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November 25, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Deval Patrick, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Deval Patrick is testing the accuracy of the old saying, “Better late than never.” Last December the former Massachusetts governor announced he would not run for president in 2020. Among the reasons …

Deval Patrick

January 13, 2020

United Kingdom
Brexit’s Finish Line Is Only the "End of the Beginning" for Britain and the European Union

The United Kingdom faces numerous uncertainties as Brexit nears its nominal finish line.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in London.

January 6, 2020

World Order
The World Is Heading Back to the Future—to Another Volatile, Roaring ‘20s

The international politics of 2020 bear unnerving resemblance to the conditions that precipitated World War II.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump makes a speech in Miami, Florida.

December 9, 2019

Antarctica
The Landmark Antarctic Treaty Turns Sixty, Facing Its Biggest Test: Climate Change

The era of scientific cooperation that birthed the Antarctic Treaty, when contrasted with the global threat posed by climate change, attests to the need for a new, planetary politics.

Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont díUrville in East Antarctica.

December 18, 2019

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Six Global Summits to Watch in 2020

The year ahead promises to bring several gatherings of world leaders that could either continue the trend of declining international cooperation or breathe new life into multilateralism.

World leaders walk off after a family photo session at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan.

December 16, 2019

Global Governance
The Alliance for Multilateralism Makes Sense. Can It Make Good?

The incipient Alliance for Multilateralism comes at a pivotal moment, but its ambiguous identity represents a potential stumbling block.

German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas delivers a speech next to his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

December 17, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Violence Against Women: Beyond Multilateral Virtue Signaling

Multilateral institutions often focus on rhetoric over action in countering violence against women. States inclined to do better should take matters into their own hands and adopt feminist foreign po…

Women during a demonstration against gender violence at Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City, Mexico.

January 17, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Seventh Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the Democrats debate in Des Moines, the New York Times interviews the candidates, and two new poll…

The top six Democratic presidential challengers take the stage at the January 14 debate in Des Moines, Iowa.

December 2, 2019

Cybersecurity
Can New Rules of the Road Help in Securing Cyberspace?

Incipient cyber norms will not become established principles of conduct overnight. 

A computer keyboard lit by displayed code.

November 25, 2019

Europe
Europe Wants Strategic Autonomy, but That Is Much Easier Said Than Done

Achieving strategic autonomy will require Europeans to develop a coherent strategic culture, reach agreement on  priorities, and reassure U.S. leaders that greater autonomy is complementary to NATO. …

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take part in the launching of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).