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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.

October 7, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Losing the Long Game

An insider’s perspective on why U.S. policymakers repeatedly underestimate the costs and consequences of intervention to both the United States and the people of the Middle East.

Losing the Long Game by Phil Gordon

October 7, 2020

Mali
Military Consolidates its Hold on Mali's Interim Government

On October 5, Mali's interim president, retired colonel Bah Ndaw, announced his cabinet. As is frequent in West Africa, it is large, with twenty-five members.

Two African men, one in military clothing, one in traditional white clothing, attend a presidential inauguration. The flag of Mali can be seen.

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 22, 2020

Mali
Mali Update: Stand-Off

On September 21, the military junta that overthrew the Mali government of President Ibrahim Keita announced a transitional government. It is headed by retired Colonel Bah N'Daw, with junta leader Colonel Assimi Goïta as his vice president.

Malian coup leader Assimi Goita sits, in full military clothing, at a table during negotiations with ECOWAS. A red, yellow, and green flag is visible in the background.

September 18, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force

September 8, 2020

United States
Winners and Losers of the Pandemic Economy

While it is true that bullish equity markets are out of step with the historic contraction in the real economy, to say that they are disconnected from it misses the point. In fact, the lofty valuatio…

S&P 500 trading screens are displayed at the Nasdaq building in Times Square as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus in New York City.

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.