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September 23, 2020

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
How Is the U.S. Military Pivoting in Europe?

The U.S. military is considering some major shifts to its posture in Europe, including a large withdrawal from bases in Germany, that are raising security concerns on the continent.

September 22, 2020

Afghanistan
A Conversation With Abdullah Abdullah

Abdullah Abdullah discusses the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, and the challenges facing Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation.

Play Abdullah Abdullah speaks during opening remarks for talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar

September 22, 2020

United Nations
Donald Trump’s Disjointed and Misleading UN Address

President Trump's virtual address to the UN General Assembly was shallow, unpersuasive, and exaggerated his domestic and international achievements.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump is projected on a screen in the mostly vacant UN General Assembly in New York during the 75th annual UN General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtually, on September 22, 2020.

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 22, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Flawed U.S. Effort to Revive Iran Sanctions

The Trump administration’s case for invoking “snapback” sanctions against Iran for violating the nuclear deal rests on shallow arguments that have left Washington alone in efforts to pressure Tehran…

Ambassador Kelly Craft watches Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk about the nuclear deal after a UN Security Council meeting

September 21, 2020

A Conversation With Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran

Please join Foreign Minister Zarif for a discussion of Iranian relations with the United States, the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and prospects for peace in the Middle Ea…

Play Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif standing next to a red, white, green Iranian flag

September 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thai Protests Focus More Explicitly on the Monarchy

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. After weeks of reformist protests in Bangkok and other parts of the country, Thailand’s demo…

Pro-democracy protesters display the three-fingered salute while singing the national anthem during a mass rally to call for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy, in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 20, 2020.

September 21, 2020

Europe and Eurasia
France vs. Turkey: A Showdown in the Mediterranean Is Brewing

With Washington absent and Berlin indifferent, it has fallen to Paris to deter and defuse the situation.

Three Greek and French military vessels sail in formation in the Mediterraneans Sea.

September 21, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t Only About Iran. There’s Also Turkey.

Israel and the UAE both see Iran as a mutual enemy, but their decision to normalize relations also helps them form a united front against Turkey’s growing regional influence.

A child sits on a man's shoulders and holds the Turkish and Palestinian flags.

September 18, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: How Americans See the World

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats and Republicans see foreign policy very differently.

Mail-in ballots sit in a box before they are verified by election officials in 2016.