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August 25, 2022

China
Macron’s Algeria Trip, Drought in China, Anniversary of Afghanistan Withdrawal, and More

The United States marks one year since its military withdrawal from Afghanistan; China goes through a severe drought, with repercussions for agriculture, energy, and supply chains; and French Preside…

Podcast A person takes a break after attempting to put out a brush fire during a drought in Nanchang, China. Thomas Peter/Reuters

November 14, 2022

Germany
Germany’s China Policy: Has It Learned From Its Dependency on Russia?

The German economy remains heavily dependent on China, its largest trading partner, despite mounting geopolitical tensions between the West and Beijing.

April 20, 2022

France
Macron vs. Le Pen: What’s at Stake in the French Election?

Even if French President Emmanuel Macron is able to fend off the challenge from his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, he could struggle to form an effective government.

April 26, 2018

France
Emmanuel Macron and the Franco-American Ties That Bind

In an indirect rebuke to Trump, French President Macron staunchly defended multilateral cooperation as the only answer to the world’s ills in his congressional address, underscoring why France remain…

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. on April 25, 2018.

May 8, 2017

France
What Emmanuel Macron's Victory Means for French and U.S. Tech

Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency--the youngest man ever to accede to the Élysée palace. But what does it mean for French and U.S. tech?

Supporters of Emmanuel Macron celebrate near the Louvre museum.

July 14, 2021

West Africa
French President Macron Expands on Sahel Drawdown Plan

French President Emmanuel Macron announced yesterday that Operation Barkhane, the French counterterrorism force fighting jihadis in the Sahel, will end in the first quarter of 2022. This follows a recent announcement that the French president plans to cut in half the French presence in the Sahel and reorganize what will remain as specialized regional forces, while also contributing to Task Force Takuba, the recently established EU force with a remit similar to that of Barkhane.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum sit at a table with their countries' flags behind them, along with an EU flag. Other leaders of G5 Sahel countries are seen on a screen in the background.

September 15, 2020

Lebanon
Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower

The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?

January 28, 2021

France
Macron Signals Upcoming Reduction of French Military Presence in the Sahel

On January 19, French President Emmanuel Macron said that recent successes against jihadis and the pledge of additional EU troops makes it possible to "adjust" its military operations in the western Sahel.

French President Emmanuel Macron and interim Malian President Bah Ndaw are seen outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, both wearing suits and masks. On either side are palace guards, both wearing masks. The guard on the right side of the picture has his hand at salute.

October 28, 2022

United Kingdom
The Prime Minister’s Inbox: The United Kingdom and the Challenges Ahead

Following the resignation of Liz Truss and selection of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, panelists discuss the economic and political challenges facing the United Kingdom (UK), including calls for a gener…

Play Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing St

May 10, 2017

France
After Macron Win, Political Challenges Await

Political newcomer Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory in France's presidential elections, but the new president will face major challenges to forming a governing coalition.