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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 12, 2021

Eswatini
Swazi Students Resist Monarchy to Continue the Fight for Democracy

The people of eSwatini have not stopped trying to chart a different course for their future. In particular, students around the country, at the university and high-school levels, have been organizing walkouts and continuing to call for a transition to democratic governance.

A close-up picture of King Mswati III of the Kingdom of eSwatini.

October 13, 2021

United States
Happy 246th Birthday to the US Navy!

The U.S. Navy marks 246 years of service.

Navy

October 8, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Texas Abortion Law Temporarily Blocked

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 October 2 to October 8. 

People protest the restrictive Texas abortion law in New York City during the 2021 Women's March.

October 6, 2021

Myanmar
Can the Myanmar Opposition Really Create a Viable Government — and a Formidable Army?

Will the parallel National Unity Government achieve a brighter future for Myanmar?

A group of women hold torches as they protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on July 14, 2021

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

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 25–October 1

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 25 to October 1, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

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.