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May 21, 2019

U.S. Congress
A Conversation with Senator Chris Van Hollen: Can a Polarized Congress Check President Trump?

Senator Chris Van Hollen discusses the successes and failures of bipartisan efforts in Congress to check President Trump on crucial foreign policy issues, including Russia, North Korea, China, and Tu…

Play U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen on Capitol Hill.

October 10, 2018

China
Who Controls the Tap? Addressing Water Security in Asia

The absence of a U.S. response to China’s encroachment on Asia’s rivers points to a failure to comprehend the regional implications of increased competition for water resources.

China water hydropower

August 12, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bill de Blasio, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Bill de Blasio announced on September 20, 2019, that he was ending his campaign. Height is an advantage in presidential politics. Throughout American history, the taller of the two major p…

Bill de Blasio

February 6, 2020

Americas
Why Can’t Central America Curb Corruption?

Pervasive corruption has long stymied development and fueled emigration from some of Central America’s poorest countries. The recent disbanding of antigraft commissions makes their prospects for refo…

April 6, 2020

Syria
Can the World Alleviate Idlib’s Humanitarian Disaster Amid a Pandemic?

At the outset of 2020, the conflict in Idlib province was emerging as the worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s nine-year war. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has made relief efforts even more difficult…

April 3, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Coronavirus, Foreign Policy, and Election 2020

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus’s impact on Election 2020, calls for sanctions relief for Iran, and authoritarian …

A blue sign that says "VOTE" with an arrow points voters toward a polling station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the 2018 midterm elections.

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus
How Jihadi Groups in Africa Will Exploit COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak begins to spread in earnest in Africa, we can expect so-called jihadi groups on the continent to try to take advantage of the crisis to unleash violence and recruit members. We are already seeing indications that this has started happening. Governments, development workers, and aid agencies need to be made aware of this threat and take steps to deny these brutal militias more room to operate.

A soldier carrying a rifle in military fatigues observes temperature checks at the border between Abuja and Nasarawa states in Nigeria, as the authorities try to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on March 30, 2020.

April 2, 2020

Climate Change
Building a Resilient Tomorrow

Building a Resilient Tomorrow Teaching Notes by Alice C. Hill, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy

Building a Resilient Tomorrow Teaching Notes by Alice C. Hill

April 1, 2020

Nigeria
Lagos and Abuja on Lockdown to Stop Coronavirus in Nigeria

President Buhari has ordered the lockdown of Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria’s commercial and political capitals, as part of the effort to contain the coronavirus. Lagos poses enormous challenges to “social distancing,” but it also has governance advantages other parts of Nigeria lack. Abuja is less crowded and in some areas has better infrastructure. It is also under the direct control of the Federal government. According to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, as of the morning of April 1, Nigeria had 140 active confirmed cases, 2 deaths, and 9 people recovered. Nigeria recorded its first case of coronavirus in the country on February 25. 

A street-level view of a deserted road in the central business district is pictured on the first day of a 14-day lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 31, 2020.

March 31, 2020

Monetary Policy
What Is the U.S. Federal Reserve?

Over the past decade, the Fed has deployed trillions of dollars in stimulus while expanding its regulatory oversight. Under the Trump administration, the central bank is back on the front lines to fi…

Federal Reserve