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January 29, 2024

Philippines
Marcos Jr. Moves the Philippines Dramatically Closer to the United States

Unlike other Southeast Asian leaders, President Marcos Jr. has chosen to explicitly align the Philippines with the United States and confront China more directly.

Philippine President Marcos wears a white button-down shirt while he walks past white colonnades with U.S. President Biden, who wears a blue suit.

October 19, 2023

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
What International Law Has to Say About the Israel-Hamas War

Hamas’s attack on Israel and the ensuing war in the Gaza Strip raise a host of questions about the combatants’ legal obligations.

Israeli soldiers lined up in a field near the border with the Gaza Strip.

January 23, 2024

Israel
U.S. Aid to Israel in Four Charts

Israel has long been the leading recipient of U.S. foreign aid, including military support. That aid has come under heightened scrutiny amid Israel’s war to eliminate Hamas.

U.S. and Israeli army officers talk in front a Patriot missile defense system.

January 11, 2024

U.S. Foreign Policy Program
What to Do About Coups

Nothing may seem more obvious to supporters of democracy than the need to oppose, punish, and deter coups. But defining a coup, let alone reacting sensibly to one, is difficult for many democratic go…

A group of men approach and bang with their hands a military tank in a downtown street at night.

November 28, 2023

Ukraine
Russia Must Be Held Accountable for Alleged Criminal Aggression in Ukraine: Two Paths to Justice

The authors, including a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, UN Undersecretary-General for Legal Affairs, Founding Chief Prosecutor of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, an…

Flags representing fallen soldiers, including foreign soldiers, are seen in the snow on Independence Square, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on December 22, 2022.

December 21, 2023

United States
These Eight Charts Show Why Fentanyl Is a Huge Foreign Policy Problem

Overdoses involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the leading cause of death among young Americans and a threat to U.S. public health, the economy, and national security. Combating the epi…

October 4, 2023

Armenia
Ethnic Cleansing Is Happening in Nagorno-Karabakh. How Can the World Respond?

Azerbaijan’s push into the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh is drawing comparisons to other episodes of ethnic cleansing. What can be done under international law?

Refugees wait to cross the border at a checkpoint on the so-called Lachin Corridor between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia on September 26, 2023.

September 27, 2023

Human Rights
The Fate of Justice in Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks

While the final chapter of the Russia-Ukraine war has yet to be written, the prospects of any negotiations to achieve a just and lasting peace remain distant. But it is not too soon to consider how a…

April 24, 2023

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Working Together Toward Accountability: How the ICC and a Special Tribunal on Aggression Can Work Together on Ukraine

Accountability in law is a cornerstone for more stable societies. Both domestically and internationally holding those who step away from the law accountable deters the future perpetration of crimes. …