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July 22, 2021

Climate Change
The EU Green Deal Just Raised the Bar on Climate Policy

When it comes to climate change diplomacy, the European Union is the world’s heavy hitter. But the ultimate fate of their new Fit for 55 plan will depend on three factors. 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen looks on during a news conference to present the EU's new climate policy proposals, with a screen displaying trees and “European Green” behind her, in Brussels, Belgium on July 14, 2021.

May 25, 2021

International Criminal Court
A Renewed Agenda to Advance US Interests with the International Criminal Court

Almost seven years following the inaugural Arguendo essays, little has changed to alter the three proposals set forth in my own essay of June 3, 2014, which I address shortly.  No doubt the relations…

April 29, 2021

Energy and Environment
Biden’s Ambitious Climate Pledge Puts U.S. Credibility on the Line

Biden’s Earth Day summit leaves important, lingering questions, the most important of these being the feasibility and credibility of his plans.

U.S. President Joe Biden looks on between Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, left, and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, right, during a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 23, 2021.

April 22, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
End the ‘Forever War’ Cliché

The war in Afghanistan needed to wind down. But Washington is learning the wrong lesson.

March 9, 2021

Cybersecurity
Why the SolarWinds Hack Is a Wake-Up Call

The sweeping cyber espionage campaign shows how sophisticated adversaries can bypass even well-defended targets.

February 19, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women this Week: First Woman Leader of the WTO

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 February 12 to February 19.   

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sits down for an interview with Reuters.

December 29, 2020

United States
Healing and Paying With National Service

As the Biden administration takes shape, an emphasis on voluntary national service, namely young adults volunteering national service at home, abroad or in the military in exchange for tuition waiver…

An Americorps volunteer uses a hammer while renovating a house

November 23, 2020

Human Rights
Making America Decent Again: Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy

The United States can only promote human rights abroad if it begins from a position of humility, acknowledging that the struggle to make America a more perfect union is ongoing.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump reaches his hand out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while sitting down in front of several United States and North Korean flags at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas,

December 8, 2020

Israel
Biden Can Clean Up Trump's Israeli-Palestinian Policy Mess, But Can He Broker Peace?

The president-elect knows only too well the failures of all the presidents who preceded him, and the hardening of positions that's occurred on both sides.

Joe Biden, Benjamin Netanyahu

November 18, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump’s Middle East Legacy Is Failure

The president has had a handful of successes—but never anything approaching a strategy.