Prachi Vidwans Thursday, July 2, 2020
Q&AThe new head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media is coming under scrutiny for purging the directors and advisory boards of several U.S. government-funded media outlets, including Voice of America. On the Trend Lines podcast this week, WPR’s Elliot Waldman discussed these worries with David Ensor.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
China NoteAmid all the focus this week on Hong Kong, where Beijing’s plan to clamp down on political dissent came to fruition when controversial national security legislation went into effect Tuesday night, there were more troubling developments about China’s human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Africa WatchMalawi’s opposition alliance is claiming victory for its candidate in the country’s unprecedented rerun of last year’s presidential election. If confirmed, Lazarus Chakwera’s win would mark the first time in sub-Saharan Africa that an opposition party has democratically taken power after an overturned election.
Andrew Green Friday, June 26, 2020
Q&AWith the pandemic showing no sign of relenting, experts are warning that the psychological trauma associated with the virus could cause a spike in mental health problems. For this week’s interview on the Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s Elliot Waldman talked about the mental health impacts of COVID-19 with Susan Borja.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
China NoteVideo-conferencing company Zoom recently admitted it crossed a line by temporarily closing the account of a group of U.S.-based Chinese activists. But Zoom’s solution—that Chinese censorship requests will no longer affect users outside mainland China—creates other problems for American higher education.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Africa WatchKenya won a surprisingly contentious race for a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council after defeating Djibouti in a runoff. Djibouti’s loss was also an unlikely blow to China, which appeared to have encouraged Djibouti’s unprecedented candidacy in order to increase its influence on the Security Council.
Andrew Green Friday, June 19, 2020
Elliot Waldman Friday, June 19, 2020
Q&AThe political scientist Mira Rapp-Hooper has written a new book that probes the history of the modern U.S. alliance system and asks if alliances further American security interests. She joined WPR’s Trend Lines podcast this week to explain why she believes that America’s alliances have proven their value.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
China NoteIn a dramatic escalation, a deadly clash Monday along India and China’s disputed border in the Himalayas left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. Both countries appear to want to avoid a war like the one they fought near this remote frontier in 1962, but tensions may not dissipate so easily.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Africa WatchBurundi’s outgoing president, Pierre Nkurunziza died suddenly this week of an apparent heart attack, but there is speculation he may have died of complications from COVID-19. His death has officials scrambling to head off a succession crisis ahead of the August inauguration of his hand-picked successor.
Andrew Green Friday, June 12, 2020