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January 22, 2021

Venezuela
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: Economic, Political, and Humanitarian Catastrophe in Venezuela

Paul J. Angelo is a fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In this year’s Preventive Priorities Survey, experts ranked “accelerating economic collapse and political …

A demonstrator covered with a Venezuelan flag gestures in front of security forces during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 10, 2020.

January 19, 2021

China
China’s Growing Trade and Investment in Latin America Outpaces Its Influence in the Region’s Media and Civil Society

The dramatic growth in trade and investment relations between China and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has not yet translated into a significant expansion of Beijing’s influence over the regio…

Members of the Chinese Confucius institute take part in a Lunar New Year celebration in Viña del Mar, Chile on February 3, 2011.

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 12, 2021

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Authoritarianism, Social Media, the United States, and Africa

Twitter and other social media platforms have suspended or restricted President Donald J. Trump's access, mostly because of his and his followers’ use of them to incite violence, though their stated, precise reasons vary from one to another.

A photo illustration shows the suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump on a smartphone at the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C. on January 8, 2021.

January 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
Cambodia Begins Oil Production, But Who Will Benefit?

Late last year, Cambodia finally began oil production, from offshore fields in the Gulf of Thailand. A joint venture between the Cambodian government and Singaporean company KrisEnergy Ltd started pr…

Chairman of the KrisEnergy Group Tan Ek Kia (L) shakes hands with Cambodian Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth during a signing ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on August 23, 2017.

January 6, 2021

Cybersecurity
We Should Have Known SolarWinds Would Be a Target

How to better identify and measure critical infrastructure vulnerabilities.

Optical fibre cables are seen in a telephone exchange.

December 28, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Denmark Strengthens Rape Law

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers December 21 to December 28.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks during a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Mirror Hall in the Prime Minister's Office at Christiansborg, Copenhagen, Denmark October 23, 2020. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS

December 23, 2020

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2021

Millions of people around the world voted in 2020. Taiwanese voters reelected Tsai Ing-wen as president. Burmese voters returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to power. Guineans protested before and after…

Myanmar voter

December 21, 2020

Climate Change
Can We Use Geoengineering to Defend Ourselves?

The world needs to consider geoengineering uses now before we are forced into a hasty decision with potentially disastrous consequences.

Clouds gather but produce no rain as cracks are seen in the dried up municipal dam in drought-stricken Graaff-Reinet, South Africa on November 14, 2019.

December 21, 2020

Energy and Climate Policy
It’s Time for a New Concept of Development Adapted to the Anthropocene

Our economic models have failed to adjust to dire ecological realities, placing humans and the planet on a collision course.

Sun shines through steam rising from chimneys of a power plant in Moscow, Russia on November 13, 2019.