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June 30, 2020

China
As Africa Faces COVID-19, Chinese Debt Relief is a Welcome Development

Stephen Paduano is the executive director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, where he studies African political economy with an emph…

President Xi Jinping of China claps and smiles in a dark gray suit with a maroon tie and white shirt. Behind him are national flags on vertical flag polls. The Chinese flag is front and center. It is flanked by the flags of South Africa and Botswana to the left, and of Algeria, Benin, and Burkina Faso to the right.

June 27, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: Truman’s Decision to Intervene in Korea

Seventy years ago today, President Harry Truman ordered the U.S. military to aid South Korea in repulsing an invasion from North Korea. The decision had geopolitical consequences that are still felt …

North Korea

June 25, 2020

Energy and Climate Policy
A Path to Progress: How Voluntary Climate Action Could Redefine the Texas Fossil Fuel Landscape

This is a guest post by Tessa Schreiber, intern for Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and student at Rice University.  The state of Texas is known for its deferenc…

Oil pump jacks work at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S. August 21, 2019. Picture taken August 21, 2019.

June 24, 2020

U.S. Congress
FISA’s Current Controversies and Room for Improvement (Part Two)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has become almost impossibly political. In part two of our two-part series on FISA, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency Glenn Gerst…

U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Examining the Inspector General's report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)."

June 22, 2020

U.S. Congress
Making Sense of the Debates Over FISA (Part One)

Somehow, FISA has become a four-letter word. In the first part of a two-part series on the current debates surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, former General Counsel of the Nationa…

U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

June 19, 2020

Nigeria
ISWA’s Recent Attacks Could Signal a New, Deadlier Approach in Nigeria

On June 9, ISWA killed eighty-one people, abducted seven, and stole hundreds of cattle before setting the village ablaze.These recent incidents could be the beginning of a new chapter in ISWA violence, with Muslim civilians as legitimate targets.

People push carts and bicycles near a flag pole with the Nigerian flag as they begin to cross a road bridge. The ground is dry and dusty, the cloudless sky is dull grey-blue, and small wooden structure is in the background. The canopies of green trees can be seen in the distance.

June 19, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Satires Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: classic satires.

The movie posters from The Great Dictator (yellow with Charlie Chaplin over a globe), Dr. Strangelove (black and white actor smoking a cigarette), In the Loop (two silhouettes, one with U.S. flag the other with the UK flag), MASH (a hand with the peace sign and an army helmet on the finger), Catch-22 (a man walks away from a plane wreckage in the desert), and Wag the Dog (a tape recorder with the presidential seal) arranged in one picture.

June 8, 2020

Southeast Asia
Rodrigo Duterte Goes Even Farther in Using COVID-19 to Crack Down

In recent months, Southeast Asian leaders—and leaders from many other parts of the world—have utilized the COVID-19 pandemic to expand executive powers, crack down on civil society and undermine oppo…

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines on September 8, 2018.

June 8, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Gender Representation and Diversity in the Foreign Affairs Community

Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley joined the Council on Foreign Relations for a roundtable discussion on the importance of diversity in the foreign affairs comm…

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is surrounded as she bids farewell to a lobby filled with employees after her last day at the State Department in Washington, January 16, 2009.

May 27, 2020

United States
Did the Dollar's Position as the Leading Reserve Currency Help Hold Treasury Yields Down This Spring?

Foreign Treasury sales, including large sales from reserve managers, made the Fed's job harder, not easier, in March.

Did the Dollar's Position as the Leading Reserve Currency Help Hold Treasury Yields Down This Spring?