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November 27, 2017

Development
How “Cyber” Sidelined “Development” at the ITU’s World Telecommunication Development Conference

Cybersecurity has made the World Telecommunication Development Conference another political battleground for digital policy, threatening to sideline the very real problems that developing countries n…

The International Telecommunication Union's World Telecommunication Development Conference

March 29, 2021

China
China's Huawei Is Winning the 5G Race. Here's What the United States Should Do To Respond

China is successfully using the Belt and Road Initiative to promote the adoption of Huawei 5G, while the United States is looking to reverse these gains.

A Huawei logo and a 5G sign are pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai.

August 10, 2021

Global Governance
The G7’s B3W Infrastructure Plan Can’t Compete with China. That’s Not the Point.

Regardless of its strategic intent, the Build Back Better World initiative could be a huge win for global welfare, sustainable development, and multilateralism.

An SGR passenger train travels past the town of Sultan Hamud, Kenya, in front of a blue sky with clouds on February 13, 2019.

July 22, 2021

Ethiopia
Risks Grow as Tigray Conflict Enters New Phase

When Ethiopian federal forces declared a unilateral ceasefire at the end of June and Tigrayan fighters retook control of the regional capital, Mekelle, it did not signal the end of the crisis, but rather a pivot to a new phase.

Two soldiers stand on a bridge with assault rifles. Their reflections can be seen in water in front of them.

August 4, 2021

Infrastructure
The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, debate continues over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major …

Phase II construction on Metro’s Silver Line at Dulles International Airport continues.

April 1, 2021

Competitiveness
Competing with China: Lessons From the Belt and Road

To compete with China's Belt and Road, the U.S. should focus on R&D, immigration, technology, and trade.

Production operator Sammy Blanco monitors multi colored lights atop automated machines at the SolarWorld solar panel factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.

May 4, 2021

Infrastructure
A U.S. Broadband Build-Out Should Require Open Access

To avoid falling behind the rest of the world on internet speed and access, the United States should rapidly deploy fiber-optic internet nationwide with a policy of "open access." 

President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan during an event in Pittsburgh, on March 31, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

August 27, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 27, 2020

TikTok sues U.S. government; New Zealand stock exchange disrupted by cyberattacks since Tuesday; India to phase out Chinese equipment from telecommunications networks; and Federal agencies release ad…

A man holding a phone walks past a sign of Chinese company ByteDance's app TikTok.

July 13, 2021

Cuba
U.S.-Cuba Relations

Communist Cuba has long been a major foreign policy challenge for the United States. The bilateral relationship thawed considerably under President Obama, but many restrictions were reimposed by the …

A man shows U.S. and Cuban flags at his house in Havana.

August 6, 2020

China
Huawei: China’s Controversial Tech Giant

The Chinese telecommunications company faces accusations that Beijing could use its 5G infrastructure for espionage. The outcome of the struggle could shape the world’s tech landscape for years to co…

A woman in business clothing walks in front of a large screen that displays the red Huawei logo.