +25: Delivering on the Promise of 1995 for Adolescent Girls

Decades on, it has never been more important to fulfill the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and invest in the wellbeing and safety of adolescent girls. 

A Palestinian girl looks out of her family home as she watches members of Hamas security forces participating in a simulation exercise for preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Gaza City July 18, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

October 23, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Biden and Trump Debate Foreign Policy, Kinda

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy was a topic at the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. 

Joe Biden and Donald Trump gesture at each other from behind their podiums while Kristen Welker is seated between them on the debate stage.

October 22, 2020

Tanzania
Magufuli is Transforming Tanzania's Ruling Party From a “Benign Hegemon” Into a Malevolent One

​On October 28th, Tanzania will choose a president and members of the country’s National Assembly. This year, few observers expect a fair vote, given incumbent President John Magufuli and his government’s weaponization of the law.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli walks down a red carpet while observing a guard of honor in Nairobi, Kenya. The soldiers are wearing dark blue uniforms; some soldiers are holding swords raised.

October 21, 2020

Emerging Economies
Transsion: a Chinese Prodigy in Africa?

The Chinese company has dominated mobile phone markets in Africa, though not without courting controversy.

A man looks at smartphones on display at a shop.

October 21, 2020

Human Trafficking
Revitalizing Human Trafficking Policy Twenty Years In

This blog post was authored by Olivia Enos, senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation, and Mark P. Lagon, chief policy officer of Friends of the Global Fight Agains…

Protesters march in a "Walk to Freedom" to demonstrate against human trafficking in Berlin.

October 21, 2020

Sudan
Removing Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List

This week, President Trump made the long-anticipated announcement that the United States is prepared to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST). Sudan has been on the list of …

Sudanese chant slogans outside a court during a new trial against ousted President Omar al-Bashir and some of his former allies over the military coup that brought the autocrat to power in 1989, outside a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan. September 15, 2020

October 21, 2020

Election 2020
TWE Remembers: Seven Memorable Presidential Debate Moments

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are set to debate tomorrow night in Nashville. Belmont University is hosting the event, and NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker wil…

Clinton Trump debate