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September 29, 2022

India
The Success of U.S.-India Cooperation Depends on Indian Democracy

The erosion of press freedoms is just one example of India’s authoritarian turn. If India’s democracy weakens further, can the United States continue to view it as a counterpoint to China?

Headshot of Suhasini Haidar

March 24, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
U.S. Shoots Itself in the Foot over Visas for Africans

Each year the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit. It is intended to bring together business, government, and others interested in U.S.-African …

Passport Africa Visa

November 29, 2012

Japan
Gerald L. Curtis: The Declinist Debate is a Diversion

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Is Japan in dec…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

August 16, 2022

Ukraine
Amnesty International's Attack on Ukraine

Amnesty International's recent attack on Ukraine raises yet again the issue of how the size, governance, and influence of the largest human rights organizations may damage the cause of human rights.

November 27, 2012

China
China’s J-15 Carrier Operations: Putting One Foot in Front of the Other

Colonel Brian Killough is the U.S. Air Force Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. On November 25, the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) announced that it had successfully landed a fig…

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is seen docked at Dalian Port, in Dalian, China, on September 23, 2012.

June 14, 2022

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The U.S. Army turns 247 years old today.  

Two soldiers hold a U.S. flag behind a soldier administering an oath to another solider on a beach.

August 29, 2022

Nigeria
Nigerian Higher Education at a Crossroads

The Nigerian government and university professors stare each other down as the fate of the country’s tertiary education hangs in the balance.

Hundreds of people wearing colorful shirts march in a ralley in Abuja, Nigeria.

May 27, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: French Minister Denies Rape Accusations

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers May 21 to May 27.

Feminist activists hold a banner reading "ministry of shame" during a protest against the appointments of French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin in the new French government, in front of the city hall in Paris, France on July 10, 2020.

August 4, 2022

United States
Happy 232nd Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!

The U.S. Coast Guard marks 232 years of service.

Two Coast Guardsmen search a low profile vessel in front of a large, white Coast Guard ship.

June 28, 2022

Technology and Innovation
Artificial Intelligence’s Environmental Costs and Promise

Artificial intelligence has been cited as a potential tool for combatting climate change. Technology companies, however, need to do more to prevent AI from becoming a source of environmental degradat…

Elon Musk stands in front of an all red background while holding a microphone with the tesla logo emblazoned on it.