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July 9, 2018

China
Staff members set up Chinese and U.S. flags for a meeting between Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Ministry of Transport of China in Beijing, China April 27, 2018 U.S.-China Trade War: How We Got Here

Background reading for the trade war with China.

June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

March 6, 2012

Asia
Former Democratic Party treasurer Nazaruddin Muhammad, escorted by policemen, leaves the Corruption Eradication Commission office in Jakarta. Can the Bloom Return to Indonesia’s Democracy?

Months of revelations of alleged scandals of major figures in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party has slowly but surely dragged down public opinion in Indonesia of the government, a…

March 2, 2018

South Korea
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea’s Kim Yong-nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Will South Korea’s Olympic Diplomacy Last?

South Korea must capitalize on its diplomatic push to bridge the divide between its longtime ally and its combative neighbor.

February 27, 2018

Southeast Asia
Najib-12.22.2017 Islamist Groups Could Swing Malaysian and Indonesian Elections

After months of speculation, many signs indicate that Malaysia will hold its national elections in late April or early May. According to reports in the Malaysian press, the country’s election commiss…

February 26, 2018

South Korea
Can South Korea Save Itself? Can South Korea Save Itself?

For much of its recent history, Korea has been caught in conflicts between powerful neighbors—an experience that provides sobering lessons for South Korean leaders grappling with their country’s vuln…

February 21, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-SONA-Zuma Renewing U.S.-South Africa Relations Under President Ramaphosa

His forthright remarks represent a paradigm shift in that country’s governance and governing principles and provides an opportunity for the United States to reengage with a strategic ally after nearly two decades of eroding relations.

February 8, 2018

Turkey
Erdogan General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military—and you can tell by the results.

April 30, 2014

India
IndiaVotes Thanks, John Oliver! Why India Isn’t a Big Focus for U.S. Television

This post is part of a series on the Indian elections. In the grand tradition of Jon Stewart, the British comedian John Oliver has skewered American television’s priorities in his new show, Last Wee…

December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…