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November 3, 2020

Election 2020
Middle Eastern Leaders Are Getting While the Getting’s Good

Sensing Trump is on the way out, Israel, the UAE, and Turkey are trying to squeeze as much out of the United States as they can now.

November 25, 2020

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico: A U.S. Territory in Crisis

The Caribbean island, which shares a close yet fraught relationship with the rest of the United States, faces a multilayered economic and social crisis, rooted in long-standing policy and compounded …

A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Puerto Rico.

November 24, 2020

Southeast Asia
COVID-19 Sparks Democratic Regression in South and Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asia have demonstrated mixed results in combating the coronavirus pandemic, yet COVID-19 has been a political boon for illiberal leaders in the region. In fact, South and Southeas…

U.S. President Donald Trump observes as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the "Namaste Trump" event at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, in Ahmedabad, India, on February 24, 2020.

November 24, 2020

Southeast Asia
What Is ASEAN?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional organization that brings together disparate neighbors to address economic, security, and political issues, but the group’s impact remains limited.

A woman sits in front of flags of ASEAN members in Bali, Indonesia, November 16, 2011.

November 23, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Do Germans Believe America Is Back?

President-Elect Joe Biden has his work cut out for himself in his effort to restore allies’ trust in U.S. foreign policy.

Joe Biden walks beside Angela Merkel in front of U.S. and German flags.

November 23, 2020

Human Rights
Making America Decent Again: Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy

The United States can only promote human rights abroad if it begins from a position of humility, acknowledging that the struggle to make America a more perfect union is ongoing.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump reaches his hand out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while sitting down in front of several United States and North Korean flags at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas,

November 23, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
What Is the World Doing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The search to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus is well underway. Governments and researchers are aiming to provide billions of people with immunity in eighteen months or less, which would be un…

An engineer shows an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing.

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 20, 2020

Mali
Mali's Amadou Touré and the Conundrum of African Leadership

Amadou Touré, coup maker, coup victim, military ruler, and eventually civilian chief of state in Mali, died last week in Istanbul at the age of seventy-two.

A picture of now-deceased Malian President Amadou Toure speaking at an event in the presidential palace in Mali.

November 19, 2020

Southeast Asia
Crackdown Looming for Thai Protests

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Thais woke up on Thursday to breaking news: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had issued a st…

Demonstrators are seen as water cannons are being used during an anti-government protest as lawmakers debate on constitution change, outside the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 17, 2020.