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November 15, 2022

Southeast Asia
Reflections on the ASEAN Summit and the ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Cambodia

President Biden's attendance marks an important development in the U.S.-ASEAN relationship, but ASEAN continues to prove ineffective in addressing the region's most pressing issues. 

Biden and ASEAN leaders stand in a line waving

November 11, 2022

United States
Was It Worth It?

Dan asks a question that everyone who has ever signed up for military service has likely asked: was it worth it? His answer is worth reading. 

Sens. Dole and Inouye

November 4, 2022

Health
Perilous Pathogens: How Climate Change Is Increasing the Threat of Diseases

At the COP27 summit, leaders will discuss how to deal with the many consequences of climate change. These four cases show how the climate crisis is altering the threat of zoonotic diseases.

An infectious diseases research team in full body protective suits, catches bats for a study outside the Khao Chong Phran Cave in Ratchaburi, Thailand

October 31, 2022

China
China’s Growing Attempts to Influence U.S. Politics

China appears to be increasingly interfering in U.S. elections through intensive lobbying, control of foreign media outlets, and sophisticated disinformation campaigns.

A screen displays a CGTN broadcast of Xi Jinping giving a speech.

October 20, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Iran’s Protesters Want Khamenei Gone. Who Is Iran’s Supreme Leader?

Many in Iran’s women-led protests are calling for the removal of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an end to the Islamic Republic. Here’s what to know about Iran’s top political and religious authority.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gestures and speaks in to a microphone while seated. The Iranian flag is seen behind him.

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.