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May 22, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-US-Relations-Bad U.S.-South Africa Bilateral Relationship Faces Difficult Road Ahead

While on the UN Security Council, South Africa is likely to adopt positions on issues ranging from Iran to Palestine and Israel that will be opposed by the Trump administration. There are also tariff and trade issues that will set back the relationship.

May 17, 2018

Burundi
https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKCN1IH1YI-OZATP Burundi's Vote Could Keep Nkurunziza President Until 2034

Burundians are at the polls today to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments that would, among other things, change the country’s rules around term limits.

May 4, 2018

South Africa
UN-Voting-Nikki-Haley UN Voting Report Could Upset U.S.-South Africa Relationship

Ambassador Haley seems to be saying that if a country consistently votes against the United States in the UN, its bilateral U.S. assistance will be in jeopardy. 

April 27, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura with members of the Women Advisory Board during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 2016. Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Oscar winner Frances McDormand explained how movies can be more diverse: inclusion riders. This approach is one worth considering outside of Hollywood—including in the con…

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.

April 20, 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.

April 16, 2018

Japan
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017. Abe Returns to Mar-a-Lago

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will return to Florida tomorrow to meet with President Donald J. Trump. Much has changed since Abe’s first visit in February 2017, just a month into the new Trump a…

April 16, 2018

Syria
missile President Trump’s Syria Strikes Are Not About Syria

The airstrikes conducted by the United States, Britain, and France on Saturday against Syrian military targets were about upholding a nearly century-old prohibition against chemical warfare, not abou…

April 15, 2018

Syria
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and UK Ambassador Karen Pierce vote against a Russian resolution condemning “aggression” against Syria during an emergency UN Security Council meeting. Legal Questions Loom Over Syria Strikes

In striking Syria without an international law justification, the United States leaves itself open to criticism and may invite similar behavior by other countries.

April 9, 2018

Syria
Trump Faces Crowd Trump’s Syria Policy Isn’t Retrenchment. It’s Pandering.

Everything Trump does in Syria revolves around what’s good for Trump. And that’s bad for America.