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November 25, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Deval Patrick, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Deval Patrick is testing the accuracy of the old saying, “Better late than never.” Last December the former Massachusetts governor announced he would not run for president in 2020. Among the reasons …

Deval Patrick

January 27, 2020

Election 2020
Can Bernie Sanders’s Foreign Policy Vision Lay Claim to FDR’s Mantle?

If he wishes to follow in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's footsteps, U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will need to clarify America's interests, role, and responsibilities in defending the globa…

U.S. presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa.

May 12, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Moored to Memory: The Problem of the Past in U.S.-Australia Relations

Now that the reverie aboard the USS Intrepid has receded into memory, it is time to ask just what, precisely, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull achieved on his recent visit to New York and m…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull deliver brief remarks to reporters as they meet ahead of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, U.S. May 4, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

January 13, 2020

United Kingdom
Brexit’s Finish Line Is Only the "End of the Beginning" for Britain and the European Union

The United Kingdom faces numerous uncertainties as Brexit nears its nominal finish line.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in London.

January 6, 2020

World Order
The World Is Heading Back to the Future—to Another Volatile, Roaring ‘20s

The international politics of 2020 bear unnerving resemblance to the conditions that precipitated World War II.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump makes a speech in Miami, Florida.

December 9, 2019

Antarctica
The Landmark Antarctic Treaty Turns Sixty, Facing Its Biggest Test: Climate Change

The era of scientific cooperation that birthed the Antarctic Treaty, when contrasted with the global threat posed by climate change, attests to the need for a new, planetary politics.

Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont díUrville in East Antarctica.

December 18, 2019

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Six Global Summits to Watch in 2020

The year ahead promises to bring several gatherings of world leaders that could either continue the trend of declining international cooperation or breathe new life into multilateralism.

World leaders walk off after a family photo session at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan.

December 16, 2019

Global Governance
The Alliance for Multilateralism Makes Sense. Can It Make Good?

The incipient Alliance for Multilateralism comes at a pivotal moment, but its ambiguous identity represents a potential stumbling block.

German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas delivers a speech next to his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

January 24, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Restoring U.S. Leadership

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: U.S. leadership in the world; the wisdom of making campaign donors ambassadors; and early voting b…

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign rally in Muscatine, Iowa, on January 21. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

December 17, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Violence Against Women: Beyond Multilateral Virtue Signaling

Multilateral institutions often focus on rhetoric over action in countering violence against women. States inclined to do better should take matters into their own hands and adopt feminist foreign po…

Women during a demonstration against gender violence at Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City, Mexico.