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February 27, 2020

South Korea
Burden-Sharing in the U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Finding Balance

The purpose, intent, and rationale of OPCON transition must be properly explained to the South Korean and American publics.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo pose ahead of a meeting at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, on August 9, 2019.

February 25, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Leave Afghanistan?

Since November, I have been talking with experts with differing views on how the United States should handle the foreign policy challenges it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election …

An Afghan National Army officer holds the black, red, and green Afghan flag during a training exercise in Kabul in October 2015.

February 25, 2020

Afghanistan
Should the United States Leave Afghanistan?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Carter Malkasian and Barnett Rubin join host James M. Lindsay to discuss the United States’ presence in Afghanistan.

Podcast Private First Class Brandon Voris, 19, of Lebanon, Ohio, from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company stands in the middle of his camp as a sandstorm hits his remote outpost near Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.

February 24, 2020

Election 2020
CFR-Wayne State Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum

Watch an in-depth, nonpartisan conversation on critical foreign policy challenges facing the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Former government officials from Republican and Democratic admin…

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February 24, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Coronavirus, Oil, and Global Supply Chains

As nations prepare for a possible health emergency, world leaders are realizing that the new coronavirus is going to be harder to contain than previously hoped. Mobilization is continuing, and concer…

An empty street is seen after a coronavirus outbreak, in Milan, Italy February 24, 2020.

February 24, 2020

China
African Students in Wuhan Confront Staying Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Almost 5,000 African students study in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. To date, health officials reported over 2,000 deaths and more than 70,000 infections across mainland China. In response, many governments have moved to evacuate their citizens from Hubei province, where Wuhan is. China is Africa's most important trading partner, and African governments are concerned about the coronavirus spreading to the continent. 

A young female traveller in a blue hoodie with a medical mask passes a ticket to the gate agent at the Addis airport.

February 24, 2020

China
Podcast: Fred Hochberg on the U.S.-China Trade Deal and U.S. Trade Policy

The phase one trade deal signed by the United States and China was heralded by many as an important first step in reducing trade tensions between the two countries. Yet, the benefits of trade have co…

Podcast President Trump hosts U.S.-China trade signing ceremony at the White House in Washington

February 24, 2020

China
Podcast: James McGregor on the Shifting Landscape for U.S. Business in China

January was an important month for U.S. business in China. China’s new investment law came into effect, and the phase one trade agreement de-escalated trade tensions. Meanwhile, businesses across Chi…

Podcast Employees of Tesla are seen during a delivery event for Tesla China-made Model 3 cars in Shanghai

February 21, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Las Vegas Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy is AWOL in Las Vegas; Bloomberg and Warren talk about Latin America; and foreign po…

Democratic candidates raise their hand to speak while they stand behind podiums at the Democratic debate on Wednesday, February 19.

February 20, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Secretary of State Pompeo Completes Trip to Africa

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently completed his first trip to Africa in his current role in the Trump administration. Over three days, he visited Dakar in Senegal, Luanda in Angola, and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, where he also visited the head of the African Union. During the trip, Secretary Pompeo advocated for a stronger U.S.-Africa relationship amidst China’s growing role on the continent. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a dark suit with a red tie, walks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in a navy suit with a red tie, walks down white marble stairs with a red carpet at the Prime Minister office after a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are followed by two men in suits, and flanked by two armed Ethiopian guards in red berets and military fatigues.