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June 30, 2022

China
Outbound Investment Screening Would be a Mistake

Existing tools might be sufficient, and it's not clear if a new regime makes sense.

The U.S. Capitol building is seen reflected in a puddle at sunrise on November 6, 2018.

June 22, 2022

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The WTO Hangs On

WTO members confounded expectations last week by concluding a deal on fisheries subsidies, the first major multilateral agreement in nearly a decade. But the trade body is not out of the woods yet.

WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (right) is congratulated by Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal after a closing session of a WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva in June 2022.

June 10, 2022

Syria
Bringing Justice Home: Dispatches from the ISIS ‘Beatles’ Trial

ISIS Beatles Trial Shines Light on U.S. Counterterrorism and Hostage Policy

A banner belonging to Islamic State fighters is seen during a battle with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa, Syria, on August 16, 2017.

March 21, 2022

India
Why the Ukraine War Likely Won't Affect India-U.S. Ties

India’s stance in the Russia-Ukraine war has prompted policymakers and analysts in Washington DC to question the depth of the United States (US)-India strategic partnership. As a member of Quad, Indi…

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken meets with India's Foreign Minister Jaishankar in Rome

February 18, 2022

China
America and China's Unhappy Anniversary

Fifty years after President Nixon's historic trip to China, U.S.-China relations are at a crossroads.

President Nixon inspects assembled Chinese soldiers with Premier Zhou Enlai.

February 1, 2022

India
India’s Geopolitical Challenges in 2022

American author and journalist Hal Borland once noted, “The year’s end is neither a beginning nor an end but a going on.” As India enters 2022, what are its most challenging geopolitical goings-on, a…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in 2014

December 9, 2021

COVID-19
Seven Charts That Explain the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2021

COVID-19 continued its worldwide spread in 2021, spurred by more contagious variants. Vaccines are highly effective, though have been unevenly distributed. Follow the pandemic’s story over the last y…

October 29, 2021

Foreign Aid
Reorganizing U.S. Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights

The U.S. government spends billions to promote democracy. It could get more for its money through better internal coordination, and by relying more on NGOs and its own expertise when implementing pro…

USAID Supplies

October 4, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

Twenty years after 9/11, U.S. policy in the Middle East is still based on a fundamental mistake.

U.S. President George W. Bush (L) meets with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak (R) in Sharm El Sheikh May 17, 2008.

September 10, 2021

9/11
The World 9/11 Made

Evaluating the legacy of September 11, 2001.

A flower placed over names at the September 11th Memorial on September 9, 2021 in New York City