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September 11, 2020

Americas
The Pandemic Is Eroding Bolivians’ Trust in Democracy

Interim President Jeanine Áñez’s decision to postpone Bolivia’s election twice has sparked protests, revealing the threat COVID-19 poses to democratic governance worldwide.

A hand holds a stethoscope in front of a blurred Bolivian flag

May 20, 2020

Americas
Brazil’s Vote on the Cuban Embargo at the UN: An Unrequited Gamble for U.S. Goodwill?

Brazil's historic move to break with the rest of Latin America on the U.S. embargo of Cuba appears to have yielded few results. 

Jair Bolsonaro

September 25, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Iran?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Iran.

The Iranian flag being removed from a stage during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015.

September 22, 2020

United Nations
Donald Trump’s Disjointed and Misleading UN Address

President Trump's virtual address to the UN General Assembly was shallow, unpersuasive, and exaggerated his domestic and international achievements.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump is projected on a screen in the mostly vacant UN General Assembly in New York during the 75th annual UN General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtually, on September 22, 2020.

September 18, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: How Americans See the World

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats and Republicans see foreign policy very differently.

Mail-in ballots sit in a box before they are verified by election officials in 2016.

August 18, 2020

International Finance
Africa Remains Untapped Market for Booming Black Businesses in America

African Americans are in a financial position to start businesses in Africa, including in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ghana, and they should.

African man, a professional runner from Kenya, stands in front of his store selling athletic gear. A sign on the wall says "Olympics Corner Iten-Kenya", above a Kenyan flag.

September 11, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Foreign Policy Is AWOL

Each Friday, I look at what is being said about foreign policy on the campaign trail. This week: For all of its surprises, 2020 is shaping up as a traditional campaign year in one important respect.

Two people in masks walk by a mural of the U.S. flag in Ocean Beach, California.

September 3, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Constitutionalizing Equality: The Equal Rights Amendment as a Catalyst for Change

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is back in the headlines with new ferocity. Following Virginia’s ratification earlier this year, the House of Representatives moved swiftly to grant the amendment a n…

Equal Rights Amendment, Virginia

August 31, 2020

China
Closing the Book on Huawei’s Global Aspirations

The Commerce Department's newest round of restrictions are likely the final blow against the company.

People walk past an advertisement announcing the opening of a Huawei store.

August 26, 2020

Immigration and Migration
Africans Should Fight for DACA, Too

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is making the news again as the Trump administration continues its efforts to diminish the program. The media has readily portrayed DACA as a policy for Latinx; it is also relevant for Africans.

Woman in traditional, yellow and blue African clothing walks through a square in Harlem, New York. The backdrop is a concrete wall.