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May 31, 2023

South America’s Minimum Consensus on Democracy is Gone

Forget regional integration. Basic diplomacy will remain an uphill battle until the region’s leaders return to a shared definition of democracy.


May 30, 2023

U.S. Influence in Southeast Asia Falling off a Cliff

Despite Beijing's often aggressive military and diplomatic approach, Southeast Asian nations are increasingly siding with China over the United States.

Southeast Asian leaders wave in a group photo.

May 16, 2023

South Africa
Facing Reality on South Africa

Walking on eggshells with South Africa only obscures an increasingly discordant U.S.-South Africa relationship.

Sitting in front of the South African and United States' flags, Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor.

May 9, 2023

Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Three decades after its founding, Latin America’s largest trade bloc continues to deal with internal divisions, including over a stalled trade deal with the European Union. How could the return of Brazil’s Lula change the calculus?

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Brazil.

April 20, 2023

United States
How to Prepare for the Future After Seven Decades of the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The United States and South Korea are marking their seventy-year alliance with a state visit amid tighter defense collaboration. But the alliance “forged in blood” should now evolve to be powered by chips, batteries, and clean technology.

April 28, 2023

Women and Economic Growth
Women This Week: Children in South Asia Represent Plurality of Global Child Brides, UNICEF Reports

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers April 22 to April 28.   

A bride looks on during a Muslim mass marriage ceremony amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India February 14, 2021.

May 2, 2023

South Korea
Taking Stock of The U.S.-South Korea Summit

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s state visit to the United States involved an impressive range of meetings with a broad range of actors and sectors of U.S. society.  

U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol shake hands as they meet in the Oval Office of the White House on April 26, 2023.

May 2, 2023

South Korea
Evaluating Extended Deterrence at the U.S.-South Korea Summit

The Washington Declaration offers concrete and visible U.S. efforts to reinforce its extended deterrence commitment to South Korea, but the media response to its implications has been mixed. 

U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol shake hands at the conclusion of a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 26, 2023.

April 27, 2023

South Korea
The Washington Declaration: Expanding the Nuclear Dimension of the U.S.-South Korean Alliance Response

The Washington Declaration, issued by presidents Joe Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol, expands nuclear consultations between the United States and South Korea. However, U.S. credibility must prove durable for…

U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol exit the Oval Office and walk up the West Wing colonnade to the Rose Garden to hold a joint news conference at the White House on April 26, 2023.

May 2, 2023

President Marcos Jr. Meets With President Biden—But the U.S. Position in Southeast Asia is Increasingly Shaky

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s visit to Washington represents a significant deepening of the U.S.-Philippines relationship. But many other Southeast Asian countries are increasingly turning to Chin…

Philippine President Marcos shakes hands with President Biden.