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November 15, 2022

China
What the Biden-Xi Meeting Means for U.S.-China Relations

The meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping did not resolve major disagreements, but it could start the process of building guardrails to prevent competition from turni…

Xi and Biden smile while shaking hands.

May 21, 2021

South Korea
Joe Biden’s Summit With South Korea’s Moon Jae-In Poses a Question of Shared Values

The Joe Biden administration has framed its main foreign policy paradigm primarily in terms of competition between democracy and authoritarianism, emphasizing cooperation among like-minded allies as …

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers remarks before participating in a bilateral meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2021

November 2, 2021

Trade
There Are Holes in Joe Biden’s Trade Team

Reforming the Senate-confirmation process could help ensure the administration is fully staffed as it tackles critical trade questions. 

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in Washington D.C. on April 28, 2021.

December 5, 2022

Nigeria
The Uses of Parody

When conventional tools of resistance have failed or been compromised, humor has been a weapon of last resort for the African subaltern.  

This image shows a keyboard with a phone on the top. The phone screen displays the logo for the popular app TikTok.

December 2, 2022

United States
A Divided Congress May Still Get Things Done

The experience of the soon-to-be-concluded 117th Congress offers some hope for the next two years

U.S. President Joe Biden signs the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2021.

December 2, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Joe Walsh, Republican Presidential Candidate

Buyer’s remorse. That is perhaps the best description of the situation that former Illinois Congressman and radio talk show host Joe Walsh finds himself in. Back in 2016, he championed Donald Trump’s…

Joe Walsh

March 20, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Will Joe Biden Change His Foreign Policy?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democratic visions for a new direction in foreign policy, calls for a relaxation of U.S. sanctions…

Former Vice President Joe Biden gestures forward as he stands behind a podium at the March 15 Democratic primary debate in Washington, DC.

September 17, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is the third time really the charm? Former Vice President Joe Biden certainly hopes so. He first threw his hat in the ring for the 1988 Democratic nomination but ended up dropping out of the race mon…

Joe Biden

November 15, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Democratic Foreign Policy Establishment Embraces Joe Biden

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: endorsements for Joe Biden, U.S. troops, and new candidates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd after filing for the New Hampshire presidential primary on November 8.

November 22, 2022

United States
What the 2022 Midterm Elections Mean for U.S. Climate Policy

Progress on President Biden’s climate agenda will slow with a split Congress. But with federal efforts dulled, state-level action could supply added momentum.

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