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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 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 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq Poised to Expand Influence

Any sharp drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq grants Iran a golden opportunity to expand its influence there and threatens to inflame sectarian tensions.

October 13, 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 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…

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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.

October 2, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Provides an October Surprise

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: The news that President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus injects new uncertainty into Elec…

President Donald Trump walks outside the White House.

September 25, 2020

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

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 Iran.

The Iranian flag being removed from a stage during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015.

September 11, 2020

Afghanistan
What to Know About the Afghan Peace Negotiations

The Center for Preventive Action has compiled an accessible overview of the Afghan peace negotiations, including the U.S.-Taliban agreement, the U.S.-Afghan government joint declaration, and the ongo…

An Afghan man walks past a wall painted with a photo of U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 13, 2020.

August 13, 2020

Poland
Pompeo’s European Tour, Democrats’ Virtual National Convention, and More

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wraps up his trip to Central Europe with a visit to Poland, the Democratic National Convention is set to take place virtually, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon…

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