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January 20, 2021

Tanzania
Parting of Ways: Secretary Pompeo Announces Sanctions on Tanzania

On January 19, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo—on his last full day in the position—announced visa restrictions on “Tanzanian officials responsible for or complicit in undermining” the general elections held in late October last year.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his predecessor, Jakaya Kikwete, can be seen speaking to one another ahead of a speech for the ruling party, the Chama cha Mapinduzi. Kikwete is holding a microphone while Magufuli leans back laughing.

January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

January 11, 2021

United States
What Are Biden’s Actual Prospects for Reviving Transatlantic Relations?

Washington will need to work toward a more equal strategic partnership with Europe, rather than continue to assume U.S. leadership.

Then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the fifty-first Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on February 7, 2015.

January 7, 2021

South Korea
U.S.-South Korea Alliance: A New Vision For The Global Challenges Ahead

This article is co-authored with Chaesung Chun, Patrick Cronin and Sang-hyun Lee. The U.S.-South Korea alliance has survived for almost seven decades, and has sustained peace on the Korean peninsu…

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves upon his arrival at Yonsei University in Seoul on December 6, 2013.

January 5, 2021

China
"Road Kill in a Game of Chicken": China, Canada, and the United States

It has been over two years since Chinese officials detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. How the next U.S. administration handles this issue could foreshadow the future of U.S.-Canada…

People hold signs calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, in Vancouver, Canada on March 6, 2019.

January 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Events to Watch: Part 2

The effects of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia’s health, economies, and political systems will not be the only stories to watch in the region in 2021, although they will surely be among the most important…

Vietnam's Industry and Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh (C) signs as Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) witnesses during the signing ceremony of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement during the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 15, 2020.

January 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Events to Watch in 2021: Part 1

The past year was a highly eventful one in Southeast Asia. The region suffered significantly from the global pandemic, and yet it also contained some of the states with the best records on COVID-19 i…

A healthcare worker receives the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in Singapore on December 30, 2020

December 30, 2020

Ethiopia
Amid Misinformation and Suppressed Free Speech, Ethiopian Conflict Erodes Abiy's Credibility

As 2020 draws to a close, the terrible toll of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is coming into sharper focus. 

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed Ali at news conference after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway December 11, 2019.

December 22, 2020

Cybersecurity
No, the United States Does Not Spend Too Much on Cyber Offense

Contrary to arguments that the United States spends too much on cyber offense, more spending on offensive and defensive capabilities could be in the cards for the future.

SolarWinds Corp banner hangs at the New York Stock Exchange.

December 21, 2020

Japan
Japan-South Korea Relations and the Biden Factor

President-Elect Biden and his team come at a critical time for Japan-South Korea relations.

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki (C), U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) , and South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam pose at the start of their trilateral meeting, at the foreign ministry's Iikura guest house in Tokyo, Japan.