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December 22, 2020

Cybersecurity
The SolarWinds Compromise and the Strategic Challenge of the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain

Possibly the most significant cyber breach targeting the U.S. government in years, the compromise of SolarWinds highlights the need for a risk-based approach to supply chain security and resilience. …

The SolarWinds logo is seen outside its headquarters.

December 21, 2020

Cybersecurity
Assessing President Trump’s Legacy of Cyber Confusion

The Trump administration leaves a legacy of confusion over cybersecurity issues with few positives.

U.S. President Trump stands onto the field at Michie Stadium ahead of the annual Army-Navy collegiate football game.

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

December 2, 2020

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2021

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand twenty witnessed many significant anniversaries: the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War …

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

October 30, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 30, 2020

U.S. Treasury Department sanctions Russia’s CNIIHM; China cracks down on mobile browsers; Australia, Japan, and the United States to jointly fund Palau undersea telecoms cable; Georgia county electio…

A voting booth is prepared.

October 15, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Changing Style of African Coups

As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.

A picture of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, the country's largest city.

October 12, 2020

Syria
Despite Ceasefire Agreement, Turkey Implicated In More Than Eight Hundred Violations

Amy Austin Holmes is a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. One year ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prom…

Smoke rises above the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, as seen from Turkey, on October 13, 2019.

October 9, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: VP Candidates Discuss Foreign Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed U.S. policy toward China and U.S. global leadership at Wedne…

Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence sit across from each other separated by plexiglass on the stage of the vice-presidential debate.

October 6, 2020

Election 2020
TWE Remembers: Four Memorable Foreign Policy Moments in Vice-Presidential Debates

This blog post was written by Anna Shortridge, research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. The vice-presidential debate is scheduled to be held tomorrow tonight…

Veep debate

October 5, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Clean Network Program: Digital Age Echoes of the “Long Telegram”?

The U.S. State Department's Clean Network program, created in response to China's expanding capabilities in cyberspace, recalls the the warning George Kennan gave about the Soviet Union in his famous…

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