Regional studies

The ‘New’ Africa-France Summit Is More Form Than Substance

For the first time since the inaugural event in 1973, the Franco-Africa Summit—rebranded as the New Africa-France Summit, or as some referred…

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Saudi Arabia ‘serious’ about talks with Iran

Kingdom says it is considering reopening Jeddah consulate as it tries to keep talks with regional foe alive

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‘Squid Game’ Hides a Hopeful Message Within a Dystopian Nightmare

Netflix’s new Korean horror drama suggests there’s more to life than the brutal realities of neoliberal capitalism.

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Uganda’s Illegal Gold Market Is Bustling

KAMPALA, Uganda—Cars and motorcycle taxis rocket over the uneven pavement, while church sermons blare from loudspeakers. Vendors hawk bananas, cakes…

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Why China Is Alienating the World

Its economy was beating estimates. President Xi Jinping was implementing the country’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative and was on…

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Taiwan and the Fight for Democracy

The story of Taiwan is one of resilience—of a country upholding democratic, progressive values while facing a constant challenge to…

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Africa’s Pandora Papers Revelations Are About More Than ‘Legality’

Nearly 50 politicians and public officials from 18 African countries have connections to secretive offshore financial structures and trusts in…

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Is Defending Taiwan Worth the Risk?

Hey, Matt! Fall is finally here in D.C.: The leaves are falling, the temperature is pleasant, traffic is reliably terrible,…

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The View From Iran: What the Raisi Administration Wants in the Nuclear Talks

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not be the Ministry of JCPOA during my term in office,” Iranian Foreign Minister…

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