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Hong Kong’s Fight for True Democracy Comes as an Inconvenience to Others

For the thirteenth consecutive week, massive community mobilization is underway in Hong Kong as protestors fight to safeguard their freedoms and hold the government accountable for abuses of power. As the power struggle between Beijing and Hong Kong ensues, protestors must also handle trivializing criticism from outsiders.

Considering Africa in the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court has an important role to play in international criminal justice, but urgently needs reform to maintain credibility.

Espionage and Discrimination in Science: China’s Complicated Role

China is stealing research secrets from institutions around the world. As a result, Chinese scientists are more likely to experience discrimination in research settings. Are policymakers stuck choosing between securing research and securing civil rights?

Iran, Enrichment, and Arms Control

The NPT does not grant a right to enrich, as Iran claims. However, it does allow for verification-based access to nuclear power.

It May Be Too Late to Save World Cup 2022. What Can We Do to Save FIFA?

Teaser: FIFA’s organization of the World Cup, a beloved global sporting event, masks an apparent lack of concern for human rights in the countries it partners with. How can the international community take action?

Q&A – “Science Diplomats Bring a Gender Perspective to Science Diplomacy”

Charged Affairs editor Mercedes Yanora spoke with four "science diplomats" about the importance of science diplomacy in foreign policy, and the need for greater gender representation in the field.

Foreign Aid Should Persuade, Not Coerce

The Trump administration has demonstrated a willingness to use foreign aid to coerce countries like El Savador into adopting favorable policies. But what are the long-term consequences of this approach?

No Woman Entrepreneur Left Behind

Investing in economic empowerment for all women – regardless of color – will not only give women the ability to participate equally, it will also drive US economic growth. Choosing to preserve the status quo will result in a $4.4 trillion missed opportunity.

A Nuclear Global Zero is Not Yet Possible

Verified reduction and rigorous export controls are the only ways to concurrently keep nuclear weapons from proliferating, while reducing the global number of states with warheads and weapons down to a more manageable level.

China Doesn’t Want Arms Control

The United States and Russia want China to join arms control talks. Transparency and an intermediate range missile gap are key drivers of that push, but talks are DOA as China regards both issues of considerable importance to its defense.