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June 17, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Sisi Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reacts after delivering a speech at the Lower House of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, February 29, 2016.

April 8, 2021

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.

March 26, 2021

Kenya
Kenya Will Play A Vital Role in Addressing Multiple Security Challenges

Surrounded by regional turmoil and managing complicated domestic politics, the pressure is rising on Kenya, a critically important economic and security partner to the United States, to help shape a …

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, speaks virtually during the 75th annual UN General Assembly, which was held mostly virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York, United States, September 23, 2020.

March 16, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Who Is Hot and Who Is Not in the Middle East

The Biden administration wants to downgrade the region. Here are the countries he can ignore—and the ones he can’t.

March 4, 2021

Territorial Disputes
Diplomatic Dithering Over Western Sahara Bodes Ill for Other African Disputes

On December 10, 2020, then President Donald Trump tweeted that because “Morocco recognized the United States in 1777,” the U.S. should return the favor by recognizing “[Moroccan] sovereignty over the Western Sahara.”

Then-U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, clutching a baseball cap, arrives in the Western Sahara in an attempt to broker a peace between the Polisario Front and Morocco over the disputed Western Sahara.

February 10, 2021

Ethiopia
The Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region: What to Know

The military campaign has resulted in a humanitarian crisis and fears of regional instability. A path forward will require international cooperation, careful diplomacy, and an inclusive political pro…

January 29, 2021

Human Trafficking
Preventing Stolen Childhoods: How the U.S. Department of Labor is Combating Child Labor Trafficking

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

U.S. Department of Labor headquarters

February 4, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopia-Sudan Border Dispute Raises Stakes for Security in the Horn

The crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region continues to demand international attention and action to remove barriers to the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian assistance; in a volatile and strat…

A Sudanese military officer keeps guard as Ethiopians who fled war in Tigray region, gather to receive relief supplies from the World Food Programme at the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 20, 2020.

January 14, 2021

Conflict Prevention
What to Worry About in 2021

With attention focused on a slew of pressing domestic crises the new Biden Administration will have to contend with, U.S. policymakers should not ignore the risks of serious international conflicts e…

South Korean Marines patrol on Yeonpyeong Island, on June 17, 2020.

December 15, 2020

Elections and Voting
The 2020 Election by the Numbers

It’s almost over. Yesterday Electoral College electors convened virtually or in person in state capitals across the country to cast their votes. The result was what everyone expected, the election of…

An elector looks at his signed ballot for Joe Biden.