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April 22, 2021

Japan
Much Ado About Taiwan

When Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga came to Washington last week to meet with President Joe Biden, there were great expectations that some sort of agreement was to be announced on Taiwan.  Th…

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he holds a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 16, 2021.

April 22, 2021

Chad
The Unfolding Consequences of Idriss Déby's Death

The ripple effects emanating from the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby on April 20 are only beginning to be apparent. Most immediately, the future of Chad has been thrown into question. Déby reportedly died while on the frontlines fighting rebel forces, just days after cementing his continued grip on power through a staged election devoid of both integrity and suspense.

Chad's President Idriss Deby attends a working session of the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania June 30, 2020

April 21, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers discusses the U.S. economic recovery, the Biden administration's stimulus and infrastructure plans, possible inflation risks, and the implications for the global economy. The C…

Play Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers speaking with U.S. flag behind him

April 21, 2021

U.S. Trade Deficit
Tariffs and the Trade Balance: How Trump Validated His Critics

  Before Donald Trump became president in 2017, Americans paid tariffs on just two percent of their imported goods. The average tariff rate was 1.7 percent. In 2018, however, Trump launched…

Tariffs and the Trade Balance: How Trump Validated His Critics

April 21, 2021

Global Governance
The Biden Administration and the Future of Multilateralism

For multilateralism to be credible, the Biden administration will need to reconsolidate a U.S. political consensus on global engagement and persuade foreign partners of America’s global staying power…

U.S. President Joe Biden gives remarks with a mask in his hand, in front of a portrait of a pensive President Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2021.

April 21, 2021

Chad
Deby's Death Heightens Uncertainty in Chad, West Africa

Chad strongman Idriss Deby's death on April 20, allegedly in combat with rebel forces that had crossed over from Libya, is bad news for the immediate struggle against jihadi radicalism in Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon. The news is also unwelcome for France and the United States.

A picture of recently deceased Chadian President Idriss Deby, sitting in front of a soldier wearing military fatigues.

April 20, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian and Western Values Collide

The United Kingdom-based website openDemocracy complained about the homophobic content on T.B. Joshua's YouTube channel. YouTube has now shut down the channel, which claimed over 1.8 million subscribers and 600 million viewers.

A woman cries as Nigerian preacher T.B. Joshua places his hand on her head.

April 19, 2021

Defense and Security
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With Stephen Biddle

Stephen Biddle discusses his new book, Nonstate Warfare, a comprehensive account of combat methods and military rationale which offers a new understanding for wartime military behavior of armed nonst…

Play US soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of US army's 4th Infantry Division salute

April 19, 2021

Americas
Lava Jato: See How Far Brazil’s Corruption Probe Reached

Corruption investigations that started in Brazil ultimately triggered political upheaval across the continent. But the Brazilian taskforce’s methods have been questioned, including over alleged bias…

April 19, 2021

Myanmar
Post-Coup Myanmar Could Become a Failed State

In the days after Myanmar’s military staged a coup on Feb. 1, it likely hoped to consolidate power with minimal bloodshed. Having overthrown the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Tatmad…

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