May 26, 2020Germany
Germany's federal prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant for suspected GRU hacker Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin. This hints at the use of the European Union's Cyber Sanctions Regime to pun…
May 20, 2020Global Governance
The OECD Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting shows how to balance the demands of national sovereignty with the realities of contemporary globalization.
April 16, 2020Burkina Faso
Before the coronavirus arrived, Burkina faced growing fighting among rival jihadi terrorists that the share goal of the destruction of the state, rival political and ethnic militias, political groups associated with the business community, remnants of the networks of former dictator Blaise Compaore, deposed in 2014, and the state security services.
January 28, 2020West Africa
Since the last defense review more than a year ago, there has been a shift in U.S. defense priorities from countering terrorism to great power competition. Since then, the Department of Defense has been considering a drawdown of U.S. military assets in Africa, especially West Africa, presumably for redeployment to arenas of great power competition. That would be a mistake.
January 14, 2020France
President Emmanuel Macron of France hosted a summit in Pau, southwestern France, with the heads of state of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauretania, and Niger. The purpose of the summit was to improve military coordination against insurgents with a particular focus on the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and al-Qaeda affiliate Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM). Macron also sought, and received from the African chiefs of state, an endorsement of France’s continued presence in the region. He, in turn, pledged a small increase in the number of French soldiers to be deployed there.
January 8, 2020Russia
This year, a severe crisis between Russia and Ukraine following increased fighting in eastern Ukraine, and/or a major military clash in contested areas, was included as a top tier priority in the Cen…
December 6, 2019Election 2020
Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy.
November 25, 2019Europe
Achieving strategic autonomy will require Europeans to develop a coherent strategic culture, reach agreement on priorities, and reassure U.S. leaders that greater autonomy is complementary to NATO. …
November 18, 2019France
European leaders are championing multilateral cooperation as the United States continues its turn away from global leadership.