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May 21, 2024

A Preview of Kenya’s State Visit

During Kenya’s state visit, the United States should work toward building a more resilient model of U.S.-Africa partnerships.

Kenya's President William Ruto addresses the nation following heavy rains and subsequent flooding in the country, at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya on May 3, 2024.

May 13, 2024

Taiwan’s Democracy Is Thriving in China’s Shadow

Despite China’s growing pressure, Taiwan has developed one of the world’s strongest democracies—one that will be increasingly tested in the coming years. 

Electoral workers count votes for a 2021 referendum at a ballot counting center in Taipei, Taiwan.

April 19, 2024

United States
Election 2024: Donald Trump Declines to Fight Aid to Ukraine

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Donald Trump has chosen to stand aside as the House of Representatives moves to vote on aid to Ukra…

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March 12, 2024

Haiti Mission Lacks Interlocutor Plus Peruvian Congress Purges Top Judges

No interlocutor for Haiti mission’s international troops and Peru’s “pact of the corrupt” is succeeding where Guatemala’s failed without international pressure.

A protestor holds up a Haitian flag during a demonstration against Prime Minister Ariel Henry's government and insecurity in Port-au-Prince on March 1, 2024.

March 5, 2024

United States
Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Biden will deliver the annual State of the Union address on Thursday night. Here are ten things you might not know about the tradition of having a president deliver an annual address.

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January 29, 2024

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Cult of Dirigisme

Despite repeated failure, faith in closely controlled economies among Africa’s political elites remains strong.

Pictured is an aerial view of a coal-fired power station in South Africa.

January 18, 2024

Technology and Innovation
Don’t Let AI Become the Newest Digital Divide

AI will bring major breakthroughs in areas like education and medicine. However, lack of internet access could prevent many people from benefitting from these innovations.

10-year-old Fiammetta attends her online lessons surrounded by her shepherd father's herd of goats in the mountains, while schools are closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Caldes, Italy.

January 17, 2024

China Responds to Taiwan’s Presidential Election: Is Beijing Biding Its Time?

China’s initial response to William Lai’s victory in Taiwan’s presidential election was relatively restrained but it will likely exert more pressure on Taiwan in the coming months. 

Taiwan President-elect William Lai waves to supporters at a rally following his victory in the presidential election, in Taipei, Taiwan.

January 4, 2024

Taiwan’s 2024 Presidential Election: Analyzing Ko Wen-je’s Foreign Policy Positions

Ko Wen-je claims that he can chart a third way, simultaneously boosting Taiwan’s defenses while restarting communication with China. It is unclear, however, whether China would accept his overtures.

Taiwan People's Party’s (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je speaks to an audience in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

December 28, 2023

United States
Remembering Ten Americans Who Died in 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, here are ten Americans we lost this year who made a mark in foreign policy. 

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