Transnational Bodies

  • Brookings: Create an Office of Subnational Diplomacy at State Department

    February 24, 2021

    The Brookings Institution is promoting the creation of a new office of subnational diplomacy within the State Department that will place State Department diplomats within local governments following U.S. President Joe Biden’s pledge for new partnerships between local and federal governments.

  • NSL: Nearly 5,000 Hong Kong Citizens Apply for New UK Visa

    February 23, 2021

    Nearly 5,000 Hong Kong citizens sign up for new UK visa since London has made changes to its visa rules to give Hong Kong residents fleeing the New Security Law (NSL) a chance to settle in Britain.

  • BBC World News Banned in Mainland China

    February 16, 2021

    After Britain revoked Chinese state television’s broadcast license, China barred Britain’s BBC World News from its television networks and Hong Kong’s public broadcaster said it would stop relaying BBC World Service radio.

  • Lai Case Reveals NSL’s Effect on Hong Kong’s Legal System

    February 15, 2021

    The conclusion of the Court of Final Appeal (CFA), concerning the case of Pro-Democracy Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai, ruled that the National Security Law (NSL) is a distinctive legal regime which runs in parallel with, and if necessary over-rides, the existing legal system in Hong Kong.

  • Biden Executive Order Includes Climate Refugee Study

    February 15, 2021

    President Biden’s recent executive order on refugees includes a study on the impacts of climate change on migration, as well as options for the "protection and resettlement of individuals" displaced by environmental change.

  • Heritage: The Future of the 1776 Commission

    February 10, 2021

    Angela Sailor writes that the 1776 Commission, which was cancelled on President Joe Biden’s first day in office, can continue outside of the federal government to promote the U.S. Constitution and the values that create unity and a stronger America.

  • Pro-Democracy Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Denied Bail

    February 10, 2021

    Pro-democracy Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai, who has was arrested under the new national security law and who has been in custody since early December, has been denied bail by Hong Kong’s top court.

  • Brookings: Advancing Multilateralism in a Populist Age

    February 09, 2021

    Thomas Wright writing for the Brookings Institute, examines how multilateralists in the United States and Europe may strengthen a cooperative international order at a time when populism and nationalism are strong forces.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Lifts Ban On Indoor Church Services In California

    February 08, 2021

    In a 6-3 decision, The United States Supreme Court has ruled that California Governor Gavin Newsom’s orders banning indoor church services may violate the Constitution’s protections on religion, lifting the state ban on indoor religious gatherings.

  • Atlantic Council: Ukraine bans Kremlin-linked TV channels

    February 08, 2021

    The Atlantic Council’s Peter Dickenson shares various analyses of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy decision to shut down three Kremlin-linked TV channels, which has sparked a heated debate in Ukraine over the balance between national security and freedom of speech.

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