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October 28, 2020

Donald Trump
Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric Toward Ethiopia is Indicative of a Larger Problem

Last week President Trump invited reporters to listen in on a call intended to celebrate the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel, a diplomatic achievement that comes with more than a few complications. 

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with leaders of Israel and Sudan about the decision to rescind Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2020

October 21, 2020

Sudan
Removing Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List

This week, President Trump made the long-anticipated announcement that the United States is prepared to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST). Sudan has been on the list of …

Sudanese chant slogans outside a court during a new trial against ousted President Omar al-Bashir and some of his former allies over the military coup that brought the autocrat to power in 1989, outside a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan. September 15, 2020

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 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.

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 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

September 7, 2020

Trade
The Return of Big Chinese Surpluses (And Large U.S. Deficits)

Global trade imbalances are, once again, largely the result of Chinese and American trade imbalances. China's surplus has increased even as the pandemic has reduced global trade, as has the U.S. defi…

The Return of Big Chinese Surpluses (And Large U.S. Deficits)