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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…

March 19, 2021

Niger
Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou Awarded Mo Ibrahim Prize for Excellence in African Leadership

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, set to step down after two terms as president, was last week awarded the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

A picture of Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou speaking before the UN General Assembly.

November 17, 2021

China
Takeaway From the Biden-Xi Meeting: Jaw Jawing as Success

Little of substance was expected of the Monday night meeting, but Biden said the two sides had to establish “guardrails” to prevent a clash, while Xi said he was glad to see his “old friend.”

Biden meets with Xi over the screen in the conference room

November 3, 2021

Japan
PM Kishida’s Election

October 31 offered the Japanese people the opportunity to weigh in on their new prime minister, Fumio Kishida, and his party, the Liberal Democrats. 

Japan's Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader Fumio Kishida poses with key party members as he puts rosettes on a board with names of successful general election candidates, at the party headquarters, in Tokyo, Japan, October 31, 2021.

April 21, 2021

U.S. Trade Deficit
Tariffs and the Trade Balance: How Trump Validated His Critics

  Before Donald Trump became president in 2017, Americans paid tariffs on just two percent of their imported goods. The average tariff rate was 1.7 percent. In 2018, however, Trump launched…

Tariffs and the Trade Balance: How Trump Validated His Critics

September 3, 2020

South Africa
South Africa's Ramaphosa Tackles Corruption and Strengthens His Hand

South Africa's African National Congress' National Executive Council, led by Cyril Ramaphosa, appears to have taken meaningful steps against corruption while at the same time strengthening the president's position within the party.   

African man, South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa, waves and smiles. He is wearing a black suit, white shirt, and red tie.

February 3, 2020

Australia
Morrison Struggles Amidst His Bushfire Response

Daniel Flitton is the editor of The Interpreter, a digital magazine published daily by the Lowy Institute in Sydney. When political dramas unfold in real life, they never seem to feature that one …

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen visiting a fire-damaged property on Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia, on January 8, 2020.

December 20, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Remembering Richard Holbrooke and His Contributions to the Congo

Twenty years ago, I was catching my breath after a whirlwind trip through central and southern Africa. I had been traveling with my boss, Senator Russ Feingold, whose expertise on African affairs eve…

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke speaks at the UN Security Council after members voted to authorize a 5,500-member force to monitor the ceasefire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on February 24, 2000

December 1, 2021

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Two Cheers for the Department of Defense’s New Data and Artificial Intelligence Leadership Initiative

The reorganization proposal will face bureaucratic hurdles, but if it succeeds, it could make U.S. data and AI leadership more likely.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaking into a microphone. Behind him is a sign with an image of the Pentagon.

October 8, 2021

Indonesia
Jokowi and the Missed Promises: Part 1

Joko Widodo has failed to fulfill his potential as Indonesia's leader.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, wearing traditional Baduy outfit and a protective mask, stands before delivering his State of the Nation Address ahead of the country's Independence Day,