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November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

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November 8, 2018

World Order
History Echoes as Trump Heads to Armistice Day Centennial

The turbulent aftermath of World War I informs our troubled times and reminds us of the potency of nationalism, the attraction of authoritarianism, the risks of economic fragmentation, the temptation…

A soldier's helmet hangs on a wooden cross on Armistice Day in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 11, 2006.

October 19, 2018

Donald Trump
The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership

The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership, my latest book with Ivo H. Daalder, just debuted. It chronicles President Trump’s first eighteen months directing U.S. foreign policy. We …

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August 20, 2018

Afghanistan War
A Year On, Pakistan Still the Weak Link in U.S. South Asia Strategy

One year on, the Donald J. Trump administration's South Asia strategy has not resulted in definitive improvements along its pillars, and the Trump administration could do more to increase pressure on…

U.S troops walk at their base in Logar province

August 27, 2018

Russia
Russia Wants a Deal with the United States on Cyber Issues. Why Does Washington Keep Saying No?

On at least three occasions in the last two years, Russia has proposed cybersecurity cooperation with the United States only to be told no. Here are three reasons why. 

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August 8, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Unpacking the Canadian/Saudi Spat

Last week, the Saudi government arrested two prominent women’s activists, the latest move in a series of incarcerations targeting women’s and civil society leaders in the Gulf kingdom. 

Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in east Saudi Arabia.

August 2, 2018

Refugees and Displaced Persons
The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven’t Heard About

The United Nations Refugee Agency reports that one person is forcibly displaced from their home every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. We have seen the photographs of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon, and read about Somali refugees flooding into Yemen. Worldwide, refugees—citizens who flee their own country for another—number more than 20 million. But that number is dwarfed by a more silent and devastating crisis: the over 40 million who are internally displaced. 

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August 3, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 3, 2018

This week: Google planning a censored search engine for the Chinese market, taking down a cybercrime ring, Facebook removes "inauthentic accounts," and internet disruptions in Mali. 

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August 2, 2018

China
Is ‘Made in China 2025’ a Threat to Global Trade?

China’s industrial policy is aimed at rapidly expanding its high-tech sectors and developing its advanced manufacturing base. The plan is seen as a threat by President Trump , and could escalate the trade war.

Microchip production in China

July 2, 2018

United States
The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch along the fence next to the U.S.-Mexican border in Calexico, California, February 2017.