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November 14, 2017

Conflict Prevention
Preventive Engagement

Stares proposes a long-term strategy for how the United States can manage the risks of a turbulent world in a way that does not rely solely on American power.

September 15, 2017

Rwanda
Paul-Kagame-Rwanda-UN-General-Assembly The Paradox of Rwanda's Paul Kagame

President Paul Kagame, along with many other chiefs of state, will be visiting New York for the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly. President Trump is scheduled to host African heads…

September 13, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Arab World Advances U.S. Interests and Ideals, Says Abrams in New Book

September 14, 2017—Setbacks to political liberalization in the Arab world have caused the United States to turn away from support for democrats there in favor of “pragmatic” deals with tyrants in ord…

September 12, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Realism and Democracy

A personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy in the last forty years and an argument, both "realist" and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East.

August 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Zimbabweans hold placards during a protest against President Robert Mugabe's government in Harare, Zimbabwe. Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

August 22, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address to the nation from Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The Not-So-New "New" South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump outlined last night the much-anticipated strategy his administration will adopt in Afghanistan, now the United States’ longest war. Trump placed Afghanistan in the context o…

August 22, 2017

Afghanistan
Carlos Barria/Reuters Trump’s Path to Indefinite Afghan War

President Trump’s much-anticipated Afghan policy rightly avoids troop withdrawal timelines but offers little prospect for progress against the durable Taliban.

August 14, 2017

Trade
A truck carrying logs heads toward the Canada border. Reuters. Renegotiating NAFTA: Let the Games Begin

The North American Free Trade Agreement was the first in U.S. history to slash trade barriers between a wealthy country and a much poorer one. This week, the NAFTA will mark another first when offici…

May 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's King Salman poses after receiving an an honorary PhD from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia’s stability is not under immediate threat, but questions about the Kingdom's fate in longer-term will persist.

August 9, 2017

China
Robots in China Beijing’s AI Strategy: Old-School Central Planning with a Futuristic Twist

China's new artificial intelligence strategy is a signal that Beijing wants to be a leader in AI. How it gets there is a different story.