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February 12, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Andrew Yang, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Chances are you haven’t heard of Andrew Yang even though he’s been running for president for more than a year now. By any objective standard, he is the longest of long shots. He has never held politi…

yang 2020

August 10, 2010

China
And the Winner is…Vietnam

All the finger-pointing and analysis about the Obama administration’s decision to wade more deeply into disputes over the South China Sea seems to have focused on whether Washington or Beijing have…

A Vietnamese flag flutters as a motorboat transporting Vietnamese navy personnel passes a construction site of a new pier on Truong Sa islands or Spratly islands

October 11, 2019

Election 2020
Election 2020 Foreign Policy Roundup: Syrian Kurds, the NBA, and LGBTQ Rights

The big foreign policy news this week was President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops who have been working with Syrian Kurds, effectively greenlighting Turkey’s subsequent invasion of …

People flee Turkish air strikes in Ras al Ain along the northern Syrian border.

January 7, 2014

Politics and Government
No Winners in Bangladesh

I’ve been an optimist about Bangladesh for some time now—its national development miracle, amazing social entrepreneurs, strong civil society and women-led microfinance, 160 million-strong brand of m…

People look at burnt textbooks after a primary school which was supposed to be used as a polling booth was set on fire, in Feni

October 9, 2019

Ukraine
The President's Inbox: Stephen Sestanovich on Ukraine

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Steve Sestanovich, CFR’s senior fellow for Eurasian and Russian studies and the former U.S. ambassador-at-large for the former Sov…

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with President Trump at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25.

October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

October 3, 2011

Iran
Samir Kuntar, Award Winner

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) speaks with released Lebanese prisoner Samir Kantar during a ceremony in Tehran January 29, 2009 (Courtesy REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi). Regimes, like individua…

Samir Kuntar, Award Winner

May 1, 2017

Southeast Asia
The Thirtieth ASEAN Summit: Winners

Over the weekend, the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held the Thirtieth ASEAN Summit, in Manila—the Philippines is the chair of ASEAN this year. As has become usual, much of …

Duterte-30th ASEAN Summit

August 12, 2019

China
Trump’s Trade War Puts “Belt and Road First”

When he began slapping tariffs on Chinese exports last summer, President Trump said his actions would bring down America’s trade deficit. China, however, has retaliated by pressuring its firms to…

Trump’s Trade War Puts “Belt and Road First”

August 6, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Dear Mr President: Time to Take Women’s Rights More Seriously as a National Security Issue

Senior Fellow Catherine Powell reposts two pieces on conflict-related sexual violence.

President Donald J. Trump listens to Nadia Murad as he hosts a group of victims of religious persecution in the Oval Office of the White House. Washington, DC, United States. July 17, 2019.