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October 6, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Losing the Long Game

The definitive account of how regime change in the Middle East has proven so tempting to American policymakers for decades—and why it always seems to go wrong.

July 14, 2020

Nigeria
The Prospect of Local Policing Amid Security Breakdown in Nigeria

Amotekun, known officially as the Western Nigeria Security Network, is funded by the governors and has the blessing of traditional Yoruba leaders. The Nigerian National Assembly is considering recognition and authorization of regional police forces.

A police officer in dark pants and a blue, short-sleeved shirt with a black cap, tried to block the path of protestors carrying signs on a street in Abuja. He is armed with a baton.

July 14, 2020

China
The United Kingdom Bans Huawei From 5G Networks

Amid pressure by the United States, the coronavirus pandemic, and China's crackdown on Hong Kong, the United Kingdom has banned Huawei equipment from its 5G networks.

A sign reading "Boris Stop Huawei" is seen next to the M40 motorway.

July 14, 2020

Global Governance
The Politics of a COVID-19 Vaccine

Governments must prepare now to avoid “catastrophic success” once a Covid-19 vaccine emerges

Vaccine

July 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Did Iran Suffer a Nuclear Setback?

An explosion has caused heavy damage to an Iranian nuclear facility just as the country approaches a bold new energy partnership with China, but Iran shows no signs of slowing down its nuclear progra…

July 9, 2020

Afghanistan
The False Promise of Peace in Afghanistan

There is a significant risk of the peace process in Afghanistan collapsing or stalling indefinitely. In a new report from the Center for Preventive Action, Seth G. Jones details steps the United Stat…

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan's Taliban and the United States in Doha, Qatar on February 29, 2020.

July 8, 2020

China
Slouching Toward Phase One

On current trends, goods exports to China will struggle to reach their 2017 level—there won't be any big gains from the Phase One deal.

US Goods Exports to China Cumulative Comp and projections for 2020

July 7, 2020

Labor and Employment
U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker Visa Programs

The United States has long accepted hundreds of thousands of foreign workers each year, but the Trump administration has blocked many of these visas as unemployment among the domestic labor force has…

Agricultural workers from Bud Farms harvest celery on March 26, 2020, in Oxnard, California.

July 2, 2020

United States
U.S. Natural Gas: Once Full of Promise, Now in Retreat

This is a guest post by Gabriela Hasaj, Research Associate to the Military Fellowship Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Tessa Schreiber, intern for Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy at the…

U.S. President Donald Trump appears before workers at Cameron LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) Export Facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, U.S., May 14, 2019.

July 2, 2020

Belgium
Belgium Begins to Confront Its Brutal Colonial Past in Congo

Following anti-racism protests in Belgium, King Philippe, in a letter to Felix Tshisekedi, president of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), expressed his "regret" over his country’s exploitation of DRC.

Belgian King Philippe sits at a dark wooden table in a black suit, black tie, and white shirt. His hands are folded and his face is somber, with his silver-white hair combed down. To the left is a Belgian flag on a vertical flag pole; to the right are two family framed pictures sitting on a low bookcase.