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January 15, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Spend Less on Defense?

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…

U.S. Air Force F-35A aircraft form up during an exercise at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

January 14, 2020

Trade
What to Look for in the “Phase One” U.S.-China Trade Deal

On Wednesday, January 15, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. President Donald J. Trump will sign the “phase one” trade agreement that has been in the works since the March 22, 2018, determination u…

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January 10, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: 2019 Year in Review

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 highlights the top news stories of 2019 and was com…

Women participate in a demonstration against gender violence, in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 6, 2019.

October 3, 2018

Yemen
America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on September 27, 2018.  Until the bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000, for U.S. policymakers, Yemen was a place of khat chews, faux touris…

Abdullah al-Khawlani sits by his son Waleed's grave, who was killed by last month's Saudi-led air strike that killed dozens, including children in Saada, Yemen September 4, 2018. His other son, Hafidh, who survived the strike, sits next to him.

January 7, 2020

Central America
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: Worsening Conditions in the Northern Triangle

This year, deteriorating economic and security conditions in the Northern Triangle, resulting in increased migration outflows from the region, was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Pr…

Thousands of migrants from Central America travel through Mexico on their way to the United States, on October 27, 2018.

January 7, 2020

Iran
Death of Iranian General Soleimani Provokes Muted Reaction in Africa’s Giants

Nigeria and South Africa are the giants of Africa, with the two largest economies on the continent.  Both have had long-term relationships with Iran, though South Africa’s has been the closer. Thus far, the official reaction to Soleimani’s death from Nigeria and South Africa has been muted or non-existent, reflecting caution. Though the Nigerian inspector general of police has put his forces on “red alert,” likely fearing action by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) or other alleged Iranian proxies, there has been no apparent word from the government. In South Africa, the fiercest reaction came from the African National Congress (ANC), while Naledi Pandor, the South African foreign minister, called for calm.

Women hold pictures of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, during a funeral procession and burial at his hometown in Kerman, Iran, on January 7, 2020.

January 6, 2020

North Korea
Flexibility On Denuclearization Necessary for North Korea’s Economic Development

Although Kim Jong-un’s latest words on New Year’s Eve are a cause for concern, they seem to be aimed at gaining negotiating leverage rather than indicative of a real change in North Korea’s trajector…

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the Third Enlarged Meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in this undated photo released on December 22, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

December 31, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Fleeing Home: Refugees and Human Trafficking

Global refugee flows are currently at the highest levels in history. While many refugees already face perilous journeys, harsh living conditions in camps, and discrimination in host countries, they a…

Rohingya refugee at Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

December 30, 2019

Global
Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2019

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 2019 who through…

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July 23, 2018

Trade
Latin America Looks Past the United States on Trade

This weekend a beleaguered Argentina hosted the G-20 finance ministers to work out the agenda for their leaders’ December conclave in Buenos Aires. While officially focused on infrastructure and the …

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Argentina's Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne attend a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 21, 2018.