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November 16, 2018

Conflict Prevention
People and Politics: Fostering the Art of Conflict Prevention

Researchers and practitioners should pay greater attention to the human beings at the center of conflict politics.

Paris Peace Forum on November 11, 2018.

February 12, 2019

West Africa
Problems in the Sahel Only Growing, Says ACLED

Each year, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) issues Ten Conflicts to Worry About, [PDF] a report flagging serious conflicts that are often underreported. The Sahel was listed as the region “most likely to be the geopolitical dilemma of 2019.” 

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February 11, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Aftermath of Thailand’s Week of Wild Politics

As I summarized in a blog post last week, Thailand has in recent days seen some of its most dramatic political developments in decades. After days of rumors, one of the pro-Thaksin Shinawatra parties…

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February 5, 2019

Afghanistan
Women This Week: Rights at Risk

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, covering January 26 to February 2, was compiled wi…

Afghan women line up at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan October 20, 2018.

January 24, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Codifying #MeToo Into International Law

While #MeToo has developed “household name” familiarity worldwide, far less well known is an effort by the International Labor Organization to create the first legally binding international treaty on…

Hundreds of thousands march during the Women's March in Washington, DC, U.S., January 21, 2017.

January 17, 2019

India
Don't Blame Your Indian Content Moderator

The need to review potentially harmful digital content in real time is greater than ever. Here’s why India’s legions of content moderators are ready for the task.

Employees work on their computer terminals on the floor of an outsourcing centre in Bangalore

January 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
After Democracies Collapse

Since the mid-2000s, democracy has regressed in nearly every part of the world. Global monitoring organization Freedom House (for whom I consult on reports on several Asian states) has recorded decli…

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December 18, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Strategy for Africa

On December 13, Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, delivered the administration’s long-awaited encyclical on Africa before an overflow audience at the Heritage Foundation. In a typically blunt manner, Ambassador Bolton characterized China’s policies toward Africa as rapacious and neo-colonial, expressing concern that China would use its leverage over states heavily indebted to it in return for a monopolistic hold on the continent’s natural resource bounty.

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November 28, 2018

Argentina
The G20 Tango: What to Expect From the Buenos Aires Summit

This week's G20 summit promises to be a dramatic spectacle. The ongoing U.S.-China trade war, a showdown in the Kerch Strait, and an international murder mystery will be among the intrigues. 

Donald J. Trump and Xi Jinping at the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg.

November 20, 2018

Technology and Innovation
Gender Bias Inside the Digital Revolution: Digital Human Rights

During a recent CFR roundtable, Professor Safiya Noble spoke about digital human rights – an issue on which she is advising the United Nations. Dr. Noble explores the biases against women and people …

Young girl checks out an iPhone in November 2018.