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December 18, 2017

United States
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (back) and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin attend a signing ceremony at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 (SPIEF 2014) in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 24, 2014. Could a U.S.-Russia Oil Showdown be Coming?

About a year ago, a seasoned U.S. oil leader with deep political connections explained to me that U.S. shale would be out of the woods by 2018. His thesis was straightforward: he thought the U.S. eco…

December 22, 2017

China
Tung Chee Hwa, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China, addresses the media during a press conference in the Davos congress center January 29. Tung Chee Hwa is amongst 2000 high ranking representatives from politics and economy participating in the World Economic Forum's 29th annual meeting. Beware Chinese Influence but Be Wary of a China Witch Hunt

The recent spate of articles and books on rising Chinese influence in the Australian and New Zealand political systems has prompted U.S. officials, journalists, and others to take a harder look at ho…

January 16, 2018

Southeast Asia
Prayuth cutout_1.9.2018 Southeast Asia’s Press Freedoms Collapse: 2018 Could Be Worse for Southeast Asian Democracy Than 2017

As I noted late last year, 2017 was a disastrous year for democracy in Southeast Asia. Democratic rights and freedoms already have been in decline in Southeast Asia for more than a decade, but 2017 w…

February 16, 2018

China
U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Stepping Up to the China Challenge

On February 15, I testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the emerging strategic competition between the United States and China, arguing that it is vital for the United States to must…

January 19, 2018

Russia
Reuters Containing Russia, Again: An Adversary Attacked the United States—It’s Time to Respond

The United States must respond to Russia's interference in the 2016 elections by pursuing a strategy of containment. Without a comprehensive response, Russia's meddling will continue.

December 18, 2017

Asia
Duterte_9.6.2017 Populism in the West Gets the Attention, but Asia’s Rising Populism Could be as Dangerous to Democracy

The rise of populist leaders and parties in Europe and the United States over the past two years has reshaped the political landscape from Budapest to Washington. Challenging elites as corrupt and di…

February 14, 2018

Italy
Grillo and Di Maio What to Know About Italy’s 2018 Elections

Italy’s elections will shape the country’s response to economic stagnation, migration woes, and European integration, with repercussions across the continent.

January 24, 2018

Lebanon
Should the United States Be Supporting the Lebanese Army?

In testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee last November, I raised some doubts about U.S. military aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). My main concern was that the LAF "is increasingly i…

January 18, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa-Trump-Ambassador-Letter-Shithole Former U.S. Ambassadors to Africa Protest President Trump’s Remarks

Seventy-eight former U.S. ambassadors to African countries (including me) have signed a public letter to the president asking him to "reassess" his views on Africa and its citizens.

February 1, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
syria In Push to End Syrian War, Where are the Women?

A new CFR Interactive Report highlights the value of women’s contributions to stability around the world. The Women at the Table Series is a collection of in-depth case studies analyzing how women pa…