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December 20, 2017

Global Governance
Desperately Seeking Sherpas: Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2018

The Trump administration’s approach to ten critical global summits in the year ahead will show whether its pullback from multilateralism in 2017 was an aberration or the start of a new normal.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

December 18, 2017

United States
Trump Security Strategy a Study in Contrasts

The president’s first national security strategy eloquently sums up the U.S. role in the world and what should be done to defend it, but much of the document is at odds with what the president himsel…

Trump introduces his administration's first national security strategy.

December 13, 2017

China
Australia, New Zealand Face China’s Influence

Reports that China has stepped up efforts to gain influence in foreign political systems have sparked concern in Australia, New Zealand, and other states amid signs that the campaign may be shaping d…

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shake hands before a ceremony in Canberra, Australia.

November 3, 2017

Kenya
What Went Wrong With Kenya’s Elections?

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s impasse over the 2017 election has cast a shadow on Kenya’s future.

Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

November 29, 2017

Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe: Icon and Kleptocrat

Zimbabwe’s founding father, Robert Mugabe, ushered his country into independence, then established a tyrannical regime and presided over the destruction of the economy. He was ousted in a November pa…

Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe president

November 3, 2017

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Taking Stock of the Treaty on Open Skies

A little-known treaty provides transparency for confirming arms control agreements and serves as an important measure of the health of the U.S.-Russia relationship.

OSCE

October 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era

President Trump appears little troubled by the sharp democratic decline in Southeast Asia, but the rise of authoritarianism could hurt U.S. interests in the region.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shakes hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2017.

October 27, 2017

Japan
Abe’s Win and Japan’s Constitutional Debate

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is positioned to push constitutional revision following his landslide electoral win, but his efforts will be challenged at home and abroad.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

August 21, 2017

Kenya
Uneasy Stalemate in Postelection Kenya

The opposition leader’s challenge to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory risks undermining democracy in East Africa’s economic hub.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga greets supporters after a rally in Nairobi, Kenya.

September 22, 2017

Armenia
A Simmering Crisis Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Talks later this year between President Serzh Sargsyan and President Ilham Aliyev can reduce the likelihood of renewed armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Reuters