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March 12, 2020

Libya
Prospects for Peace in Libya Are Bleak

Despite recent UN efforts to coordinate talks, peace in Libya remains elusive.

Libyan protesters shout and wave Libyan flags while demanding an end to Khalifa Haftar's offensive against Tripoli.

March 9, 2020

Democracy
With the United States Backsliding, Who Will Defend Democracy in the World?

A new Freedom House report finds that India and the United States were among the foremost contributors last year to democratic backslide and that global freedom continues to decline.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of U.S. and Indian flags.

February 21, 2020

Togo
Togo Slides Toward Authoritarianism

President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo will face six other candidates in the election, including longtime rival Jean Pierre Fabre. Fabre, a human rights activist, was nominated as the leader of Togo's main opposition party, National Alliance for Change, late last year. Thanks in part to the fragmented opposition, Gnassingbe is favored to win.

Faure Gnassingbe, president of Togo, wheres a navy suit and dark blue tie as he clasps his hand in front of a double microphone. Behind him and to the side is a Togolese flag hanging on a flag pole.

February 7, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s New Land-Mine Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats vow to reverse the Trump administration’s new land-mine policy, the candidates participa…

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February 7, 2020

Zimbabwe
Little Has Changed in Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

After thirty-seven years in power, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was toppled via a military coup in November 2017. His successor and former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, promised a break from Mugabe’s authoritarian rule and economic mismanagement, declaring a “new Zimbabwe” that is “open for business.” After two years in power, to what extent has Mnangagwa delivered on his promises? In short, it’s bleak.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa's supporters arrive for the ruling ZANU PF party's annual conference on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, on December 13, 2019.

February 6, 2020

India
South Asia Reads: February 6, 2020

The annual budget in India and Chinese investments in Pakistan were two major opportunities to reverse declining economic fortunes in South Asia. This week's articles explain how both fell short of e…

Sri Lankan soldiers in independence day parade

January 28, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Rethink Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in December 2018. Saudi Royal Court via Reuters.

January 15, 2020

Gambia
President Barrow’s Broken Promise Threatens Gambia’s Post-Jammeh Future

The Gambia has found itself on the brink of a new political crisis, just three years after the dramatic fall of longtime strongman Yahya Jammeh. Protestors filled the streets of the capital Banjul last month, demanding President Adama Barrow’s resignation after three years in office.  Earlier this year, Barrow began to lay the groundwork for extending his tenure in office. In late December, Barrow formed a new political party, the National Peoples Party, which would allow him to contest next year's presidential election. 

Gambia's President Adama Barrow sits in the chair reserved for heads of state before delivering his address during the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 25, 2018.

January 13, 2020

Cybersecurity
A New UN Cybercrime Treaty? The Way Forward for Supporters of an Open, Free, and Secure Internet

Last month, a Russian-led resolution on cybercrime that could pose challenges for countries that support a free and open model for the internet passed in the United Nations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the reception to mark the Day of the Heroes, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia

January 6, 2020

Technology and Innovation
2019: The Beginning of the End of the Open Internet Era

In the next decade, China will establish a separate root system for their share of the internet. This will mark the end of the global internet era. When the root splits, the United States and its all…

A computer network cable is seen above a Chinese flag