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October 14, 2021

Philippines
Will Duterte Serve Another Term?

Duterte, or his successor, will likely continue the Philippines' democratic regression.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his 6th State of the Nation Address (SONA), at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on July 26, 2021.

October 13, 2021

Latin America
EU's Top Diplomat Ignores His Staff and Insists on Observing Venezuela's Elections

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Borrell will send an election observer mission to Venezuela despite his own staff's scathing report on conditions there and advice not do observe the phony e…

October 13, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 2–8

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 2 to October 8, 2021.

October 13, 2021

Southeast Asia
China’s Approach to Development in Africa: A Case Study of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

A closer look at Chinese Belt and Road development in East Africa.

The Kenyan (black, red, and green) and Chinese (red and yellow) national flags hang on the wall of an SGR train traveling from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya, on October 22, 2019.

October 7, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
CFR Roundtable Speaker Wins 2021 MacArthur “Genius” Award

Dr. Safiya Noble, who spoke at a CFR roundtable in 2018, was announced as a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

An image of Safiya Noble

October 6, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
UN Representation in an Era of Revitalized Multilateralism

Competing UN credential submissions are not unprecedented. Many of the pressures and challenges of the modern era, however, are.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the seventy-sixth session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021.

October 5, 2021

Japan
The Road Ahead for Japan’s New Prime Minister

Fumio Kishida won his party’s leadership election and yesterday Japan’s parliament voted him in as prime minister of Japan. 

Fumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, October 4, 2021

October 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Why Has East Timor Built the Strongest Democracy in Southeast Asia?

Despite economic struggles, East Timor has built a vibrant democracy in Southeast Asia.

Supporters of the FRETILIN political party fly red, yellow, and black flags ahead of parliamentary elections in Tasi Tolu, Dili, in East Timor.

October 4, 2021

China
Making Sense of China’s Pledge to Stop Building Coal-Fired Power Plants Abroad

China's decision to stop funding coal plants abroad is an important step, but real progress will require phasing out coal at home.

A coal-burning power plant can be seen behind a factory in the city of Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region October 31, 2010.

October 1, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Investigation Reveals WHO Staff Committed Sexual Abuse During 2018-2020 Ebola Mission

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 25 to October 1.

WHO Director speaks at a meeting alongside the opening of the 2021 World Health Assembly at WHO headquarters in Geneva.