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June 20, 2019

Botswana
Personal Rivalries Overshadow Botswana's Democracy

The feud between current President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor and former boss, Ian Khama, sometimes reads like highlights of an overwrought soap opera. The latest dramatic turn saw Khama renouncing his membership in the party his revered father helped found, complaining that his legacy was being dismantled, and encouraging others to throw away their BDP membership cards.

Former Botswana President Ian Khama at the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, November 11, 2016.

July 30, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
The 2019 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Human trafficking is more than a gross violation of human rights—it is also a security challenge. On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Jamille Bigio explores the security implications of huma…

Suay Ing, daughter of migrant construction workers from Myanmar, was fourteen years old when she was trafficked to Bangkok, Thailand, by a broker who promised her a job and abandoned her. May 25, 2015.

November 8, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Climate Change, the Middle East, and Defense Policy

Each week, I look at what the presidential candidates are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail. 

Elizabeth Warren speaks to a crowd in Raleigh.

November 4, 2019

India
India Says No to Trade Bloc. Will It Ever Say Yes to Tough Reforms?

It shouldn’t really surprise that in the end, after seven long years of deliberation, India decided against joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The Narendra Modi govern…

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha shake hands at the RCEP summit in Bangkok, Thailand

October 24, 2019

South Africa
Leader of South Africa’s Opposition Quits Party and Parliament

On October 23, Mmusi Maimane resigned as the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA). His resignation was preceded by that of the DA mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba on October 21, and immediately followed by that of the party’s federal chairperson, Athol Trollip.

Mmusi Maimane casts his vote at a polling station

October 22, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s King Consolidates Power—Stripping His Consort of Titles is Just a Tiny Fraction of His Increasing Power

Earlier this week, Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn stripped his consort of all her titles, claiming that she had been disloyal and was essentially trying to take the place of the king. He had only app…

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, the royal consort, pose at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 27, 2019.

October 18, 2019

United States
Trump Kills the G7's Legitimacy

Questions of legitimacy have long plagued the G7. The Trump administration's announcement of the Trump National Doral resort as the venue for next year's summit marks a new low.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to a news conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.

October 15, 2019

South Africa
U.S. Treasury Moves Against South Africa’s Corrupt Gupta Family

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S Treasury has formally sanctioned on October 10 members of the Gupta family and associates, who are members of a “significant corruption network in South Africa.” Under the sanction, all Gupta property in the United States is blocked and must be reported to OFAC.

Sigal Mandelker addresses a press roundtable and gestures with her hand.

October 8, 2019

Cybersecurity
Ctrl + Shift + Delete: The GDPR’s Influence on National Security Posture

While the GDPR's "right to be forgotten" expands personal data privacy rights, it could complicate intelligence agencies' data collection efforts by allowing terrorists to request to have social medi…

A 3D-printed Twitter logo is seen in front of a computer screen on which an Islamic State flag is displayed

October 11, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Syrian Kurds, the NBA, and LGBTQ Rights

Each week, I look at what the presidential candidates are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail. 

People flee Turkish air strikes in Ras al Ain along the northern Syrian border.