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December 11, 2019

Nigeria
Buhari's Attacks on the Press in Nigeria Continue Unabated

On December 6, the Department of State Security (DSS) stormed into an Abuja courtroom and illegally detained journalist Omoyele Sowore. The episode is deeply disappointing to American friends of Nigeria who are invested in that country’s democratic trajectory. The DSS flagrantly violated the rule of law and the sanctity of a courtroom by violently manhandling Sowore and causing the judge to flee her own chambers. The episode unfurled in full view of national and international media, dragging Nigeria’s international reputation through the mud.

A fight breaks out as security personnel attempt to re-arrest Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria December 6, 2019.

December 11, 2019

Trade
The USMCA Breakthrough: The New U.S. Trade Consensus and What it Means for the World

In the history of the domestic politics of trade, the breakthrough announced this week on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a genuine milestone. Following intensive negotiations—in…

Pelosi USMCA Trade News Conference

December 10, 2019

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: What Would a Smart Immigration Policy Look Like?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer stands by migrants at a processing facility in Donna, Texas. Veronica G. Cardenas/Reuters

December 5, 2019

Zambia
Standing Up for Human Rights in Zambia

Last week, when U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote expressed his dismay about a Zambian court ruling sentencing two men to fifteen years in prison for the crime of conducting a same-sex relationship, Zambian President Edgar Lungu was quick to take offense.

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu attending a signing ceremony in Paris, France, February 8, 2016

December 5, 2019

Brazil
Brazil's Data Protection Paradox

Brazil recently passed legislation to strengthen data protection. But the country's public authorities have yet to establish a data protection agency. Uncertainty is mounting and could throw the enti…

Customers use computers at an internet cafe in Sao Paulo.

December 4, 2019

Uganda
Uganda Renews Clampdown on the LGBT Community

Neil Edwards is the volunteer intern for CFR's Africa Program in Washington, DC. He is a master's candidate at the School of International Service at American University and a returned Peace Corps Rw…

Uganda police officers question a member of Uganda's LGBT community during their pride parade in Entebbe, near  Kampala, before police asked LGBT members to abandon their gathering, on September 24, 2016.

November 22, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: The Fifth Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

Presidential candidates listen to Bernie Sanders speak.

November 15, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: The Democratic Foreign Policy Establishment Embraces Joe Biden

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd after filing for the New Hampshire presidential primary on November 8.

November 13, 2019

United States
A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

Most grandiose explanations for the United States' persistent surplus in the income balance of the U.S. current account miss the mark. The U.S. debt position tracks the sum of past current account de…

A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

November 10, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 244 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 …

U.S. Marine Corps