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September 15, 2020

Afghanistan
Peace Talks Have Begun in Afghanistan, Major Pitfalls Await

Afghanistan Peace Talks Have Begun, Major Pitfalls Await

August 25, 2020

United Nations
The Role of the UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly hosts a much-watched debate of world leaders each year but has struggled to make its work more substantive. For the first time in the assembly’s seventy-five-year history, lea…

UN Secretary-General speaks at a podium before delegates at the UN headquarters in New York.

September 14, 2020

United Nations General Assembly
Can a Virtual UN General Assembly Deliver on Real World Problems?

Despite limitations, the UN will still sponsor a few notable events and initiatives at this year’s General Assembly, but do not expect any breakthroughs.

President Sauli Niinisto of Finland addresses a room full of attendees during the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 29, 2015.

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 25, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 25, 2020

EU tech companies sold surveillance technology to China; Facebook removes accounts linked to China and the Filipino military; China threatens to sanction U.S. companies, considers releasing a blackli…

TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo.

September 25, 2020

France
Art Protests Shine Spotlight on Post-Colonial Restitution Question

Mwazulu Diyabanza, a Congolese-origin activist in France, first attracted social media attention by seeming to steal an artifact from the Quai Branly Museum in Paris to protest slavery, colonialism and the alleged theft of Africa's cultural patrimony.

The outside of the Musee du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris. The photograph shows a black wall with white writing, spelling out the name of the institution.

September 25, 2020

China
Religion in China

As more people in China practice religion, the government continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to co-opt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

People kneel and pray in a mosque in Shanghai, China.

September 23, 2020

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
How Is the U.S. Military Pivoting in Europe?

The U.S. military is considering some major shifts to its posture in Europe, including a large withdrawal from bases in Germany, that are raising security concerns on the continent.

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 24, 2020

Mali
France Insists on Mali's Return to Civilian Rule

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a September 22 UN General Assembly (UNGA) speech, made continued French military involvement contingent upon Mali's restoration of civilian rule.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers at a speech at a lectern covered with roses. He stands in front of a French flag, a European Union flag, and an Iraqi flag.