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October 26, 2020

Military Operations
What Are the Laws Governing Military Force During U.S. Elections?

The prospect of a contested U.S. presidential election has spurred concerns about militias appearing at voting locations. State and federal laws have strict guidelines for any deployment of forces at…

Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

October 2, 2020

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The Future of the WTO: The Candidates Assess

The World Trade Organization is selecting its next director-general at a time of rising stress on the system of global trade rules. Here’s how the candidates answered CFR’s questions.

WTO director generals empty chair

September 22, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Flawed U.S. Effort to Revive Iran Sanctions

The Trump administration’s case for invoking “snapback” sanctions against Iran for violating the nuclear deal rests on shallow arguments that have left Washington alone in efforts to pressure Tehran…

Ambassador Kelly Craft watches Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk about the nuclear deal after a UN Security Council meeting

September 21, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t Only About Iran. There’s Also Turkey.

Israel and the UAE both see Iran as a mutual enemy, but their decision to normalize relations also helps them form a united front against Turkey’s growing regional influence.

A child sits on a man's shoulders and holds the Turkish and Palestinian flags.

September 21, 2020

Europe and Eurasia
France vs. Turkey: A Showdown in the Mediterranean Is Brewing

With Washington absent and Berlin indifferent, it has fallen to Paris to deter and defuse the situation.

Three Greek and French military vessels sail in formation in the Mediterraneans Sea.

September 3, 2020

World Trade Organization (WTO)
What to Know About the Race to Lead the WTO

World Trade Organization members are in the process of selecting a new leader, who will be charged with steering the WTO at a critical moment for the future of international trade.

A picture shows the empty seat and desk of the World Trade Organization director-general prior to a general council in Geneva.

August 18, 2020

Trade
Trump’s Trade Wars, and Now COVID-19, Are Unraveling Trade As We Know It

In this new analysis for World Politics Review, I take a deep dive into what is happening with global supply chains, whether the United States and China are moving towards economic "decoupling," and …

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping

August 13, 2020

China
To the Brink With China

A Sino-American cold war, or even an actual one, is not inevitable, but either is more likely now than just months ago.

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Meet

July 25, 2020

China
What Mike Pompeo doesn’t understand about China, Richard Nixon and U.S. foreign policy

Secretary Pompeo, advocating a policy of transforming China, is proposing a course that is bound to fail.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Delivers a Speech on China at the Nixon Library

June 15, 2020

World Order
The World Waits for No Country

While the United States has turned inward, focusing primarily on domestic challenges, history has not stopped.

Trump walks away