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May 25, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Peace Was Not at Hand

In the Weekly Standard I commented recently on the account former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has given of the peace negotiations he led near the end of his term in office.  Here are some ex…

July 16, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Governor Scott Walker, GOP Presidential Candidate

Twelve Americans have become president without having earned a college degree. (Two of them are on Mount Rushmore.) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who studied at Marquette University but left befor…

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, July 13, 2015.

May 13, 2019

South Africa
South African Election Results Strengthen Ramaphosa's Hand in the ANC

The governing African National Congress (ANC) won its smallest percentage ever of votes ever in a national election in the just-concluded 2019 elections. The ANC won 57.5 percent, the Democratic Alliance won 20.77 percent, while the Economic Freedom Fighters won 10.79 percent; the remaining thirty-two parties together won 10.94 percent. 

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April 29, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Anti-junta Coalition Has a Weak Hand—and It’s Going to Get Weaker

Although it has been more than a month since Thailand’s elections, the actual outcome remains uncertain. The final count of seats in the lower house of parliament is still unclear, since the election…

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April 16, 2019

China
Does China’s “Invisible Hand” Steer Funds to State-Owned Firms?

“Market outcomes,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told Congress in February, must “determine winners” in China. It can no longer be “state capitalism.” As a precondition for any t…

Does China’s “Invisible Hand” Steer Funds to State-Owned Firms?

July 1, 2019

North Korea
Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting: Is Kim Jong-un Foil, Friend, or Foe?

Without proper preparations, what can a handshake at the DMZ deliver?

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August 23, 2019

South Korea
Japan-South Korea Tensions Are Eroding Security in Northeast Asia

The United States must protect the alliance architecture in Northeast Asia from internal threats, so that it will be prepared if and when external threats come its way.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono and South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha after a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN and dialogue partners foreign ministers' meeting in Bangkok, Thailand August 2, 2019.

October 18, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
Election 2020 Foreign Policy Roundup: The Democratic Debate, Trade Policy, and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Tuesday night’s debate allotted just twenty-two minutes to foreign policy. It’s doubtful the audience came away from that brief conversation with a deeper understanding of what the candidates hope to…

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren debate during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate in Westerville, Ohio, U.S., October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

March 22, 2018

China
China’s Heavy Hand in Africa

Is China’s “charm offensive” in Africa losing its charm and becoming just offensive?

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October 15, 2019

South Africa
U.S. Treasury Moves Against South Africa’s Corrupt Gupta Family

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S Treasury has formally sanctioned on October 10 members of the Gupta family and associates, who are members of a “significant corruption network in South Africa.” Under the sanction, all Gupta property in the United States is blocked and must be reported to OFAC.

Sigal Mandelker addresses a press roundtable and gestures with her hand.