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June 7, 2024

Election 2024
Election 2024: Joe Biden Makes the Case for Allies and Alliances

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: President Joe Biden spoke with Time magazine about the importance of alliances to U.S. security.

U.S. President Joe Biden visits the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument

June 3, 2024

Thailand
Thailand’s Draconian 112 Lèse-majesté Law: Any Hope for Change?

A repressive law limiting criticism of the Thai monarchy has placed the current king beyond reproach, but popular discontent with the legislation and the monarchy is growing. 

Thai King wears a white military dress uniform while carrying a sword and walking during a military procession.

May 23, 2024

United States
The President’s Inbox Recap: America’s New Cold Wars

The post-Cold War era is over and a dangerous new era of great power competition has begun.

Xi and Putin as viewed walking on a red carpet.

May 21, 2024

Taiwan
Analyzing Lai Ching-te’s Inaugural Address: More Continuity Than Difference

In his inaugural address, Taiwan’s new president Lai Ching-te signaled broad continuity on cross-strait issues. China, however, is likely to respond with increased pressure. 

Taiwan's new President Lai Ching-te delivers his inaugural speech in Taipei, Taiwan on May 20, 2024.

May 17, 2024

Election 2024
Election 2024: Biden Raises Tariffs on China

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: President Joe Biden imposed new tariffs on Chinese imports, raising tensions with Beijing and slowi…

Biden as viewed standing at a podium in a navy suit.

May 13, 2024

Taiwan
Taiwan’s Democracy Is Thriving in China’s Shadow

Despite China’s growing pressure, Taiwan has developed one of the world’s strongest democracies—one that will be increasingly tested in the coming years. 

Electoral workers count votes for a 2021 referendum at a ballot counting center in Taipei, Taiwan.

May 12, 2024

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
UN Halves Its Estimate of Women and Children Killed in Gaza

Between May 6 and May 8, the UN cut in half its estimates of the number of women and children killed in Gaza. The estimates were based on Hamas numbers and are a reminder that all fatality estimates …

May 10, 2024

Digital Policy
Cyber Week in Review: May 10, 2024

State Department releases digital diplomacy strategy; Microsoft bans police from using AI facial recognition; sixty eight companies sign CISA pledge; researchers discover whale alphabet; Microsoft in…

People walk past a poster simulating facial recognition software at the Security China 2018 exhibition on public safety and security in Beijing, China on October 24, 2018

May 3, 2024

United States
Election 2024: Trump Talks Foreign Policy With Time Magazine

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Donald Trump gave his most detailed interview on foreign policy yet. He made some dubious claims bu…

Trump

April 3, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
The President’s Inbox Recap: The War in Gaza

Sunday marks the six-month anniversary of Hamas's attack on Israel.

Two Israeli military vehicles as viewed driving on a road.