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March 13, 2015

A patriotic label is affixed to the handlebars of each bike at the new Bicycle Corporation of America plant in Manning, South Carolina, November 19, 2014 (Randall Hill/Courtesy Reuters). The TPP and the Bicycle Theory of Trade

I am having a hard time making up my mind about economic pluses and minuses of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the pending trade deal that will deepen economies ties between the United States, J…

March 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
International Women's Day International Women's Day

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, an internationally-celebrated day dedicated to recognizing the social, political, economic, and cultural contributions women have made globally and hi…

February 14, 2012

United States
 Egypt's Minister of International Cooperation Naga speaks in New Delhi. Conspiracy Theories in Egypt

    One of the greatest dangers to democracy in Egypt is the prevalence of conspiracy theories warning that secret plots are under way against the country. The purpose is to persuade citizens that …

September 8, 2017

United Nations
President Donald J. Trump speaks during a visit to Loren Cook Company in Springfield, Missouri on August 30, 2017. Echoes of American History as Trump Heads to United Nations

In an op-ed recently published in The Hill, I examine what to expect from President Donald J. Trump’s first UN General Assembly address and how his mistrust of international organizations echoes earl…

January 19, 2018

Tourists ride in a vintage car in Havana, Cuba. U.S.-Cuba Relations

The Trump administration has rolled back some of President Obama’s policies normalizing ties with Cuba.

January 17, 2018

Adnan Abidi/Reuters Is Israel’s International Isolation Diminishing?

Votes against Israel at the United Nations over the decades seem to indicate it is a pariah nation, but the country’s expanding bilateral ties tell a different story.

March 7, 2018

U.S. President Donald J. Trump welcomes Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the White House, Washington, DC. The Evolution of U.S.–Vietnam Ties

Once locked in war, Vietnam and the United States have built mature ties rooted in mutual economic and security interests.

March 13, 2018

U.S. State Department
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart at the end of a five-country swing through Africa from Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2018. Tillerson, Pompeo, and the State of State

Mike Pompeo inherits a marginalized State Department, undermined by several grievous mistakes from Rex Tillerson. 

February 21, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-SONA-Zuma Renewing U.S.-South Africa Relations Under President Ramaphosa

His forthright remarks represent a paradigm shift in that country’s governance and governing principles and provides an opportunity for the United States to reengage with a strategic ally after nearly two decades of eroding relations.

April 12, 2012

Omar-Suleiman Egypt: The Omar Theories

It is fair to say that Omar Suleiman’s bid to be Egypt’s next president is one of the most unexpected developments in post-Mubarak Egypt.  The last time anyone had seen or heard from Suleiman, he app…