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With Foreign Funds Frozen, Afghan Aid Groups Stuck in Limbo

With Foreign Funds Frozen, Afghan Aid Groups Stuck in Limbo

Advertisement A month after the fall of Kabul, the world is still wrestling with how to help Afghanistan’s impoverished people without propping up their Taliban leaders — a question that grows more urgent by the day. With the Afghan government severed from the international banking system, aid groups both inside Afghanistan and abroad say they...

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Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

The U.S. foreign-policy establishment has made plenty of mistakes in the post-9/11 era, but it deserves credit for its public, if sometimes messy, effort in recent years to learn lessons. Academics, policy experts, practitioners, and journalists have been having a robust debate conducted in journal articles, books, op-eds, and panels about the United States’ role...

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Has the ‘China Initiative’ Run Its Course?

Has the ‘China Initiative’ Run Its Course?

Advertisement In 2018 the Trump administration announced a new program at the Department of Justice. Dubbed the China Initiative, the program was meant to crack down on economic espionage and covert influence operations. From the outset, however, the initiative has faced accusation of embedded prejudice against Chinese Americans, as well as more basic concerns about...

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Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders

Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders

Russia is conducting one of its largest military exercises since the Cold War in Belarus, along the eastern flank of NATO, as relations between Moscow and the West have reached their lowest ebbs in decades. The joint war games with Belarus, known as Zapad, are held every four years. But this year, the military relationship...

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Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations

Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations

Advertisement Data and algorithms are the fundamental blocks of cyberspace, but while data practices are increasingly being regulated around the world algorithm regulation is relatively untouched. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), for example, remains the groundbreaking model for data protection regulations in most parts of the world. However, there is a void in...

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India Welcomes AUKUS Pact as China Deterrent

India Welcomes AUKUS Pact as China Deterrent

For India, the formation of the new Indo-Pacific coalition AUKUS—among Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States—is welcome for a number of reasons. The objective of the coalition is to help Australia build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and deepen security cooperation in other areas, such as defense-related artificial intelligence and quantum computing, cyberwarfare,...