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  • What is at stake for the DRC presidential election?

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    29 August 2018, by John Mukum Mbaku — Global Governance & Politics
    On August 8, 2018, Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), announced that he would not participate as a candidate for the presidency in elections scheduled to take place on December 23, 2018. He picked former interior minister, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who is (...)
  • Why assurances matter in U.S.-Taiwan relations

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    29 August 2018, by Richard C. Bush
    In 1982, the Reagan administration made “Six Assurances” to Taiwan’s leaders as it was concluding negotiations with Beijing regarding arms sales to Taiwan. These commitments have become an important part of U.S. declaratory policy towards Taiwan, along with the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act and the (...)
  • The dangers of tribalism and callousness in college sports

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    29 August 2018, by Jon Valant — Education
    College football season starts in earnest this weekend, ready to bring campuses to life on fall Saturdays. Yet, for all there is to love about college football—its drama, pageantry, rituals, loyalties, and rivalries—each season seems to bring a new collection of scandals and horrors. This year (...)
  • Revival of BIMSTEC at the Kathmandu Summit?

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    29 August 2018, by Shruti Godbole — International Affairs
    On August 30 and 31, Nepal will host the fourth BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other heads of government expected to attend the summit. Founded in 1997, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) includes (...)
  • Brookings survey finds divided views on artificial intelligence for warfare, but support rises if adversaries are developing it

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    29 August 2018, by Darrell West
    Thirty percent of adult internet users believe AI technologies should be developed for warfare, 39 percent do not, and 32 percent are unsure, according to a survey undertaken by researchers at the Brookings Institution. However, if adversaries already are developing such weapons, 45 percent (...)
  • Experts examine Asia’s approach to cybersecurity

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    28 August 2018, by Paul Park
    Security challenges in Asia come not only from nuclear threats or geopolitical conflicts, but also increasingly from the cyber space. As Jung Pak, senior fellow in the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies and SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea studies said during a June conference at (...)
  • Republicans cut taxes last year—will voters care in November?

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    28 August 2018, by Molly E Reynolds — Campaigns & Elections
    As Labor Day approaches, congressional campaigns around the country are preparing for the home stretch before November’s midterm elections. But as my Brookings colleague Vanessa Williamson argues in a new paper, Republicans’ signature legislative achievement of the 115th Congress—the Tax Cuts and (...)
  • Brookings Now back to school reading list

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    28 August 2018, by Paul Gadalla — Post
    Over the past year, Brookings experts have been recommending their favorite books as part of the Brookings Cafeteria podcast’s “Coffee Break” segment, which introduces listeners to our newest experts. As summer winds down, Brookings Now brings you a roundup of our scholars’ recommendations to (...)
  • Can climate science shift climate politics?

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    28 August 2018, by David G. Victor
    When will the United States get serious about global climate change? Barely a week passes without news of some new scientific study showing that the effects of climate change will be worse than previously imagined. Massive, systematic assessments of climate science—including the (...)
  • Toward a smaller, smarter force posture in the Middle East

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    28 August 2018, by Melissa Dalton, Mara Karlin
    A meaningful review of U.S. force posture in the Middle East is long overdue. We explored why in the first article in our series for Defense One, noting challenges with Iran, competition with Russia and China, counterterrorism imperatives, and domestic political and budgetary realities. This (...)

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