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November 12, 2019

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Maintain Maximum Pressure on Iran?

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…

A line of Iranian flags wave in a square in Tehran.

November 10, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 244 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have …

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July 5, 2016

Asia
Review of Benedict Anderson’s "A Life Beyond Boundaries"

It is a common scene among the community of Southeast Asia specialists in Washington. At a talk, or a visit by a leading Southeast Asian politician, the conversation inevitably comes around to the sa…

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October 11, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Syrian Kurds, the NBA, and LGBTQ Rights

Each week, I look at what the presidential candidates are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail. 

People flee Turkish air strikes in Ras al Ain along the northern Syrian border.

September 27, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Treason, Debates, and Progressive Foreign Policy

Each week from now until Election Day, I will be looking at what the presidential candidates are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail. 

President Trump's Republican contenders debate each other in New York on September 24.

August 1, 2019

Nigeria
Notes From Yobe State on Living With ISWA

From far away it is difficult to know what daily life is really like in an area controlled by a Boko Haram faction. Chitra Nagarajan, a journalist and author who has written for the Guardian (UK), among other publications, recently spent time in Yobe State doing research on gender.

A girl walks past a bull stall on the street in Dapchi.

October 25, 2013

Japan
Rob Sheldon: Advancing U.S.-Japan Collective Cyber Capabilities (Part III: Cooperation)

Rob Sheldon is a 2013-2014 Mansfield Fellow based in Tokyo. Follow him at @shorttelegrams. Also see Part I and Part II of this series. As the United States and Japan seek to develop the capacity for…

Participants from government ministries and agencies take part in the Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence (CYDER) in Tokyo on September 25, 2013. (Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters)

October 21, 2013

Japan
Rob Sheldon: Advancing U.S.-Japan Collective Cyber Capabilities (Part I: Context)

Rob Sheldon is a 2013-2014 Mansfield Fellow based in Tokyo. Follow him at @shorttelegrams. Also see Part II and Part III of this series. After several years of incremental improvements, Washington a…

Participants from government ministries and agencies take part in the Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence (CYDER) in Tokyo on September 25, 2013. (Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters)

June 30, 2014

India
Ashlyn Anderson: In Iraq, Modi Finds His First Foreign Policy Test

Ashlyn Anderson is a research associate for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stunned the world with its recent victorie…

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May 24, 2019

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

Memorial Day 2019