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November 17, 2020

Transition 2021
Climate Change: The Biden Administration's Opportunity in Africa

Climate change is both one of the greatest threats to Africa and an area in which Biden administration policy is most likely to differ from President Trump's. Through his leadership on this issue, the president-elect has a chance to make a difference.

A parched landscape around the Lake Wegnia, in Sahel region of Koulikoro, Mali. A small tree and a few shrubs intersperse a mostly dirt landscape.

November 13, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: When Presidents Don’t Concede

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Trump puts the transition process in limbo and Biden begins building his team. 

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium with the words "Office of the President Elect."

August 11, 2020

Tanzania
U.S. Ambassadors and African Diplomacy

In most African countries, the U.S ambassador plays a crucial role in managing the U.S. bilateral relationship with the host country. Hence, the importance of the arrival in Tanzania of Dr. Donald  J. Wright, MD.

Gray car drives past pale concrete building flying U.S. flag at half mast. It is the U.S. Embassy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

October 26, 2020

Nigeria
Will the Lekki Toll Gate Atrocity Change Nigeria?

Nigeria’s governance system is oppressive, though it lacks an evocative name like apartheid. The tragic episodes of brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), while dismaying, are not new occurrences.

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS and #EndSWAT.

October 9, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: VP Candidates Discuss Foreign Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed U.S. policy toward China and U.S. global leadership at Wedne…

Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence sit across from each other separated by plexiglass on the stage of the vice-presidential debate.

October 6, 2020

Election 2020
TWE Remembers: Four Memorable Foreign Policy Moments in Vice-Presidential Debates

This blog post was written by Anna Shortridge, research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. The vice-presidential debate is scheduled to be held tomorrow tonight…

Veep debate

October 5, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Clean Network Program: Digital Age Echoes of the “Long Telegram”?

The U.S. State Department's Clean Network program, created in response to China's expanding capabilities in cyberspace, recalls the the warning George Kennan gave about the Soviet Union in his famous…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.

September 28, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Eruption of Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Ambassador (Ret.) Carey Cavanaugh is a professor of diplomacy and conflict resolution at the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Renewed military actio…

People attend a meeting to recruit military volunteers after Armenian authorities declared martial law following clashes with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, on September 27, 2020.

September 7, 2020

Trade
The Return of Big Chinese Surpluses (And Large U.S. Deficits)

Global trade imbalances are, once again, largely the result of Chinese and American trade imbalances. China's surplus has increased even as the pandemic has reduced global trade, as has the U.S. defi…

The Return of Big Chinese Surpluses (And Large U.S. Deficits)

August 5, 2020

Race and Ethnicity
“Viral Convergence”: Interconnected Pandemics as Portal to Racial Justice

In this piece (which is part of a special Just Security “Racing National Security” symposium), Catherine Powell argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a window into the pandemics of policing,…

Black Lives Matter Rally