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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 11, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Foreign Policy Is AWOL

Each Friday, I look at what is being said about foreign policy on the campaign trail. This week: For all of its surprises, 2020 is shaping up as a traditional campaign year in one important respect.

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)

September 4, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Ten More Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. For our final week: films that we haven’t yet recommended and think we should. 

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: The Battle of Algiers/IMDB; The Imitation Game/Amazon; Duck Soup/Google Play; Seven Days in May/Golden Globes; Letters from Iwo Jima/Amazon.

August 28, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Five Anti-War Movies Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that highlight the costs of war.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Hotel Rwanda/Amazon; Born on the Fourth of July/TV Guide; Gallipoli/IMDB; Paths of Glory/Amazon; Full Metal Jacket/TV Guide; All Quiet on the Western Front/IMDB

August 20, 2020

Mali
Mali Coup: "Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic"

Despite the crowd’s jubilation in Bamako, the arrest of President Ibrahim B. Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and other government officials seems unlikely to result in fundamental change in Mali.

African man, the President of Mali, smiles for cameras and is dressed in all-white traditional garb

August 14, 2020

World War II
Five Movies About World War II Worth Watching

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about the second World War.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Mrs. Miniver/TMDB; Schindler’s List/Amazon; The Longest Day/Amazon; Hacksaw Ridge/IMDB; Saving Private Ryan/Fathom Events; Twelve O’Clock High/Heritage Auctions.

August 5, 2020

Race and Ethnicity
“Viral Justice”: Interconnected Pandemics as Portal to Racial Justice

In this piece (which is part of a special Just Security “Racing National Security” symposium), Catherine Powell argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a window into the pandemics of policing,…

Black Lives Matter Rally

August 4, 2020

United States
Happy 230th Birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard!

The United States Coast Guard celebrates its 230th birthday today. The Coast Guard was created on August 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton to constr…

Coast Guard