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January 7, 2020

Central America
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: Worsening Conditions in the Northern Triangle

This year, deteriorating economic and security conditions in the Northern Triangle, resulting in increased migration outflows from the region, was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Pr…

Thousands of migrants from Central America travel through Mexico on their way to the United States, on October 27, 2018.

February 25, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Leave Afghanistan?

Since November, I have been talking with experts with differing views on how the United States should handle the foreign policy challenges it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election …

An Afghan National Army officer holds the black, red, and green Afghan flag during a training exercise in Kabul in October 2015.

February 24, 2020

South Korea
Don't Gut the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The OPCON transition plan should be put on the back burner or, better yet, scrapped altogether.

Members of South Korean and U.S. Special Forces enter a CH-47 Chinook during a joint military exercise conducted in Gangwon province, South Korea, on November 7, 2019.

February 20, 2020

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Continues to Struggle to Confront the Coronavirus

Although Southeast Asia remains the region where the coronavirus is most likely to spread in significant numbers, most of the region’s states remain significantly underprepared to deal with the virus…

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers pose during an emergency meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the coronavirus outbreak in Vientiane, Laos on February 20, 2020.

February 7, 2020

Zimbabwe
Little Has Changed in Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

After thirty-seven years in power, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was toppled via a military coup in November 2017. His successor and former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, promised a break from Mugabe’s authoritarian rule and economic mismanagement, declaring a “new Zimbabwe” that is “open for business.” After two years in power, to what extent has Mnangagwa delivered on his promises? In short, it’s bleak.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa's supporters arrive for the ruling ZANU PF party's annual conference on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, on December 13, 2019.

January 28, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Rethink Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in December 2018. Saudi Royal Court via Reuters.

January 27, 2020

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Governments Squeeze Freedom of the Press

Southeast Asia has never been an easy environment for reporters. The region contains two of the most repressive states in the world, Laos and Vietnam, which are ranked by Freedom House as “not free” …

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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.

January 17, 2020

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s Year Ahead: Grim but not Hopeless

The year ahead for Zimbabwe is looking grim. The vast majority of its people will continue to suffer, and its leaders will continue to blame others for their own failures.

Protesters hold flags during clashes after police banned planned protests over austerity and rising living costs called by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 16, 2019

January 17, 2020

Cybersecurity
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Cyberattack on U.S. Critical Infrastructure

This year, a highly disruptive cyberattack on U.S. critical infrastructure, including electoral systems, was the top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities S…

DHS election security workers monitor screens in November 2018.