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August 27, 2020

Climate Change
Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall, WTO Director-General Resigns, and More

Louisianans and Texans cope with Hurricane Laura as they mark fifteen years since Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevedo, departs amid uncertainty over th…

Podcast Flooding caused by Hurricane Laura on August 27, 2020 in Sabine Pass, Texas. Hurricane Laura came ashore bringing rain and high winds to the eastern part of the state.

September 17, 2020

South Africa
Transnational White Supremacist Militancy Thriving in South Africa

As white supremacist militancy has raced across the Western world, it has not spared South Africa from being swept up in the chaos. International white supremacist networks both strengthen and are strengthened by the Afrikaner movement in South Africa.

Three South African men hold flags of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, including a red flag with three black sevens in the middle, and a blue, orange, and white flag pinned to a cross.

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.

September 15, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

September 11, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Women Protest in Belarus

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers the months of July and August.

Women holding flowers at rally in Belarus

September 9, 2020

Namibia
Remembering Dirk Mudge, Pioneer of Multiracial Democracy in Namibia

Dirk Mudge, who died of COVID-19, certainly deserves recognition for his commitment to bringing democracy and majority rule to Namibia.

Small plastic flags of Namibia (a red stripe through blue and green corners, with a small yellow sun in the upper left blue corner) wave in a crowd.

August 24, 2020

United States
U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

A person stands, back to the camera, in front of piles and rubbles and a house. The sky is pink and purple from the setting sun.

September 3, 2020

World Trade Organization (WTO)
What to Know About the Race to Lead the WTO

World Trade Organization members are in the process of selecting a new leader, who will be charged with steering the WTO at a critical moment for the future of international trade.

A picture shows the empty seat and desk of the World Trade Organization director-general prior to a general council in Geneva.

September 1, 2020

Infrastructure
The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, debate continues over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major …

Phase II construction on Metro’s Silver Line at Dulles International Airport continues.

August 24, 2020

China
Does Chinese State Media Pose a Threat to the United States?

The White House has taken a tough approach to Chinese state media, but its actions may prove counterproductive.

A large screen in New York City's Times Square reads "Xinhua Screen Media."