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December 18, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Strategy for Africa

On December 13, Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, delivered the administration’s long-awaited encyclical on Africa before an overflow audience at the Heritage Foundation. In a typically blunt manner, Ambassador Bolton characterized China’s policies toward Africa as rapacious and neo-colonial, expressing concern that China would use its leverage over states heavily indebted to it in return for a monopolistic hold on the continent’s natural resource bounty.

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November 26, 2018

India
A Decade On, Will There Ever Be Justice for the Mumbai Attacks?

Ten years ago today, terrorists laid siege to Mumbai over a period of three days. Images of the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in flames shocked the world, but terrorists also attacked the Oberoi Hote…

A policeman pays his respects at a memorial to mark the tenth anniversary of the November 26, 2008 attacks, in Mumbai, India, November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

November 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Considers New Oil Production Cuts Amid Shrinking Budget Deficits

This is a guest post by Jareer Elass, an energy analyst who has covered the Gulf and OPEC for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to the Arab Weekly.  As the 2019 budget season approaches, Saudi…

 Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih addresses the gathering during India Energy Forum in New Delhi, India, October 15, 2018.

October 29, 2018

Donald Trump
Commentary: How Trump Should, but Probably Won't, Confront Saudi Arabia

The latest Saudi explanation of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi — that his murder was premeditated by his assailants — is no more acceptable an explanation than the earlier versions, that…

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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 …

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October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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September 24, 2018

Maldives
Maldives Halts Democratic Backsliding

The outcome of the election in the Maldives, which ousted the authoritarian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, allows the country to focus on rebuilding its democratic institutions and its relati…

Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives on September 24, 2018. Ashwa Faheem/Reuters

September 24, 2018

International Organizations
The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but it faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first–century challenges.

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September 21, 2018

Hungary
Europe Wrestles With Hungary’s Populist Challenge

The European Parliament’s vote to reprimand Hungary over its growing authoritarianism has tested the EU’s readiness to stand up to illiberalism within the bloc.

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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.