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October 16, 2018

United States
The Empty Throne

American diplomacy is in shambles under Trump, but beneath the daily chaos is an erosion of the postwar order that is even more dangerous. Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay give us a chilling account of why things are worse than they seem.

July 20, 2018

China
European Council President Donald Tusk and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrive to attend a EU-China Summit in Brussels, Belgium on June 2, 2017. Trading Places: How the EU-China Summit Underlined U.S. Isolationism in Trade Under Trump

Coauthored with Ashley Feng, research associate in the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. As the rest of the world is distracted by Presi…

July 19, 2018

North Korea
Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

July 17, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters ‘No First Use’ and Nuclear Weapons

Nearly all nuclear weapon states, as a matter of policy, remain ready to use their weapons without having first suffered a nuclear attack.

July 17, 2018

China
SenseTime China Facial Recognition The Rise of China's Security-Industrial Complex

Echoing former U.S. President Eisenhower's concerns, a new security-industrial complex is emerging in China. Unlike Eisenhower, however, China's leaders are embracing the security companies, who see …

July 16, 2018

Russia
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. The Oil Context of the Trump-Putin Meeting

There appears to be a list of conflicts and other kinds of issues that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin touched upon during their meeting in Helsinki, and progress on any…

July 12, 2018

Indo-Pacific
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India April 10, 2017. Adnan Abidi/Reuters Australia Wants to Boost Economic Ties With India

Australia's new India economic strategy shows how India's growing economic weight makes it an unavoidable economic partner, despite the challenges in navigating its market.

July 12, 2018

Donald Trump
Podcast President Trump speaks with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, in 2017. Trump Meets With Putin and Trade Talks Commence Between EU and China

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a summit in Helsinki, and China and the EU consider closer trade relations.

July 10, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa-Peacekeeping-UN-UNSC-Ghana Global Peacekeeping Operations Overwhelmingly African and in Africa

Africa hosts the largest number, with twenty-five missions. For perspective, there were eighteen in Europe, nine in the Middle East, six in Asia, and five in the Western Hemisphere. African peacekeeping accounted for some 75 percent of all peacekeeping personnel.