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January 18, 2021

Transition 2021
Remembering the Best (and Worst) Presidential Inaugural Addresses

In two days, Joe Biden gets to do what only thirty-nine other Americans have ever done: deliver a presidential inaugural address. It is a tough task to do well under any circumstance. It’s even tough…

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January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

January 15, 2021

Democracy
Dear America: The Rest of The World is Watching

On January 6, a large group of rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an attempt to unconstitutionally obstruct the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. The events could prove detrimental for democracy in the developing world.

The Capitol is seen behind a fence and a sign that reads "AREA CLOSED By order of the United States Capitol Police Board,", in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2021.

January 12, 2021

China
2020 in Review: Chinese Companies Suffer as Global Technology Tensions Intensify

2020 was a difficult year for Chinese tech companies. 2021 won't be any easier.

Flags of China and U.S. are seen near a ByteDance logo.

January 8, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: A Divisive and Damaging Presidency Nears Its End

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The mob that stormed the Capitol Building this week highlighted how Donald Trump’s pr…

Pro-Trump protestors line the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building waving flags and hanging Trump 2020 banners.

January 6, 2021

Coronavirus
Vaccine Diplomacy: China and SinoPharm in Africa

On December 3, John Nkengasong, director, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), announced a 60 percent vaccination target—one estimate of the level needed to achieve herd immunity from COVID-19—in Africa’s fifty-four countries.

A presentation of a vaccine under development by SinoPharm, a Chinese company, that is to be used to provide immunity against COVID-19

January 5, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Human Rights Activist Arrested—Again

Omoyele Sowore, human rights activist and former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, was arrested New Year’s Eve following a peaceful protest in the capital, Abuja.

A melee takes place in a Nigerian courtroom in response to the re-arrest of journalist and human rights activist Omoyele Sowore.

January 5, 2021

China
"Road Kill in a Game of Chicken": China, Canada, and the United States

It has been over two years since Chinese officials detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. How the next U.S. administration handles this issue could foreshadow the future of U.S.-Canada…

People hold signs calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, in Vancouver, Canada on March 6, 2019.

January 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Events to Watch: Part 2

The effects of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia’s health, economies, and political systems will not be the only stories to watch in the region in 2021, although they will surely be among the most important…

Vietnam's Industry and Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh (C) signs as Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) witnesses during the signing ceremony of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement during the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 15, 2020.

January 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Events to Watch in 2021: Part 1

The past year was a highly eventful one in Southeast Asia. The region suffered significantly from the global pandemic, and yet it also contained some of the states with the best records on COVID-19 i…

A healthcare worker receives the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in Singapore on December 30, 2020