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December 11, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should a Retired General Be Secretary of Defense?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden’s nomination of General Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense raises question…

Retired General Lloyd Austin speaks at a podium as President-Elect Joe Biden sits behind him.

February 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

December 2, 2020

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2021

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand twenty witnessed many significant anniversaries: the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War …

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

November 25, 2020

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico: A U.S. Territory in Crisis

The Caribbean island, which shares a close yet fraught relationship with the rest of the United States, faces a multilayered economic and social crisis, rooted in long-standing policy and compounded …

A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Puerto Rico.

November 17, 2020

United States
America Is Drifting Toward an Iraqi Future

Once a country loses its sense of national identity, a national unraveling is often not far behind.

Pro-Trump (R) and anti-Trump demonstrators argue at the Michigan state capitol on November 08, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

November 15, 2020

Women and Economic Growth
Women This Week: The Smashing of Ceilings

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 November 8 to November 15.

November 15, 2020

Women and Economic Growth
Women This Week: Record Breaking, Ground Shaking

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 November 8 to November 15.

U.S. Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris arrives for a news conference ahead of a campaign rally in Duluth, Georgia, U.S. November 1, 2020. Picture taken November 1, 2020. REUTERS/Brandon Bell

November 12, 2020

Transition 2021
Biden and the World: What a U.S. Presidential Transition Means

Experts from leading global think tanks welcome the prospect of a Biden administration restoring long-standing U.S. alliances and commitments to multilateral institutions. But they anticipate a rocky…

Joe Biden addresses the nation

November 5, 2020

Election 2020
The Biden Administration's Approach to Africa

Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris will likely be elected president and vice president of the United States. A Biden administration's approach to Africa will depend on policy but also on who the president appoints to his cabinet and senior positions.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses a public forum at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. American and Kenyan flags can be seen in the background. A podium with the seal of the U.S. Vice President can be seen in the middle of the picture.