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November 4, 2022

United Nations
Women This Week: United Nations’ Spotlight on Ongoing Protests in Iran

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers October 29 to November 4.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield speaks with actor and activist Nazanin Boniadi before a UN Security Council Arria-formula meeting focused on the ongoing protests in Iran, hosted by the United States and Albania, at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 2, 2022.

November 1, 2022

China’s Latest National Infrastructure Project Spotlights Computing Capabilities

A new computing project in China aims to reorient the country's data processing capabilities while jumpstarting lagging growth in interior provinces and meeting increasingly demanding environmental r…

A map of China overlaid against a background of ones and zeros.

September 23, 2022

United States
Why “Reforming” the United Nations Security Council is a Bad Idea

President Biden has embraced "reforms" of the United Nations Security Council that are impractical and would undermine U.S. interests.

September 6, 2022

The Rocky Road to Cyber Norms at the United Nations

The UN cybersecurity working group has faced several challenges throughout its existence. In order to achieve meaningful progress on cyber norms, members must navigate major political crises and disc…

Members of the UN Security Council sit at a round table with a camera in the center.

April 8, 2022

Junta and Public at Odds in Sudan

Sudan’s military junta and Sudan’s citizens have fundamentally different visions for the country’s future.

Man in white shirt carries large Sudanese flag during protests in the capital city, Khartoum.

May 16, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Taliban Order Women to Cover Their Faces in Public

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers May 5 to May 13.

Taliban Minister of Virtue and Vice Sheikh Mohammad Khalid attends the news conference about a new command of hijab by Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 7, 2022.

October 13, 2021

Latin America
EU's Top Diplomat Ignores His Staff and Insists on Observing Venezuela's Elections

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Borrell will send an election observer mission to Venezuela despite his own staff's scathing report on conditions there and advice not do observe the phony e…

October 31, 2022

A State of Uncertainty

Nigerians hold their breath as Western nations’ terror alerts deepen apprehension about the country’s immediate prospects.

Nigerian armed forces point large rifles from an official army truck while Nigerians onlookers stand on the side of the dirt road.

March 12, 2021

Senegal's Democracy Faces a Crisis of Public Trust

Senegal is easy to admire.  It’s long been one of Africa’s most stable democracies, where vigorous debate and dissent are part of peaceful democratic discourse. It has maintained its security and territorial integrity, managing to avoid being engulfed in

A supporter of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko holds a T-shirt reading "Macky, leave Sonko" during a protest in Dakar, Senegal March 8, 2021.

August 22, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Pompeo Staffs Up

Today Secretary of State Pompeo announced the appointment of Steve Biegun to be Special Representative for North Korea. This follows the announcements of Brian Hook as Special Representative for Iran…