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June 28, 2022

North Korea
North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang.

June 15, 2022

Ukraine
2022 International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) Conference Keynote Session With Samantha Power

USAID Administrator Samantha Power discusses the pivotal moment we face to strengthen democracy and reverse the rise of authoritarianism across the world, and USAID's efforts to mitigate the global f…

Play Samantha Power speaking in a mic

May 17, 2022

Military Operations
Robert B. McKeon Endowed Series on Military Strategy and Leadership

U.S. military service chiefs discuss defense strategy in conflict areas around the world and cooperative efforts with U.S. allies. The Robert B. McKeon Endowed Series on Military Strategy and Lead…

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June 14, 2022

China
China and Russia: Exploring Ties Between Two Authoritarian Powers

China and Russia have expanded trade and defense ties over the past decade, but they’re not formal allies. Experts say Russia’s war in Ukraine could be a turning point in the relationship.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping stand next to each other.

April 14, 2022

Russia
The Struggles of the Russian Military in Ukraine

More than six weeks into its invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military is hindered by an inability to gain air supremacy, supply chain breakdowns, and dangerously low morale. Our panelists discuss th…

Play Pro-Russian troops drive two tanks in Mariupol, Ukraine

June 7, 2022

U.S. Foreign Policy
America’s Rise to Power, With Michael Mandelbaum

Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter professor emeritus of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the continuities and changes in U.S. fore…

Podcast Veterans hold a US flag at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on May 28, 2022, during Memorial Day celebrations

May 13, 2022

Religion
The Power of the Pope

For the past two thousand years, the pope has been a major player in global affairs. He is frequently called upon to act as a peace broker, a mediator, an advocate, and an influencer; and with over 1…

Podcast The pope looks out at a large crowd at Vatican City

June 29, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Turkey’s Growing Foreign Policy Ambitions

Turkey’s geography and membership in NATO have long given the country an influential voice in foreign policy, but the assertive policies of President Erdogan have complicated its role.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking in front of massive Turkish flags and portraits of himself and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

June 3, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: New Report Condemns Failed Efforts to Combat Sexual Violence in Canadian Military

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers May 28 to June 3.

Canada's Defense Minister Anita Anand speaks at a news conference about an advisory panel report on systemic racism and discrimination in the military in Ottawa, Canada on April 25, 2022.

February 9, 2022

Southeast Asia
The Return of Coups and Military Power: A Rising Danger

The resurgence of military political power is particularly notable in Southeast Asia, given that many of the states of the region had previously advanced toward becoming consolidated democracies.

A Thai soldier sits in front of the blockage of a road leading to the Thailand-Myanmar border where the fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic minority rebels still continues, in Mae Sot district, Tak province, Thailand, on December 19, 2021.