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May 13, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

September 28, 2020

China
Chasing Shadows in China’s Balance of Payments Data

China’s second quarter balance of payments data points to a significant increase in the foreign asset accumulation of the state banking system. That at least raises the question of whether China’s au…

Chasing Shadows in China’s Balance of Payments Data

April 9, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Sexual Slavery Conviction at the ICC

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 April 3 to April 9.

The International Criminal Court, located in The Hague, Netherlands.

March 31, 2021

Climate Change
The Climate Challenge and China's Belt and Road Initiative

BRI's fossil fuel investments will make combatting climate change more difficult. The U.S. needs to offer developing nations an alternative means of acquiring clean energy.

Steam rises at sunrise from six large smokestacks on the horizon at the Lethabo Power Station, a coal-fired power station near Sasolburg, South Africa on March 2, 2016.

January 8, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: A Divisive and Damaging Presidency Nears Its End

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The mob that stormed the Capitol Building this week highlighted how Donald Trump’s pr…

Pro-Trump protestors line the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building waving flags and hanging Trump 2020 banners.

December 4, 2020

Nigeria
Delegitimizing Armed Agitations in the Niger Delta

Militant groups under the platform of MEND unleashed coordinated attacks on Nigeria’s oil and gas infrastructure from 2006 to 2009. The pace of attacks fell after President Umaru Yar’Adua established an Amnesty Program that ostensibly included disarmament

A man is seen walking by a massive flame, the result of gas flaring in the Niger Delta.

November 10, 2020

Transition 2021
New Challenges and Potential for the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Biden's return to a conventional alliance management approach could shed light on cracks in the U.S.-South Korea alliance previously obfuscated by Trump's unconventional approach.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea on December 6, 2013.

September 9, 2020

Namibia
Remembering Dirk Mudge, Pioneer of Multiracial Democracy in Namibia

Dirk Mudge, who died of COVID-19, certainly deserves recognition for his commitment to bringing democracy and majority rule to Namibia.

Small plastic flags of Namibia (a red stripe through blue and green corners, with a small yellow sun in the upper left blue corner) wave in a crowd.

August 6, 2020

Nuclear Weapons
Five Movies Worth Watching About the Threat of Nuclear War

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films examining the risks of nuclear weapons.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Thirteen Days/Rotten Tomatoes; Crimson Tide/Amazon; Fail Safe/IMDB; Colossus: The Forbin Project/TMDB; On the Beach/CineMaterial; WarGames/Amazon; Miracle Mile/YouTube.

July 28, 2020

South Africa
Andrew Mlangeni, Mandela Ally and Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dies in South Africa

Andrew Mlangeni was the last living defendant of the 1963 Rivonia trial, which resulted in the sentencing of Andrew and ten others, among them, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and, most famously, Nelson Mandela.

Andrew Mlageni, an aged, bald man with glasses, sits at a dais. His name is on a lit-up placard in front of him, as is a thin microphone. He is speaking.