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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 23, 2020

Human Rights
Making America Decent Again: Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy

The United States can only promote human rights abroad if it begins from a position of humility, acknowledging that the struggle to make America a more perfect union is ongoing.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump reaches his hand out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while sitting down in front of several United States and North Korean flags at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas,

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 18, 2020

United States
Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness

U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA’s role has diminished, and the number of global space competitors is growing.

Space Launch

November 16, 2020

Trade
The RCEP Signing and Its Implications

Over the weekend, 15 Asian states, including China, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The deal provides a major signal to investors that the region is still committed to multila…

ASEAN leaders are seen on a screen as they attend the 4th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Summit as part of the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 15, 2020.

November 16, 2020

North Korea
North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang.

November 13, 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 11, 2020

Paris Climate Agreement
Rejoining the Paris Agreement Is the Easy Part for Biden on Climate Change

Biden’s election victory is a huge win for all who care about the living planet. The hard part will be delivering on his ambitious agenda.

Young activists gesture as they take part in a demonstration during a global day of action on climate change near Cape Town, South Africa on September 25, 2020.

September 21, 2020

United Nations
10 Hard Realities About the UN on Its Troubled 75th Anniversary

Broad-brush critiques of the United Nations often gloss over the distinct institutional components of the UN system and the geopolitical realities it has to work in. 

A United Nations flag is laying on a chair in the corner of a boardroom, with the New York skyline in the window and reflected on the boardroom table in the Secretariat building during the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 25, 2013.

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