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January 12, 2018

United States
The State of U.S. Infrastructure The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid deliberations over President Trump’s first budget, debate has intensified over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face majo…

February 1, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 30, 2018 The State of the Union and the Dangerous Turn in the United States’ North Korea Policy

President Trump’s State of the Union speech signaled the White House’s dangerous and growing fixation on using maximum pressure alone to denuclearize North Korea. But the soundest way to resolve the …

February 1, 2018

Somalia
A girl participates in a street parade in Hargeisa to celebrate Somaliland's self-declared independence. Somaliland: The Horn of Africa’s Breakaway State

The would-be independent state strikes a contrast with Somalia as a place of relative peace and democratic stability, but international recognition has remained out of reach.

January 24, 2018

Lebanon
Should the United States Be Supporting the Lebanese Army?

In testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee last November, I raised some doubts about U.S. military aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). My main concern was that the LAF "is increasingly i…

November 3, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Apartheid-Flag-Race-US Symbols of Race Relations in the United States and South Africa

As whites in South Africa protest perceived marginalization, it's worth taking a look at the legacies of apartheid, slavery, and Jim Crow.

January 19, 2018

Russia
Reuters Containing Russia, Again: An Adversary Attacked the United States—It’s Time to Respond

The United States must respond to Russia's interference in the 2016 elections by pursuing a strategy of containment. Without a comprehensive response, Russia's meddling will continue.

October 17, 2017

Kurds
Reuters Can the United States Broker Peace Between Iraq and the Kurds?

Washington should respond to sectarian conflict near Kirkuk by seeking to preserve a united Iraq while supporting Kurdish autonomy.

December 8, 2017

South Korea
How the United States, ASEAN, and South Korea Could Cooperate on Nontraditional Security How the United States, ASEAN, and South Korea Could Cooperate on Nontraditional Security

This post is co-authored by Sungtae "Jacky" Park, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Traditional security issues in the Asia-Pacific, such as tensions on th…

May 17, 2017

Americas
A Venezuelan opposition supporter carries a sign that reads, "OAS: come and see," in front of a mural depicting late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas in October 2009. The Organization of American States

The Organization of American States is an important forum for regional diplomacy, but it has been hesitant to censure member states for violating democratic principles.

November 7, 2017

North Korea
Can the United States, China, and South Korea Cooperate on North Korea? Can the United States, China, and South Korea Cooperate on North Korea?

This post is co-authored by Sungtae "Jacky" Park, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Yet again, Asia watchers are pondering how China might be able to help …