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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.

January 25, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Carlos Barria/Reuters What the Global Elite Can Learn From Donald Trump

Those attending Davos would be wise to realize that some of Trump’s populist message may be right. Likewise, the president must recognize that “making America great again” requires the U.S. to shape …

February 13, 2018

United States
FA MA 2018 Cover Walking Away From World Order: Weighing Trump’s First Year of Foreign Policy

“Nobody really knew what to expect when Donald Trump became U.S. president. Would he disrupt the status quo or maintain it? Blow himself up or escape unscathed? One year in, the answer is yes,” write…

February 9, 2018

United States
The Impact of Tax Arbitrage on the U.S. Balance of Payments The Impact of Tax Arbitrage on the U.S. Balance of Payments

I sat down with the FT's Matt Klein for an Alphachat podcast on the international provisions in the December tax reform.

February 9, 2018

Myanmar
A group of Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, September 1, 2017. The Rohingya Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, are fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, fueling a historic migration crisis.

February 6, 2018

Olympics
East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event. The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

January 10, 2018

Human Rights
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. January 10, 2018. To Strengthen Trump’s National Security Approach, Promote Human Rights

In a series of tweets on New Year’s Eve, President Donald J. Trump expressed strong support for Iranians protesting against their autocratic regime. He added that the United States would be “watching…

February 1, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 30, 2018 The State of the Union and the Dangerous Turn in the United States’ North Korea Policy

President Trump’s State of the Union speech signaled the White House’s dangerous and growing fixation on using maximum pressure alone to denuclearize North Korea. But the soundest way to resolve the …

December 4, 2017

Russian Hacking and Disinformation
Richard Burr Live Today: A Conversation with Richard Burr

Today, the Council on Foreign Relations is hosting a conversation with Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Senator Burr will discuss Russia's cyber capabili…

January 26, 2018

Indonesia
Mattis-Indonesia-1.22.2018 Secretary of Defense Mattis’s Trip to Southeast Asia: A Few Thoughts

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis traveled to Southeast Asia this past week, and during his first stop in Indonesia signaled a desire to improve strategic aspects of the U.S.-Indonesia relationship inc…