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June 29, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: The Pacificus-Helvidius Debate

Original intent. The term pops up frequently in debates over how to interpret the U.S. Constitution. At its core, the concept of original intent holds that constitutional interpretation should be gui…

Hamilton Madison

June 24, 2020

U.S. Congress
FISA’s Current Controversies and Room for Improvement (Part Two)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has become almost impossibly political. In part two of our two-part series on FISA, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency Glenn Gerst…

U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Examining the Inspector General's report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)."

May 13, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Ambassadors for Gender Equality: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why They Matter

Since the United States appointed the first-ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues in 2009, ten more countries have followed, creating new posts focused on women's rights and gender equal…

U.S. Ambassador Melanne Verveer

June 16, 2020

Religion
Religion's Role in Social Change

Ruth Messinger, former president and current global ambassador of American Jewish World Service, Reverend Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager of the University of Southern California’s Cecil Murray…

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June 16, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Why African Nations Support U.S. Anti-Racism Protesters

The U.S. protests following the police killing of George Floyd have spurred solidarity among many Africans, who have expressed widespread outrage against police brutality.

June 8, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Gender Representation and Diversity in the Foreign Affairs Community

Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley joined the Council on Foreign Relations for a roundtable discussion on the importance of diversity in the foreign affairs comm…

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is surrounded as she bids farewell to a lobby filled with employees after her last day at the State Department in Washington, January 16, 2009.

June 8, 2020

Germany
Trump’s Sudden and Dangerous Troop Withdrawal From Germany

President Donald J. Trump’s order to withdraw nearly ten thousand U.S. troops from Germany betrays a close ally, undermines confidence in Washington, and makes Europe and the United States less safe…

June 8, 2020

Germany
Bundestag Hack Redux: More Smoke Than Mirrors

In early May, it was reported that Germany's federal prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Dmitriy Badin, the Russian hacker behind the 2015 cyberattacks targeting the Bundestag. Despite this, it i…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

June 2, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Affirming Our Commitment to Human Rights, at Home and Abroad

The sickening murder of George Floyd, and the laudable fact that the press in the United States is free to report it and to tell the story of the protests sweeping the nation, has again exposed just how much injustice persists in the United States.

U.S. Ambassador Brian Nichols Meets with Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo in Harare, June 1, 2020

May 22, 2020

India
Reflections on India’s Foreign Affairs Strategy

I had the opportunity earlier this week to take part in a fascinating webinar discussion, hosted by Brookings India, on India’s foreign policy strategy. The anchor for the conversation was a new pape…

A man in a face mask cleans machinery