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January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

January 13, 2021

Radicalization and Extremism
From Separatism to Salafism: Militancy on the Swahili Coast

Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. The revelation that a Kenyan member of al-Shabab was charged with planning a 9/11-style attack on the Unit…

A group of Muslim youth are seen protesting the killing of a radical Kenyan imam, Aboud Rogo Mohammed. Several are wearing Islamic dress while others are wearing everyday clothing.

December 28, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2020

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2020 who through…

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December 18, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Much Foreign Policy Leverage Is Trump Leaving Biden?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The Biden administration may have less leverage to strike winning deals than he, and …

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

November 17, 2020

Transition 2021
Climate Change: The Biden Administration's Opportunity in Africa

Climate change is both one of the greatest threats to Africa and an area in which Biden administration policy is most likely to differ from President Trump's. Through his leadership on this issue, the president-elect has a chance to make a difference.

A parched landscape around the Lake Wegnia, in Sahel region of Koulikoro, Mali. A small tree and a few shrubs intersperse a mostly dirt landscape.

February 5, 2020

Americas
Mexico’s Lopez Obrador Is Stoking Corruption, Not Fighting It

His shady associates and wrongheaded policies are making a bad problem worse.

A demonstrator holds a sign during a march against Mexico's president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as he delivers his first state of the union in Mexico City, Mexico, September 1, 2019. The sign reads, "#AMLO traitor. Liar. Corrupt. Narco-state".

October 23, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Biden and Trump Debate Foreign Policy, Kinda

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy was a topic at the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. 

Joe Biden and Donald Trump gesture at each other from behind their podiums while Kristen Welker is seated between them on the debate stage.

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.

June 25, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Movies with Women in the Lead

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature women at the helm. 

Movies clockwise from the top left: Carve Her Name with Pride/IMDB; Eye in the Sky/Bleecker Street; Paradise Road/SBS; Atomic Blonde/Script; Zero Dark Thirty/Empire; A Private War/IMDB.

June 22, 2020

Nepal
India-Nepal Bilateral Relations Slide: Perspective From Kathmandu

India’s relationship with Nepal is at its lowest point since the five-month “Indian Blockade” of 2015. The gap between Kathmandu and New Delhi is widening as India has not been able to keep up with t…

People gathering at dusk in a park around a Nepali flag surrounded by candles on the ground