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December 11, 2019

Nigeria
Buhari's Attacks on the Press in Nigeria Continue Unabated

On December 6, the Department of State Security (DSS) stormed into an Abuja courtroom and illegally detained journalist Omoyele Sowore. The episode is deeply disappointing to American friends of Nigeria who are invested in that country’s democratic trajectory. The DSS flagrantly violated the rule of law and the sanctity of a courtroom by violently manhandling Sowore and causing the judge to flee her own chambers. The episode unfurled in full view of national and international media, dragging Nigeria’s international reputation through the mud.

A fight breaks out as security personnel attempt to re-arrest Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria December 6, 2019.

December 11, 2019

Trade
The USMCA Breakthrough: The New U.S. Trade Consensus and What it Means for the World

In the history of the domestic politics of trade, the breakthrough announced this week on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a genuine milestone. Following intensive negotiations—in…

Pelosi USMCA Trade News Conference

December 10, 2019

United States
John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture With Samantha Power

Samantha Power discusses her career in government, including her time at the United Nations and the National Security Council, and how it influenced her perspective on U.S. foreign policy and human r…

Power

December 10, 2019

Education
Foreign Money in U.S. Universities: Implications for Academic Freedom and National Security

Speakers discuss the power yielded by foreign governments through large donations to U.S. universities, the proliferation of government-funded Confucius Institutes on campuses, and the potential thre…

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December 10, 2019

Albania
The Debate Over Letting Balkan States Into the EU

As EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia falter, the bloc’s commitment to expansion has come under increasing doubt.

December 10, 2019

China
China, More Than Trump, Has Been Driving the Slowdown in Global Trade

U.S. imports from China are down. China's imports from everyone are down.

Chinese Import Growth Relative to Chinese GDP Growth

December 10, 2019

World Trade Organization (WTO)
What’s Next for the WTO?

President Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on China highlights concern about the ongoing role of the WTO and the future of global trade rules.

WTO Meeting, Geneva Switzerland

December 6, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: NATO and the Future of Transatlantic Relations

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting at Iowa State University on December 4, 2019. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

December 6, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Fight Against Ebola

Panelists discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including the social, political, and medical factors that make the virus so difficult to treat and contr…

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