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March 13, 2018

Donald Trump
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is Fired

CFR's Stephen Sestanovich and Paul Stares join James M. Lindsay to discuss Rex Tillerson's firing and other planned personnel changes within the Trump administration.

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September 4, 2018

India
Background Brief: Meet the U.S.-India “2+2”

The upcoming U.S.-India "2+2" dialogue marks a new configuration for an existing dialogue begun in the Barack Obama administration. Here's how the consultation has evolved.

India's Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (L) speaks as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis looks on during a joint news conference in New Delhi, India September 26, 2017.

August 21, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump to Visit Africa

On the margins of her speech on abusive use of social media, First Lady Melania Trump’s office announced that she will be making a trip alone to Africa in the coming autumn.

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August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

June 28, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: June 29, 2018

This week: Congress looks at cyber-related legislation, the U.S.-China tech dispute, blockchains in Australia, and social media in Vietnam. 

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June 11, 2018

United States
Trump Administration Cyber Reports Offer No New Ideas and Highlight Problems with Its Own Actions

Two new State Department reports fail to acknowledge the crisis facing U.S. cyber policy and recycle ideas that have been around for years. 

Pompeo at the White House

June 7, 2018

Trade
World Leaders Didn’t Take Trump at His Word on Trade. Now They’re in a Pickle.

The president has been clear about his protectionist views. Why didn’t anyone listen?

US President Trump

May 25, 2018

India
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy Needs More Indian Ocean

Washington will need to identify and commit to specific goals in the Indo-Pacific if this geographic and strategic approach is to be successful.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Trump hold a joint news conferences at the White House.

May 21, 2018

Human Rights
The Internet Freedom Agenda: Not Dead, but Not Exactly Thriving Either

Despite the obituaries, human rights activists at a recent panel discussion argued that the internet freedom strategy was still very much alive—it just needs a shot of adrenaline.  

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April 13, 2018

China
China’s Strategy in Djibouti: Mixing Commercial and Military Interests

With the opening of the first overseas Chinese military base in Djibouti, this tiny Horn of Africa country has become a testing ground for the mixing of China's commercial and military interests abro…

Djiboutian workers stand at the opening of the Doraleh Multipurpose Port