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December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

October 13, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 245 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

Navy

October 2, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Provides an October Surprise

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: The news that President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus injects new uncertainty into Elec…

President Donald Trump walks outside the White House.

July 31, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: The Taft-Katsura Memorandum

The question of how the United States should respond to the rise of China has dominated the foreign policy debate in recent years. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the days of cooperative e…

Taft Katsura

December 11, 2019

China
Yes, Virginia, China Is Exporting Its Model

Last week I took part in a debate at CSIS on the topic of whether China seeks to export its development model.  For me, the answer to this question is self-evident: of course it does. Yet as I prepar…

Chinese President Xi Jinping raises his glass and proposes a toast at the end of his speech during the welcome banquet, after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, April 26, 2019.

April 12, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Continued Power of Militaries in an Increasingly Autocratic World

Three events this week served as a reminder that, in a world where democracy is buffeted on many fronts—the rise of populists who often undermine the rule of law, a growing disinterest in democracy p…

Prabowo_4.10.2019

March 13, 2019

Zimbabwe
Welcome Legal Reforms Undermined by Repression in Zimbabwe

In the run-up to last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe, hope was palpable in Harare. Civil society activists, journalists, and business leaders marveled at how political space had opened up in the wake of the coup that ousted longtime President Robert Mugabe. It was as if an entire country had opened up the windows to let in fresh air. However, these victories for Zimbabwe are ringing hollow because they occur against an alarming backdrop of state-sponsored violence and intimidation.

People arrested during protests wait to appear in the Magistrates court in Harare, Zimbabwe, January 16, 2019.

February 21, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Tulsi Gabbard announced on March 19, 2020, that she was ending her campaign. Most Democrats running for president in 2020 are focused on domestic issues. Not Tulsi Gabbard. The Iraq War ve…

Gabbard 2020

October 31, 2018

Russia
U.S. Cyber Command Targeted Russian Operatives to Deter Election Meddling. Here’s Why.

Although anonymity is generally prized for successful cyber operations, it might not be ideal in all cases, especially if the United States wants to deter an Russia spreading disinformation. 

Pentagon

June 28, 2018

United States
What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

summer reading 2018