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October 15, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Making History in Togo

Welcome to “Women This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy.

The image shows women in Togo checking their names at a polling location.

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 8, 2020

Coronavirus
Senegal Pilgrimage Tests Resistance to COVID-19

Senegal is a major center of West African Islam, and its imams, mullah, and brotherhoods are influential across the Sahel. The holy city of Touba, 120 miles east of the Senegalese capital of Dakar, is the site of a major annual pilgrimage called the Magal

Woman wearing personal protective gear performs a nasal swab on a man sitting on a hospital bed.

June 9, 2020

Mali
French-Led Decapitation Strike on AQIM in Mali

On June 5, France announced that its forces killed Abdelmalek Droukdel and many in his inner circle. Droukdel was the "emir" or leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The attack took place…

Dust is whooshed into the air as a military helicopter prepares to land. A soldier in desert camouflage kneels on one knee as he signals the helicopter. The sky, obstructed by the dust, is otherwise a dull, clear blue.

October 1, 2020

Niger
How to Build Better Militaries in Africa: Lessons from Niger

Niger is a key partner of the U.S. in West Africa. The United States provides a range of assistance to Niger, but the country stands out because strategic-level reforms have been taken seriously by both the United States and the partner country. 

Nigerien soldier, wearing fatigues, sunglasses, a brown hat, and with a gun resting on his shoulder, stands guard.

September 25, 2020

France
Art Protests Shine Spotlight on Post-Colonial Restitution Question

Mwazulu Diyabanza, a Congolese-origin activist in France, first attracted social media attention by seeming to steal an artifact from the Quai Branly Museum in Paris to protest slavery, colonialism and the alleged theft of Africa's cultural patrimony.

The outside of the Musee du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris. The photograph shows a black wall with white writing, spelling out the name of the institution.

September 24, 2020

Mali
France Insists on Mali's Return to Civilian Rule

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a September 22 UN General Assembly (UNGA) speech, made continued French military involvement contingent upon Mali's restoration of civilian rule.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers at a speech at a lectern covered with roses. He stands in front of a French flag, a European Union flag, and an Iraqi flag.

September 25, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 25, 2020

EU tech companies sold surveillance technology to China; Facebook removes accounts linked to China and the Filipino military; China threatens to sanction U.S. companies, considers releasing a blackli…

TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo.

September 22, 2020

Mali
Mali Update: Stand-Off

On September 21, the military junta that overthrew the Mali government of President Ibrahim Keita announced a transitional government. It is headed by retired Colonel Bah N'Daw, with junta leader Colonel Assimi Goïta as his vice president.

Malian coup leader Assimi Goita sits, in full military clothing, at a table during negotiations with ECOWAS. A red, yellow, and green flag is visible in the background.

September 4, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Ten More Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. For our final week: films that we haven’t yet recommended and think we should. 

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: The Battle of Algiers/IMDB; The Imitation Game/Amazon; Duck Soup/Google Play; Seven Days in May/Golden Globes; Letters from Iwo Jima/Amazon.