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January 17, 2013

Japan
Jeffrey W. Hornung: Japan, a Consequential Power

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. The debate over…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

January 31, 2022

Liberia
Jail Term for Former Liberian Defense Minister Offers Ray of Hope to Anti-Corruption Forces in Africa

Last week, the Liberian Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of a lower court which ordered the imprisonment of former Liberian Defense Minister Brownie Jeffrey Samukai Jr., for two years. A one-time deputy minister in the country’s Ministry of National Defense, Samukai was former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s pick to head the ministry when the latter took over the reins as president in January 2006.

U.S military commander wearing camouflage speaks with former Liberian minister in civilian clothing.

January 10, 2022

Ethiopia
Ethiopia Conflict Dynamics Shift as New U.S. Envoy Takes Over

The Biden administration is trying to capitalize on positive trends in Ethiopia as it transitions from Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman, whose resignation was announced last week, to his successor, David Satterfield.

Silhouettes of a group of Ethiopian civilians are seen in front of a setting sun in the background.

September 27, 2021

Sudan
Thwarted Coup Signals Dangerous Times for Sudan’s Transition

On September 21, Sudanese authorities announced that they had thwarted an attempted coup. Civilian leaders assert that the incident is just another example of the urgent need for security-sector reform; meanwhile, military leaders have suggested that civilian mismanagement of the economy provides fertile ground for attempts to overthrow the government.

Protesters raise their arms while standing next to a truck with armed men standing in the bed of the truck.

August 22, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Pompeo Staffs Up

Today Secretary of State Pompeo announced the appointment of Steve Biegun to be Special Representative for North Korea. This follows the announcements of Brian Hook as Special Representative for Iran…

September 18, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 18, 2020

TikTok and WeChat drama continues to unfold; DOJ announces indictments against pro-Iran hackers; Facebook and Twitter close accounts linked to conservative youth group disinformation campaign; DOJ ch…

Deputy Attorney General Jeffery A Rosen speaks during a Justice Department's news conference to announce charges in China-related intrusion campaigns.

November 1, 2018

Donald Trump
Trump Policy in the Middle East

What has been the effect of two years of Trump policy in the Middle East? In the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz (and behind their pay wall), I argue that: When Donald Trump arrived in office U.S. in…

November 15, 2019

Tanzania
Tanzania, Where Magufuli Is Waging a War on Democracy

During the four year tenure of President Magufuli, the country has move toward full-on authoritarianism. On November 7, a Magistrates Court in Tanzania postponed for the seventh time the case of journalist Erick Kabendera, who has voiced criticism of the country’s president, John Pombe Magufuli. After initially being violently abducted from his home and later investigated over his citizenship status, Mr. Kabendera is now facing a host of economic charges, including “assisting an organized crime racket” and money laundering. 

Tanzanian investigative journalist Erick Kabendera arrives, flanked by security, at the Kisutu Residents Magistrate Court

June 26, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Movies with Women in the Lead

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature women at the helm. 

Movies clockwise from the top left: Carve Her Name with Pride/IMDB; Eye in the Sky/Bleecker Street; Paradise Road/SBS; Atomic Blonde/Script; Zero Dark Thirty/Empire; A Private War/IMDB.

August 13, 2019

Cybersecurity
The Cyber Crisis of Anglo-American Democracy

The integration of the internet and cyberspace into democratic politics has contributed to a crisis in Anglo-American democracy, with an intensely polarized population, constantly distracted politica…

U.S. President Donald Trump greets British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) as they take part in a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017.