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.