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November 15, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: The Democratic Foreign Policy Establishment Embraces Joe Biden

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

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd after filing for the New Hampshire presidential primary on November 8.

February 25, 2019

Southeast Asia
Populism Might Not Be Ebbing

In early 2018, I wrote a short article for the Washington Post, arguing that the global populism wave would likely continue sweeping through countries that year—despite the fact that, at least in par…

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December 22, 2017

Zimbabwe
Sweet Deal for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe as Allies Face Jail or Exile

Robert Mugabe receives immunity for himself, a $10 million exit package, and protection for his wife Grace as his former allies face jail time as President Mnangagwa cracks down on the "criminals" that were allegedly behind his removal as vice president.

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July 30, 2017

Israel
The Next Israel-Hezbollah Conflict

During the Obama years, concerns about Israel’s security situation focused on the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Today, the focus is changing: to the growing Iranian military presence in Syria, the…

January 13, 2016

"Every One Shall Sit in Safety Under His Own Vine and Fig Tree"

In August, 1790 George Washington visited Newport, Rhode Island. That visit occasioned a famous exchange of letters between Washington and the "Hebrew Congregations of Newport," in which the Jews of …

May 20, 2014

Immigration and Migration
Mexico as a Global Player

Last week, Foreign Affairs hosted a full day conference on Mexico, to talk about the country as a regional and global player. Panel topics included U.S.-Mexico cooperation, bilateral trade, regional …

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April 29, 2013

Rule of Law
Human Rights and Access to Legal Representation

Last week a federal judge ruled that mentally disabled immigrants facing deportation have a right to representation in immigration proceedings, and ordered immigration courts in Arizona, California, …

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May 15, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: SpaceX Shoots for ISS on Saturday

Space commercialization may take a small step forward on Saturday (NYT). SpaceX is planning to launch the first commercial capsule to the International Space Station (ISS). If successful, SpaceX’s Dr…

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon capsule lifts off from Cape Canaveral for a test flight in 2010. (Scott Audette/Courtesy Reuters)

May 27, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Donald Trump Talks Energy

Donald Trump laid out his “America First Energy Plan” yesterday at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. As with his America First foreign policy address last mon…

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October 20, 2015

China
In for a Yuan, in for a Pound: Is the United Kingdom Making a Bad Bet on China?

What exactly is the objection to UK Chancellor George Osborne’s desire for the United Kingdom to be Beijing’s “best partner in the West” and to have a “relationship that is second to none”? After all…

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