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October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan

Soldiers

October 14, 2020

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: East Africa’s Emerging Giant

Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, is seeking aggressive reforms to put an end to discord and build on the country’s progress in recent decades, but a towering set of challenges threatens his agenda.

Children play within the Balderas condominium in Addis Ababa.

October 8, 2020

China
To Understand China’s Aggressive Foreign Policy, Look at Its Domestic Politics

In the past six months, Chinese foreign policy appears to have taken a dramatic and aggressive turn. One way to understand this assertive foreign policy is through the lens of China's internal politi…

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army march outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on September 8, 2020.

October 7, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Losing the Long Game

An insider’s perspective on why U.S. policymakers repeatedly underestimate the costs and consequences of intervention to both the United States and the people of the Middle East.

Losing the Long Game by Phil Gordon

September 30, 2020

Cybersecurity
What’s Wrong With the Clean Network Initiative? China Can’t Join It

The United States and its democratic allies don't necessarily need a "clean" network but a "trusted" one where they commit to not censor traffic, agree to shared privacy protections, and strengthen m…

The logos of mobile apps, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Netflix, are displayed on a screen in this illustration picture taken December 3, 2019.

September 28, 2020

China
The Future of “Clean Cloud”

Under the Trump administration's Clean Network Program, Chinese cloud service providers will come under greater scrutiny.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.

September 23, 2020

Mozambique
Failures of Governance Exacerbate Situation in Mozambique

The worsening crisis in northern Mozambique is a case study in why governance matters. For years, the prevailing narrative about Mozambique was all about peace dividends, economic growth, and the promise the country’s extraordinary natural resources.

A local walks past a billboard with a picture of Mozambique's president and leader of the Frelimo Party, Filipe Nyusi, in Maputo, Mozambique, October 11, 2019

September 21, 2020

A Conversation With Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran

Foreign Minister Zarif discusses Iranian relations with the United States, the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and prospects for peace in the Middle East.

Play Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif standing next to a red, white, green Iranian flag

September 11, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Foreign Policy Is AWOL

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: For all of its surprises, 2020 is shaping up as a traditional campaign year in one important respec…

Two people in masks walk by a mural of the U.S. flag in Ocean Beach, California.

September 11, 2020

Cameroon
As Cameroon Crisis Continues, U.S. Officials Struggle to Exert Positive Influence

On September 8, U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Ben Cardin, joined by an impressive bipartisan group of cosponsors, introduced a resolution calling for an end to the violence in Cameroon and for inclusive dialogue to address the underlying political tensions

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy meets with Cameroonian President Paul Biya  in Yaoundé,  March 18, 2018