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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 …

U.S. Marine Corps

September 27, 2019

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

Each Friday 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 26, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is the second time the charm? Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders certainly hopes so. Back in 2016, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist gave heavily favored Hillary Clinton a surprisingly tough run f…

Bernie Sanders

August 20, 2019

Trade
The Next Stage of the U.S.-China Trade War Will Be Much Worse

The trade war between the United States and China has entered a new and dangerous phase.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu

August 12, 2019

Sanctions
What Are Economic Sanctions?

For many policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges such as terrorism and conflict.

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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.

July 31, 2019

Iran Nuclear Agreement
What Is the Status of the Iran Nuclear Agreement?

The United States’ withdrawal from the arms control agreement has heightened tensions and left the remaining signatories scrambling to keep the deal alive.

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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)