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Departures Podcast with Matthew Kroenig

The United States has enjoyed a position of relative primacy in the international system since the end of World War II, but are those days numbered as China and other powers continue to rise? Or does Washington still have a few more decades left in the tank? Matthew Kroenig, a political scientist and the Deputy […]

From Libya to Syria, French-Turkish Interests Collide

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Friday that Turkey is still waiting for an apology from France over a naval standoff last month in the Mediterranean Sea. To recap, an incident happened between the navy forces of Turkey and France, two NATO allies, in the Mediterranean on June 10. Paris accused a Turkish navy of […]

Departures Interview with Mira Rapp-Hooper

The United States has risen to its position of primacy thanks to a carefully constructed system of alliances with numerous other countries. That system, however, has suffered significant damage in recent years, is under increasing attack both at home and abroad, and desperately needs rebuilding, argues Mira Rapp-Hooper, a Senior Fellow at the Council on […]

Departures Podcast with Jonathan Kaufman

For 175 years, well before the young Mao Zedong began his Long March, two rival Jewish dynasties dominated Chinese business and politics, accumulating massive wealth and power while navigating the tumultuous history of the period before losing nearly everything once the Communists swept into power. Jonathan Kaufman, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and the author of […]

Departures Podcast with Jean-Pierre Cabestan

Earlier this month marked the 31st anniversary of Tiannanmen Square, while during this same period, the same Chinese Communist Party solidified its grip on Hong Kong with the passage of a new national security law that would subject Hong Kongers to extradition and Chinese legal jurisdiction. These events are just examples of the extreme lengths […]

With World’s Attention on Pandemic, India Tightens Grip on Jammu and Kashmir

Last week, New Delhi announced another controversial law which prescribes the procedure for issuance of a domicile certificate, which is a mandatory requirement for seeking jobs in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK). The new residency rules of ‘Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure), 2020’ allows those who have lived in IOJK for 15 […]

Still Waiting for Justice 10 Years after the Bangkok Massacre

Ten years ago the Thai military murdered almost 100 people. Still today, we continue waiting for justice.

China, Russia, and the Flow of Information: A Bit of China Envy?

On May 11, the Financial Times published a report alleging that Russia’s coronavirus deaths are understated by as much as 70 percent after investigating the statistics in Moscow and St Petersburg. The New York Times published a similar story the same day, and the fiercely independent Latvia-based Russian-language outlet Meduza followed up on May 14 […]

China’s COVID-19 Offensive: Convincing the World?

As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, China has gone on a global information offensive. But is it working?

Why the Pandemic Increases Risk of US-China Conflict

Americans across the political spectrum are responding positively to Trump’s attacks on China. Here’s why that’s a problem.