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October 15, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Changing Style of African Coups

As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.

A picture of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, the country's largest city.

October 8, 2020

China
To Understand China’s Aggressive Foreign Policy, Look at Its Domestic Politics

In the past six months, Chinese foreign policy appears to have taken a dramatic and aggressive turn. One way to understand this assertive foreign policy is through the lens of China's internal politi…

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army march outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on September 8, 2020.

October 30, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bill Weld, Republican Presidential Candidate

Update: Bill Weld announced on March 18, 2020, that he was ending his campaign.  Bill Weld was the first Republican to officially announce he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presid…

Bill Weld

August 22, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Michael Bennet, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Michael Bennet announced on February 11, 2020, that he was ending his campaign for president. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among American men. One in nine Ameri…

Michael Bennet

April 17, 2019

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
By Any Other Name: Thoughts on U.S. Genocide Determinations

The history of the Genocide Convention stretches back more than seventy years, yet much work remains to be done to prevent and respond to atrocities. 

A person holds a candle during a night vigil and prayer at the Amahoro Stadium as part of the 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 7, 2019.

March 5, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions on Women in the U.S.-Iran Negotiations: Wendy Sherman

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

Wendy Sherman

September 11, 2018

International Criminal Court
The Trump Administration Throws Down the Gauntlet to the ICC. The Court Should Decline The Challenge.

National Security Advisor John Bolton criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a speech before the Federalist Society. Adjunct Senior Fellow for International and National Security Law Jo…

National Security Advisor John Bolton discusses "Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International Threats," at a forum hosted by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies in Washington, DC on September 10, 2018.

September 4, 2018

India
Background Brief: Meet the U.S.-India “2+2”

The upcoming U.S.-India "2+2" dialogue marks a new configuration for an existing dialogue begun in the Barack Obama administration. Here's how the consultation has evolved.

India's Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (L) speaks as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis looks on during a joint news conference in New Delhi, India September 26, 2017.

May 25, 2018

Iran
The Complicated Geopolitics of U.S. Oil Sanctions on Iran

U.S.-Iranian conflict resolution is in flux following withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and it remains unclear whether sanctions will be sufficient to force Iran back to the negotiating table. A deeper dive into the energy realpolitik of the matter reveals a host of barriers to improving the status quo in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 8, 2018.

March 28, 2018

International Law
The International Criminal Court and the Trump Administration

With John Bolton as national security advisor, both the United States and the International Criminal Court should take steps to avoid a collision. 

U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton speaks at the UN headquarters in New York on November 11, 2006.