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April 6, 2020

Oil and Petroleum Products
Oil Ground Zero: Running Out of Storage

In recent days, the Donald J. Trump administration appears to have been sending mixed messages about oil. Typically, low oil prices can be a stimulus to the U.S. economy, but that is in situations wh…

 A local mural takes on new meaning while a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery truck pauses at a traffic light, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2020.

April 3, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Coronavirus, Foreign Policy, and Election 2020

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus’s impact on Election 2020, calls for sanctions relief for Iran, and authoritarian …

A blue sign that says "VOTE" with an arrow points voters toward a polling station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the 2018 midterm elections.

March 30, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
As COVID-19 Runs Rampant, the UN Security Council Must Act

The disastrous stalemate between the United States and China is preventing the UN Security Council from issuing a powerful resolution, or even a declaration, to mobilize the international system agai…

The chairs of the UN Security Council sit empty at UN headquarters

March 27, 2020

South Korea
Unmasking Differing U.S. and South Korean Approaches to COVID-19

Policies governing face masks and other protective equipment access have revealed the high political stakes of government responses to the crisis in an election year in both countries.

Medical staff in protective gear work at a 'drive-thru' testing center for COVID-19 in Yeungnam University Medical Center in Daegu, South Korea, on March 3, 2020.

March 26, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Multilateral System Still Cannot Get Its Act Together on COVID-19

In the absence of U.S. leadership, multilateral responses to COVID-19 have been inadequate to date.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaks via video link as he sits at a desk, with a monitor displaying "G20" in the background.

March 26, 2020

Coronavirus
Quarantined: Federalism in Action at Home and Abroad

The rapid spread of the coronavirus in the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a new reality for most—if not all—Americans, as a growing number of U.S. states have imposed a variety of stay-at-home direct…

Woman in Italy wearing protective mask during coronavirus

March 23, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Global Leadership Is in Quarantine Just When It Is Needed Most

Contrasting the current pandemic with past crises underscores U.S. President Donald J. Trump's abdication of global leadership.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks into a microphone as he declares the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency.

March 20, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Will Joe Biden Change His Foreign Policy?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democratic visions for a new direction in foreign policy, calls for a relaxation of U.S. sanctions…

Former Vice President Joe Biden gestures forward as he stands behind a podium at the March 15 Democratic primary debate in Washington, DC.

March 19, 2020

Oil and Petroleum Products
Oil Price War: Is U.S. Shale The First To Blink?

As the oil price war continues, markets are hanging on every word coming from Washington, Moscow and Riyadh, amid signs that diplomacy could be afoot. A statement by the Kremlin’s presidential spokes…

Sarah Mandel (R) of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and representing the organization Food and Water Watch, holds a banner as she takes part in a small anti-fracking protest in front of the White House in Washington November 3, 2015. Thanks to the fracking boom that has helped boost U.S. oil production 80 percent since 2008 and slashed the country's crude imports, the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve is brimming. The world's largest supply of government-owned emergency oil holds 695 million barrels, the equivale

March 13, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 13, 2020

Twitter labels selectively-edited video of Joe Biden “manipulated content”; Cyberspace Solarium Commission releases long-awaited report; Governments push tech companies to take down coronavirus misin…

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., March 12, 2020.