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November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 13, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: When Presidents Don’t Concede

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Trump puts the transition process in limbo and Biden begins building his team. 

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium with the words "Office of the President Elect."

November 10, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 245 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have …

Marines

November 6, 2020

Election 2020
Inevitable African Schadenfreude About U.S. Elections

For many Africans, the 2020 American presidential elections now underway expose the hypocrisy of American criticism of their own governance. That, in turn, can translate into increased interest in alternatives, such as that posed by China.

A table is seen in the foreground with piles of boxes from the U.S. Postal Service containing mail-in ballots. Several workers can be seen in the background counting ballots while wearing masks.

October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

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 Afghanistan

Soldiers

October 8, 2020

China
To Understand China’s Aggressive Foreign Policy, Look at Its Domestic Politics

In the past six months, Chinese foreign policy appears to have taken a dramatic and aggressive turn. One way to understand this assertive foreign policy is through the lens of China's internal politi…

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army march outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on September 8, 2020.

September 30, 2020

Cybersecurity
What’s Wrong With the Clean Network Initiative? China Can’t Join It

The United States and its democratic allies don't necessarily need a "clean" network but a "trusted" one where they commit to not censor traffic, agree to shared privacy protections, and strengthen m…

The logos of mobile apps, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Netflix, are displayed on a screen in this illustration picture taken December 3, 2019.

September 28, 2020

China
The Future of “Clean Cloud”

Under the Trump administration's Clean Network Program, Chinese cloud service providers will come under greater scrutiny.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.

September 11, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Foreign Policy Is AWOL

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: For all of its surprises, 2020 is shaping up as a traditional campaign year in one important respec…

Two people in masks walk by a mural of the U.S. flag in Ocean Beach, California.

September 7, 2020

Trade
The Return of Big Chinese Surpluses (And Large U.S. Deficits)

Global trade imbalances are, once again, largely the result of Chinese and American trade imbalances. China's surplus has increased even as the pandemic has reduced global trade, as has the U.S. defi…

The Return of Big Chinese Surpluses (And Large U.S. Deficits)