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February 7, 2019

United States
The State of the Union Speech Trump Didn’t Deliver

This was originally published on the Quint and is reposted here with permission. For a speech that US President Donald J Trump told supporters was likely to contain as much as “40 to 50 percent” f…

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young

November 9, 2018

China
Selling U.S. China Policy

Vice President Mike Pence’s October 4 speech on China, which many commentators have referred to as the administration’s defining China moment, was a leaden litany of Chinese vices and a hyped-up asse…

US-China meeting

October 19, 2018

Donald Trump
The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership

The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership, my latest book with Ivo H. Daalder, just debuted. It chronicles President Trump’s first eighteen months directing U.S. foreign policy. We …

TET cover

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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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. 

Congress

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

March 13, 2018

U.S. State Department
Tillerson, Pompeo, and the State of State

Mike Pompeo inherits a marginalized State Department, undermined by several grievous mistakes from Rex Tillerson. 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart at the end of a five-country swing through Africa from Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2018.

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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