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May 26, 2020

Germany
Could the German International Arrest Warrant Against a GRU Hacker Prompt European Sanctions?

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…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference.

May 20, 2020

Global Governance
OECD Digital Tax Negotiations Thread the Sovereignty Needle

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.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks from a podium in Brussels, Belgium.

April 16, 2020

Burkina Faso
The Confluence of Conflict, Corruption, and Coronavirus in Burkina 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.

A woman pushes a barrel that resembles an oil drum on its side on a cart over the dusty ground as a man rides the opposite direction on his bike. There are trees and homes in the background. The barrel is filled with water she bought from a privately-owned water tower, amid an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Taabtenga district of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on April 3, 2020.

January 28, 2020

West Africa
Cutting U.S. Military Support for France in West Africa Would Be a Mistake

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a press conference ahead of a G5 Sahel force meeting, with the heads of state for G5 Sahel countries, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, July 2, 2018.

January 14, 2020

France
France and G5 Sahel Recommit Themselves as U.S. Mulls Drawdown

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. 

France's President Emmanuel Macron with the G5 Sahel heads of state deliver a news conference as part of the G5 Sahel summit on the situation in the Sahel region in Pau, France January 13, 2020

January 8, 2020

Russia
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Crisis Between Russia and Ukraine

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…

Ukrainian soldiers ride on top of a tank during military exercises in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine on December 3, 2018.

December 23, 2019

Global
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2019

If you are feeling a bit exhausted as 2019 comes to a close, you aren’t alone. It has been a busy year on the world scene. A seemingly unending parade of summits, crises, and protests have dominated …

Hong Kong Protests

December 6, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: NATO and the Future of Transatlantic Relations

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting at Iowa State University on December 4, 2019. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

November 25, 2019

Europe
Europe Wants Strategic Autonomy, but That Is Much Easier Said Than Done

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. …

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take part in the launching of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).

November 18, 2019

France
At the Paris Peace Forum, Europe Makes the Case for Multilateralism

European leaders are championing multilateral cooperation as the United States continues its turn away from global leadership.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech at the start of the Paris Peace Forum.