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China’s expanding influence at the United Nations — and how the United States should react

Jeffrey Feltman – Brookings China’s growing influence inside the United Nations is inevitable, stemming from President Xi Jinping’s more assertive foreign policy and the fact that China’s assessed contributions to the world body are now second only to those of the United States. Traditionally focused on the U.N.’s development activities, China now flexes its muscles…

There are no winners in US-China technology divide

Jonathan D. Pollack – Brookings TikTok and WeChat, two hugely successful Chinese social media applications that have gained global popularity, abruptly find their access to the U.S. consumer market at risk. In August, President Donald Trump ordered TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to sell its product to a U.S. company within 90 days. He simultaneously banned Tencent, the…

The fate of women’s rights in Afghanistan

John R. Allen and Vanda Felbab-Brown – Brookings This piece is part of 19A: The Brookings Gender Equality Series. In this essay series, Brookings scholars, public officials, and other subject-area experts examine the current state of gender equality 100 years after the 19th Amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution and propose recommendations to cull the…

Forget TikTok. China’s Powerhouse App Is WeChat, and Its Power Is Sweeping.

A vital connection for the Chinese diaspora, the app has also become a global conduit of Chinese state propaganda, surveillance and intimidation. The United States has proposed banning it. Originally published in New York Times – Written By Paul Mozur Just after the 2016 presidential election in the United States, Joanne Li realized the app that…

Rolling Back Iran’s Influence in Syria

In this article, Geoffrey Aronon examines how Iranian influence in Syria can be curbed by the United States and its allies. A Syria deal that accommodates Russia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and the Assad regime will not be easy, nor will it pay quick dividends, but it will squeeze the Syrian space in…