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June 29, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: The Pacificus-Helvidius Debate

Original intent. The term pops up frequently in debates over how to interpret the U.S. Constitution. At its core, the concept of original intent holds that constitutional interpretation should be gui…

Hamilton Madison

June 24, 2020

U.S. Congress
FISA’s Current Controversies and Room for Improvement (Part Two)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has become almost impossibly political. In part two of our two-part series on FISA, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency Glenn Gerst…

U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Examining the Inspector General's report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)."

June 8, 2020

Germany
Bundestag Hack Redux: More Smoke Than Mirrors

In early May, it was reported that Germany's federal prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Dmitriy Badin, the Russian hacker behind the 2015 cyberattacks targeting the Bundestag. Despite this, it i…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

June 8, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Gender Representation and Diversity in the Foreign Affairs Community

Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley joined the Council on Foreign Relations for a roundtable discussion on the importance of diversity in the foreign affairs comm…

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is surrounded as she bids farewell to a lobby filled with employees after her last day at the State Department in Washington, January 16, 2009.

June 2, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Affirming Our Commitment to Human Rights, at Home and Abroad

The sickening murder of George Floyd, and the laudable fact that the press in the United States is free to report it and to tell the story of the protests sweeping the nation, has again exposed just how much injustice persists in the United States.

U.S. Ambassador Brian Nichols Meets with Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo in Harare, June 1, 2020

May 22, 2020

India
Reflections on India’s Foreign Affairs Strategy

I had the opportunity earlier this week to take part in a fascinating webinar discussion, hosted by Brookings India, on India’s foreign policy strategy. The anchor for the conversation was a new pape…

A man in a face mask cleans machinery

May 13, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Ambassadors for Gender Equality: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why They Matter

Since the United States appointed the first-ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues in 2009, ten more countries have followed, creating new posts focused on women's rights and gender equal…

U.S. Ambassador Melanne Verveer

May 11, 2020

Australia
Australia: Is the United States Still a Reliable Ally?

The pandemic and tensions with China are creating a wedge between Canberra and Washington.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, on February 28, 2020.

April 21, 2020

Canada
Five Questions on Gender Equality in Foreign Policy: Jacqueline O’Neill

This blog post is part of the Women and Foreign Policy program’s interview series on Gender Equality in Foreign Policy, featuring global and U.S. officials leading initiatives to promote gender equal…

Government of Canada, WPS Ambassador

April 21, 2020

Coronavirus
Singapore: The Limits of a National Response

The recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Singapore shows that there are limits to what national responses to a global pandemic can achieve. 

Migrant workers look out from their balconies at Punggol S-11 dormitory, during the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore on April 6, 2020.