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March 1, 2024

United States
Campaign Roundup: President Joe Biden Delivers His Third State of the Union Address

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Joe Biden will likely stress his domestic achievements over his foreign policy challenges when he a…

Biden SOTU

February 29, 2024

United States
Biden Addresses SOTU, Iran Holds Elections, Bosnia’s Pipeline Feud, and More

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his last State of the Union address before elections to a polarized Congress; Iran holds its first parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections since the 2022 pro…

Podcast A view of a billboard with candidate propaganda pictures, placards on it as a people walk past in a street of the Iranian capital Tehran on February 28, 2024. Legislative elections are scheduled to take place in the country on 1 March 2024.

February 9, 2024

United States
Campaign Roundup: President Biden Criticizes Israel’s Military Operations in Gaza

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Israel’s war against Hamas is creating policy and political dilemmas for President Biden.

Biden Gaza

February 29, 2024

United Nations
Funding the United Nations: How Much Does the U.S. Pay?

Many UN agencies, programs, and missions receive crucial funding from the United States. The Trump administration sharply reduced funding to some UN agencies, but President Biden has largely reversed…

A child peeks out from a blue and white tent managed by the UN refugee agency.

December 12, 2023

Xi Jinping and Joe Biden Compete to Win Over Vietnam, the Region’s Critical Partner

President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vietnam demonstrates China’s continued importance to the pivotal Southeast Asian nation.

Chinese and Vietnamese leaders stand on a yellow podium in suits.

November 8, 2023

Unpacking the IPEF: Biden’s Indo-Pacific Trade Play

One year after the Joe Biden administration unveiled its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, the agreement still doesn’t look like a traditional trade deal and could end up falling short of its ambition…

Containers are loaded at the Port of Singapore, the second largest port in the world.

February 7, 2024

United States
Seeking Protection: How the U.S. Asylum Process Works

Record numbers of migrants seeking to cross the southern U.S. border are challenging the Joe Biden administration’s attempts to restore asylum protections. Here’s how the asylum process works.

U.S. Border Patrol processes migrants seeking asylum in Yuma, Arizona.

February 1, 2024

Biden Confronts Iran, China’s Lunar New Year Economic Slowdown, Pakistan’s Flawed Elections, and More

The Joe Biden administration contends with how to respond to a deadly attack on U.S. service members at a base in Jordan while also preventing a wider regional war; a faltering economy clouds festivi…

Podcast  A worker hangs Chinese character Fu, which means good fortune, at Ditan Park (before the Spring Festival on January 31, 2024 in Beijing, China.

March 4, 2024

Haiti’s Troubled Path to Development

Hobbled by foreign interventions, political instability, and natural disasters, the former French colony is paralyzed by multiple crises.

A Haitian girl walks through a garbage-filled ravine in Port-au-Prince.

March 4, 2024

United States
A Self-Absorbed America Means Disorder for the World

The dam holding back chaos in U.S. foreign policy is cracking.

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump gather on the street with Trump flags, ahead of Super Tuesday, in Huntington Beach, California, U.S.