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February 3, 2023

United States
Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Biden delivers his second State of the Union speech next Tuesday night. Here are ten things you might not know about the tradition of having a president deliver an annual address.

Biden SOTU

January 27, 2023

Sub-Saharan Africa
Staying Neutral on Ukraine Easier Said Than Done for African States

As the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group expands its Africa footprint, questions remain about what “neutrality” really looks like for African governments. 

In front of a wall of South African and Russian flags, South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov turn towards each other at a bilateral meeting in Pretoria, South Africa.

December 12, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Putting African Aspirations First

African aspirations, not African leaders, should be the focus of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

A man walks by a large billboard sign that reads "Africa: Marching Forward With Resilience!"

November 3, 2022

East Africa
Outrage Over Abuse of African Migrants

Citizen backlash to stories of labor exploitation may complicate Gulf states’ foreign policy agenda in East Africa.

Dr. Alfred Mutua, Kenya's new Minister of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, gives a speech in a blue suit, in front of a red background and a Kenyan flag.

February 2, 2023

United States
Biden’s SOTU, Blinken Visits China, EU Bans Russian Petroleum Products, and More

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address; U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Beijing to try to stabilize U.S.-China relations; and the European Union’s embargo on R…

Podcast U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali

February 3, 2022

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Beijing Olympics Begin, African Union Leaders Convene, and More

The Winter Olympics kick off in Beijing, the African Union (AU) holds its annual heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets with U.S. President Joe Biden at the Whi…

Podcast Olympic rings are seen onto the Haituo Tower, a landmark structure for the Yanqing competition zone of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, on January 25, 2022 in Beijing, China.

March 11, 2022

European Union
How Does the European Union Work?

The European Union has navigated a thicket of external and internal crises in recent years, including mass migration and Brexit. What are the union’s core institutions, and what roles do they play?

The chamber of the European Parliament during a voting session at the EU parliament's headquarters in Strasbourg..

December 6, 2022

Somalia
Al-Shabaab

Al-Shabaab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and nearby countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist terrorist group.

A military spokesman for al-Shabaab issues a statement in front of several fighters bearing arms.

August 10, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Biden Signals Policy Reset, but African Leaders Must Meet Washington Halfway

African leaders must hold the United States to its vow, even as they put their own house in order.

The U.S. Secretary of State stands with his hand held out while giving a speech at a university in South Africa.

January 23, 2023

Sub-Saharan Africa
PEPFAR at Twenty

PEPFAR’s twentieth anniversary should prompt reflection on some inconvenient truths for U.S.-Africa relations.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, wearing a red ribbon pin for World Aids Day, stands in front of a blue sign reading 'PEPFAR U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief' in bold white letters.