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May 12, 2022

South Korea
China-South Korea Relations Under South Korea’s New Yoon Administration: The Challenge Of Defining ‘Mutual Respect’

The establishment of a stable framework for managing China-South Korea relations under the Yoon Suk-yeol administration will require the two countries to close the gap in understanding of the meaning…

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol shakes hands with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan after his inauguration ceremony at new presidential office in Seoul, South Korea on May 10, 2022.

May 10, 2022

Arctic
How the Russia-Ukraine War Challenges Arctic Governance

The Russian invasion of Ukraine presents the greatest obstacle to Arctic governance since the Cold War. The boycott of the Arctic Council will permanently diminish its scope and leave Arctic security…

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gesture as they arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the Arctic Council Ministerial summit, in Reykjavik, Iceland, on May 19, 2021.

May 4, 2022

Tanzania
A Stronger U.S.-Tanzania Relationship Would Be Mutually Beneficial

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan made the most of her recent trip to the United States, signaling a desire for an improved relationship and deeper bilateral economic ties. Given U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic East Africa, and the worrying trends in the region, her charm offensive should be met with enthusiasm in Washington. The U.S.-Tanzania relationship had been strained for years, first by frustrations with corruption that siphoned off a significant portion of the sizeable foreign assistance investment Washington had made in the country, and then by concern over the autocratic governance style of Hassan’s predecessor, John Magufuli. But since assuming office after the death of Magufuli in March 2021, Hassan has moved cautiously and deliberately to shore up her own position and to change the country’s direction.

Tanzania's President Hassan wearing a head covering speaks at a podium with Vice President Harris to her left.

April 29, 2022

Southeast Asia
What to Watch for at the Upcoming U.S.-ASEAN Summit

The U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit will likely revolve around several key themes.

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn removes his mask before the news conference after the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on February 17, 2022.

April 29, 2022

Japan
Ukraine Response Deepens Japan-Europe Strategic Ties

In the months since Russia invaded Ukraine, Japan has deepened ties with Ukraine and its European neighbors.

Foreign Minister for Japan Yoshimasa Hayashi and Foreign Minister for Norway Anniken Huitfeldt at the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, April 7, 2022

April 29, 2022

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 29, 2022

Musk buys Twitter; EU nears passage of Digital Services Act; Chinese chipmaker may have breached U.S. export controls; North Korea hacks journalists; Biden calls for new internet rules.

Elon Musks gestures in front of a blue curtain.

April 27, 2022

Climate Change
To Reduce Growing Climate Dangers, the World Needs to Consider Sunlight Reflection

Nothing about the present climate crisis or its implications is natural. Perhaps how the world deals with a warming planet shouldn't be either.

The sun reflects off the water in a picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed on July 17, 2014.

April 26, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo
The EAC’s Challenges in Eastern Congo

The East African Community (EAC) wasted no time in wading into the complex and murky security issues bedeviling its newest member, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC, which is also a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), joined the East African block just weeks ago. Already, the EAC has issued a statement endorsing a largely undefined political process to address insecurity in the DRC and sketching out a plan to deploy a regional joint force to confront recalcitrant actors in Congo’s volatile eastern provinces.

Soldiers wearing camouflage and blue helmets are seeing in front of a white tank. In the background, civilians gather in front of a small house.

April 22, 2022

Energy and Climate Policy
How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Will Impact Africa’s Energy Transition

Here are seven ways Russia's invasion of Ukraine could impact Africa’s energy transition.

A child is seen in the foreground of a picture, with smokestacks far off in the distance.

April 21, 2022

Russia
Vietnam Caught Between the U.S. and Russia on Ukraine

Most Southeast Asian states are heavily conflicted about condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, or going farther and joining international sanctions and other similar measures against the Kremli…

Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Vietnam's President Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a meeting in Moscow, Russia November 30, 2021.