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March 30, 2021

Japan
Japanese Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage on the Nation’s Agenda

Erin Gallagher is a research associate for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.   On March 17, three couples in Hokkaido won a landmark case in the Sapporo District Court. Thousan…

Plaintiffs' lawyers and supporters show a banner stating the ruling found the government measures unconstitutional, after a district court ruled on the legality of same-sex marriages outside Sapporo District Court

April 12, 2021

Technology and Innovation
Technology and Youth Represent Nigeria’s Path Out of the Woods

The voice of Nigeria’s youth was heard at the EndSars protests and through the emergence of Paystack and Flutterwave, which were a breath of fresh air in an otherwise foul news climate around the cou…

"End Sars" referring to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad police unit, reads on a demonstrator's clothes.

April 12, 2021

Energy and Environment
The ‘30x30’ Campaign to Save the Biosphere

To preserve a stable biosphere, scientists believe humanity must protect 30 percent of the Earth by 2030, and ideally half of the planet by midcentury.

The Amazon rain forest, bordered by deforested land prepared for the planting of soybeans, is pictured in this aerial photo taken over Mato Grosso state in western Brazil on October 4, 2015.

April 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar Moves Toward Civil War, Failed State

In the initial days after the Myanmar armed forces launched a coup on February 1, deposing an elected government, the military may have hoped it would be able to pull off the putsch with minimal bloo…

A fire burns on the street during a protest against the military coup, in Mandalay, Myanmar on April 1, 2021.

April 9, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 9, 2021

Data leak exposes 533 million Facebook users; Belgian authorities decrypt half a billion messages on Sky ECC, confiscate twenty-seven tons of cocaine; Automobile manufacturers call upon U.S. governme…

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo

April 8, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Islamic State and al-Qaeda Linked to African Insurgencies

Violence attributed to Islamist groups has dramatically increased in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade, and continues to infect new venues where it has been absent.

Two soldiers wearing camouflage stand in front of a building, the Kismayo International Airport, with an al Qaeda flag painted on it.

April 6, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Will the JCPOA Negotiations Abandon American Hostages in Iran?

Lifting sanctions without gaining freedom for American hostages--again.

April 7, 2021

China
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Should Be on the World Bank and IMF’s Agenda

The Spring Meetings should address BRI’s pitfalls and advance policies to help put BRI countries on the path toward recovery and sustainable growth.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen ahead of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S. on April 8, 2019.

April 6, 2021

Mozambique
Foreign Involvement Growing in Mozambique Counterinsurgency

Jihadi attacks in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province are accelerating, with heavy fighting breaking out around the town of Palma. In response, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa sent South African troops to evacuate South African nationals.

Soldiers stand in front of a crowd of people awaiting the arrival of a ship carrying people fleeing jihadi violence in northern Mozambique.

April 5, 2021

Global Governance
A Concert of Powers Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come—and Gone

A global concert of major powers has undeniable attraction as a potential deus ex machina in our age of global turbulence. But its elegant simplicity is a mirage.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sit at a table in a hotel conference room, facing Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, and Wang Yi, China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister, with U.S. and Chinese flags in the background, at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.