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November 10, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 245 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have …

Marines

October 23, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Biden and Trump Debate Foreign Policy, Kinda

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy was a topic at the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. 

Joe Biden and Donald Trump gesture at each other from behind their podiums while Kristen Welker is seated between them on the debate stage.

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.

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.

August 28, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Anti-War Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that highlight the costs of war.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Hotel Rwanda/Amazon; Born on the Fourth of July/TV Guide; Gallipoli/IMDB; Paths of Glory/Amazon; Full Metal Jacket/TV Guide; All Quiet on the Western Front/IMDB

July 27, 2020

Southeast Asia
Elections Have Consequences in Singapore Too

Meredith Weiss is professor and chair of political science in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the University at Albany, SUNY. As anticipated, the incumbent People’s Action …

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves as he arrives at a People's Action Party branch office, as ballots are being counted during the general election, in Singapore on July 11, 2020.

July 13, 2020

Southeast Asia
Singapore’s Election: The PAP Triumphs, But Long-Term Trends Suggest a Viable Opposition

In last Friday’s election, Singapore’s long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), as usual, won a large share of the seats in parliament. With roughly 61 percent of the total vote, the PAP took eighty-…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Secretary-General of the People's Action Party, speaks at a virtual press conference following the general elections in Singapore, in this still frame obtained from social media video on July 11, 2020.

July 10, 2020

Southeast Asia
Dents to Ruling Party in Singapore Election

By the normally staid, unchanging standards of Singapore politics, Friday’s election appears to be delivering significant changes. Though official results are not yet out as I write this, initial cou…

Heng Swee Keat of the People's Action Party meets residents during a walkabout ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 28, 2020.

July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Singapore’s National Elections: Will a Pandemic, and a Shifting Society, Lead to a Different Result?

Last week, the Singaporean prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, of the long-dominant People’s Action Party (PAP), declared that the city-state would hold its general election on July 10. The prime minist…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

April 22, 2020

Oil and Petroleum Products
As Oil Collapses, so Does a Vital Source of African Revenue

Accompanying the misery of the coronavirus pandemic—and exacerbated by it—has been an ongoing crisis in the oil industry. While the scale and tragedy of the coronavirus is front and center in our minds, the collapse of oil is more abstract, and its long term consequences will be serious. Especially in Africa, the collapse of oil is likely to devastate government revenue at exactly the same time the continent faces the astronomical costs of responding to the coronavirus and looming famine.

Kaombo Norte floating oil platform is seen from a helicopter off the coast of Angola, November 8, 2018