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September 6, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mugabe and the Zimbabwe He Left Behind

Robert Mugabe, who ruled over Zimbabwe for 37 years, died on September 6. His was an undeniably epic life of glaring contradictions. He was a passionate voice for the liberation of the Zimbabwean people from the injustice and humiliation of white minority rule, but a brutal oppressor when those same people sought to exercise political freedom.

Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe looks on before casting his vote in Highfields outside Harare July 31, 2013

October 25, 2019

Sudan
Women This Week: Sudan's First Female Chief Justice

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, covering October 11 to October 24, was compiled by…

Sudanese protesters march during a demonstration Khartoum, Sudan July 2019.

September 10, 2019

Election 2020
The 2020 Presidential Candidates: In Their Own Words

The Democratic and Republican presidential contenders have begun defining their approach to major foreign policy issues as they jockey for position in their parties’ primaries.

The Presidential Seal

December 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.

Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.

A demonstrator wearing a mask of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a protest outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

September 19, 2018

United Nations General Assembly
The United Nations Braces for Donald Trump's Second Appearance—And He Should Prepare for Blowback

Next week Donald J. Trump returns to the United Nations for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly. While Trump exceeded expectations during his first UN appearance last year, he will face mor…

President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.

November 21, 2013

Iran
Friedman: There He Goes Again

Here’s an interesting quote: Never have I seen Israel and America’s core Arab allies working more in concert to stymie a major foreign policy initiative of a sitting U.S. president, and never have I…

November 29, 2017

United States
Trump Might Seem Pro-Business … But He Could Do Great Harm to Business

Throughout his first ten months in office, President Trump has portrayed himself not only as a champion for workers—a debatable claim—but also an important friend to American business. He has stacked…

Trump speech_9.27.2017

November 15, 2017

Southeast Asia
Assessing Trump’s Asia Visit: He Put in the Time, But Got Little in Return

During his marathon visit to Asia earlier this month, U.S. President Donald J. Trump at least demonstrated to Asian allies that he is not going to ignore the region. His trip was the longest by a U.S…

Trump press conference Vietnam_11.12.2017

November 8, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Election Will Embolden Trump on Trade

Asia must accept that Democrat House win will not upset America First approach.

US President Trump

November 18, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Admits He Said No to Israel’s Peace Offer

The question of what happened in the late 2008 Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations between Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas has been controversial since those talks took place. But now w…