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January 12, 2021

State and Local Governments
How COVID-19 Is Harming State and City Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is placing enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, threatening deep and potentially lasting cuts to education, infrastructure, and other important investment…

Four people wait in line at an unemployment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

October 8, 2020

China
To Understand China’s Aggressive Foreign Policy, Look at Its Domestic Politics

In the past six months, Chinese foreign policy appears to have taken a dramatic and aggressive turn. One way to understand this assertive foreign policy is through the lens of China's internal politi…

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army march outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on September 8, 2020.

August 28, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Anti-War Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that highlight the costs of war.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Hotel Rwanda/Amazon; Born on the Fourth of July/TV Guide; Gallipoli/IMDB; Paths of Glory/Amazon; Full Metal Jacket/TV Guide; All Quiet on the Western Front/IMDB

August 20, 2020

China
Cyber Week in Review: August 20, 2020

Beijing blasts Israel for moving to ban Chinese equipment from 5G networks; Commerce Department restricts Huawei’s access to global chip market; Indian lawmakers call on Facebook to answer questions …

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver joint statements.

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 31, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: The Taft-Katsura Memorandum

The question of how the United States should respond to the rise of China has dominated the foreign policy debate in recent years. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the days of cooperative e…

Taft Katsura

July 29, 2020

Yemen
Yemen in Crisis

Yemen’s internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an escalating political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Five Houthis ride atop a military vehicle.

June 19, 2019

Iran
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and Hard Power

I woke up this morning thinking I would write a blog explaining just how challenging it would be for Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz for a prolonged period of time. This is not to say that there c…

Explosions that damaged two tankers south of the Strait of Hormuz on June 13, 2019 come a month after four vessels were targeted in "sabotage attacks" off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

June 18, 2019

Iran
The Strait of Hormuz: A U.S.-Iran Maritime Flash Point

The narrow and congested Mideast waterway has become a site of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions. Conflict in the wake of tanker attacks there could jolt global oil supplies.

Iranian sailors pass oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

May 19, 2020

Economic Crises
How Will Aviation Giants Emerge From the Pandemic?

The coronavirus has cut into few industries more deeply than aviation and aerospace, putting some strategically important companies in dire financial straits.