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June 25, 2019

China
The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un wear black suits, stand out the sunroof of a car, and wave to people in Pyongyang, North Korea.

June 20, 2019

Sudan
Will Gulf Nations Tip the Balance in Sudan Crisis?

Gulf powers have lined up behind Sudan’s ruling military council. Where Sudan goes from here could depend on whether other powers play a countervailing role.

Sudanese protesters wave national flags and shout slogans during a protest outside the army complex in the capital Khartoum

December 14, 2016

Defense and Security
The Politics of Proliferation: A Conversation with Matthew Fuhrmann

I spoke with Matthew Fuhrmann, associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, visiting associate professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperatio…

Podcast book cover

June 24, 2019

Turkey
Istanbul’s Election: What Does Erdogan’s Loss Mean for Turkey?

After his party suffered a humiliating loss in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is down but far from out.

Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of Turkey's main opposition party, at a rally in Istanbul.

June 21, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: June 21, 2019

This week: Huawei anticipating a revenue hit amid continued U.S. crackdown; Facebook announced new cryptocurrency; reported U.S. cyber attacks on Russia’s power grid; Apple considering shifting suppl…

A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017.

June 21, 2019

Iran
Iran and Beyond: Interstate Conflict Grows More Palpable

As tensions between the United States and Iran increase, questions of conflict prevention and response loom large. 

An undated U.S. Air Force handout photo shows a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft in mid-air.

June 21, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Swiss Women on Strike

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering June 8 to June 20, was compiled by Mallor…

Protesters at a demonstration during the women's strike (Frauenstreik) in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019.

June 21, 2019

United States Presidential Election (2020)
Issue Guide: The First 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates

The Democratic field could touch on a number of foreign policy issues, from climate change to Iran, during its first prime-time sparring session.

Veteran holds U.S. flag as Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks on campaign trail.

June 20, 2019

Botswana
Personal Rivalries Overshadow Botswana's Democracy

The feud between current President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor and former boss, Ian Khama, sometimes reads like highlights of an overwrought soap opera. The latest dramatic turn saw Khama renouncing his membership in the party his revered father helped found, complaining that his legacy was being dismantled, and encouraging others to throw away their BDP membership cards.

Former Botswana President Ian Khama at the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, November 11, 2016.

June 20, 2019

Southeast Asia
Previewing This Weekend’s ASEAN Summit

The summit this weekend of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), held in Bangkok, will probably be less contentious than some of the ASEAN summits earlier this decade, when t…

ASEAN leaders gather for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore November 13, 2018.