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February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
After Trump: Lessons From Other Post-Populist Democracies

Over the past decade, illiberal populist leaders from across the political spectrum have won elections and taken power in many of the world’s biggest democracies, from the United States to India, the…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a 7.62mm sniper rifle during the turnover ceremony of China's urgent military assistance given "gratis" to the Philippines, at Clark Air Base, near Angeles City, Philippines, on June 28, 2017.

September 25, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Iran?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Iran.

The Iranian flag being removed from a stage during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015.

September 18, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Women Demand Justice in Mexico

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 September 10 to September 18.

Women protest gender-based violence in Mexico

April 14, 2020

Southeast Asia
Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s Response

Duterte, like other illiberal populists, has fumbled his initial handling of the pandemic. The fallout could damage his popularity and legacy.

Passengers wear protective masks while waiting at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on March 13, 2020, following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of a local travel ban in the Philippine capital

March 25, 2020

Egypt
Sisi and Erdogan Are Accomplices of the Coronavirus

By killing the Middle East’s sense of community, the region’s dictators have helped the pandemic on its death march.

A worker in a hazmat suit sprays disinfectant in Turkey's Grand Bazaar. Turkish flags hang across the image foreground.

March 23, 2021

China
Report Launch of CFR Independent Task Force on a U.S. Response to China's Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy endeavor, has the potential to meet developing countries’ needs and spur economic growth, but the reality i…

Play Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony for the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China April 26, 2019.

February 2, 2021

Philippines
Guest Event: Screening and Discussion of "A Thousand Cuts"

Panelists discuss the regression of democracy and rights in Southeast Asia, with a particular look at the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte. A Thousand Cuts follows renowned journalist Mari…

Play Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte

July 3, 2019

Iran
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Ever-Complex Geopolitics of Oil

In a sign that anxiety about oil security of supply isn’t what it used to be, the Group of Twenty (G20) meeting broke up this week with no big joint statements regarding how to protect the freedom of…

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh reacts towards journalists as he arrives for an OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 2, 2019.

November 12, 2020

Cybersecurity
TikTok on the Clock: Data, Deals, and National Security

As the deadline approaches for Beijing-based social media platform TikTok to finalize a deal allowing its U.S. operations to continue, panelists discuss the rise of TikTok and other foreign-owned mob…

Play People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak use smartphones next to an advertisement of TikTok.

September 25, 2020

China
Religion in China

As more people in China practice religion, the government continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to co-opt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

People kneel and pray in a mosque in Shanghai, China.