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Foreign Policy
The Consequences of Divided Government for U.S. Foreign Policy
Here are three things to watch for on the foreign policy front in the 118th U.S. Congress.
2022 in Review
Five Good Foreign Policy News Stories in 2022
As 2022 comes to a close, here are five positive stories on the foreign policy front that happened in the past year. 
2022 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2022
Ten people who passed away this year who shaped world affairs for better or worse.  
  • 2022 in Review
    Remembering Ten Americans Who Died in 2022
    As 2022 comes to a close, here are ten Americans we lost this year who made a mark in foreign policy.  
  • 2022 in Review
    Five Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2023
    As 2022 comes to a close, here are five foreign policy news stories to follow in the coming year.
  • U.S. Department of Defense
    Happy 3rd Birthday to the U.S. Space Force!
    The newest branch of the U.S. military marks its third year of service. 
  • 2022 in Review
    Ten Most Significant World Events in 2022
    As 2022 comes to a close, here are the top ten most notable world events of the past year.
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    It was a year marked by political tumult, spiking major-power tensions, economic challenges, a waning pandemic, and a war that echoed worldwide.
  • 2022 in Review
    Five Elections to Watch in 2023
    Numerous countries will hold elections in 2023. Here are five to watch. 
  • 2022 in Review
    Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2023
    As 2022 comes to a close, here are ten notable historical anniversaries to mark in 2023.