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July 1, 2020

Political History and Theory
Living in History

Whether you think we are making history or repeating it, it’s safe to say we are living in a historic time. In this episode, Why It Matters asks three historians to weigh in on how to use the past to…

Podcast Hong Kong protester reads book while sitting

April 21, 2020

Nigeria
Presidential Gatekeeper and Confidant, Abba Kyari, Dies From COVID-19

On April 18, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that his chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died from COVID-19 on the previous day. This is a tragedy for Nigeria and for the administration of President Bu…

Men wearing protective gear carry the coffin of the Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died on Friday after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Nigeria April 18, 2020.

July 3, 2020

Politics and Government
Five Movie Biographies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about people who changed the course of world history.

Five Movie Biographies Worth Watching

July 3, 2020

United States
Fourth of July Trivia Quiz

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July—TWE’s favorite holiday. To mark the occasion, here is the annual TWE Fourth of July trivia quiz. There are thirteen questions in honor of the thirteen colonies that thr…

Fireworks

July 2, 2020

Belgium
Belgium Begins to Confront Its Brutal Colonial Past in Congo

Following anti-racism protests in Belgium, King Philippe, in a letter to Felix Tshisekedi, president of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), expressed his "regret" over his country’s exploitation of DRC.

Belgian King Philippe sits at a dark wooden table in a black suit, black tie, and white shirt. His hands are folded and his face is somber, with his silver-white hair combed down. To the left is a Belgian flag on a vertical flag pole; to the right are two family framed pictures sitting on a low bookcase.

July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Will COVID-19 Make This Year’s Election Different for Singapore’s Ruling Party?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared in a televised address last week that Singapore would hold its next general election on July 10. Lee and other members of the long-ruling People’s Action Party…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

June 30, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

July 1, 2020

Trade
NAFTA and the USMCA: Weighing the Impact of North American Trade

President Trump reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  

Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States.

July 1, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
What Is the Ebola Virus?

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

June 30, 2020

China
As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development

Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, where he studies African political economy with an emph…

President Xi Jinping of China claps and smiles in a dark gray suit with a maroon tie and white shirt. Behind him are national flags on vertical flag polls. The Chinese flag is front and center. It is flanked by the flags of South Africa and Botswana to the left, and of Algeria, Benin, and Burkina Faso to the right.