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January 19, 2016

United States
Jeb Bush on the Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy

Jeb Bush discusses U.S. foreign policy challenges and opportunities.

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January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

January 15, 2021

United States
A Unique Military Force: The U.S. National Guard

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. In some instances, how leaders have used the Guard has generated controversy, particu…

Members of the Connecticut National Guard survey flooded areas in Florida from a helicopter as part of the response to Hurricane Irma.

January 5, 2021

Transition 2021
Save the world — America's greatest priority

When the United States and the world emerged from the Cold War 30 years ago, the watchword in foreign affairs was “change.” Now, on so many global fronts, the imperative goal is far more arresting: t…

October 22, 2015

Cybersecurity
Campaign 2016: Jeb Bush on Cybersecurity

This blog was coauthored with my research associate, Lincoln Davidson. Last month, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced his cybersecurity platform. You can read his proposals here; e…

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December 28, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2020

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2020 who through…

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December 15, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Schoolboy Kidnapping Likely Criminal, Not Boko Haram

The kidnapping of hundreds of schoolboys from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, located in Nigeria's northwestern Katsina state, recalls Boko Haram's 2014 kidnapping of Chibok schoolgirls.

A group of parents are seen gathered outside of a school in northern Nigeria. Many are wearing traditional Islamic dress. Some parents are sitting, others standing.

December 15, 2020

Elections and Voting
The 2020 Election by the Numbers

It’s almost over. Yesterday Electoral College electors convened virtually or in person in state capitals across the country to cast their votes. The result was what everyone expected, the election of…

An elector looks at his signed ballot for Joe Biden.

December 15, 2020

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.