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December 11, 2019

Nigeria
Buhari's Attacks on the Press in Nigeria Continue Unabated

On December 6, the Department of State Security (DSS) stormed into an Abuja courtroom and illegally detained journalist Omoyele Sowore. The episode is deeply disappointing to American friends of Nigeria who are invested in that country’s democratic trajectory. The DSS flagrantly violated the rule of law and the sanctity of a courtroom by violently manhandling Sowore and causing the judge to flee her own chambers. The episode unfurled in full view of national and international media, dragging Nigeria’s international reputation through the mud.

A fight breaks out as security personnel attempt to re-arrest Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria December 6, 2019.

December 12, 2019

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2020

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand nineteen witnessed many significant anniversaries: the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versa…

Iwo Jima

December 11, 2019

Trade
The USMCA Breakthrough: The New U.S. Trade Consensus and What it Means for the World

In the history of the domestic politics of trade, the breakthrough announced this week on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a genuine milestone. Following intensive negotiations—in…

Pelosi USMCA Trade News Conference

December 11, 2019

China
Yes, Virginia, China Is Exporting Its Model

Last week I took part in a debate at CSIS on the topic of whether China seeks to export its development model.  For me, the answer to this question is self-evident: of course it does. Yet as I prepar…

Chinese President Xi Jinping raises his glass and proposes a toast at the end of his speech during the welcome banquet, after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, April 26, 2019.

December 10, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria's Sultan of Sokoto Bans #MeToo Movement

The Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria’s premier Islamic traditional ruler, has banned the #ArewaMeToo campaign in Sokoto state. The movement is a northern Nigeria spinoff of the international #MeToo movement. Following the ban there have been allegations that the police have assaulted two women’s rights activists.

The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III and Emir of Kazaure Najib Hussaini Adamu (R) visit the family of late Emir of Kano Ado Bayero in Kano June 7, 2014.

December 10, 2019

Albania
The Debate Over Letting Balkan States Into the EU

As EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia falter, the bloc’s commitment to expansion has come under increasing doubt.

December 10, 2019

World Trade Organization (WTO)
What’s Next for the WTO?

President Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on China highlights concern about the ongoing role of the WTO and the future of global trade rules.

WTO Meeting, Geneva Switzerland

December 6, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: NATO and the Future of Transatlantic Relations

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting at Iowa State University on December 4, 2019. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

December 6, 2019

China
Cyber Week in Review: December 6, 2019

Chinese tech companies seek to influence surveillance standards at the UN; UN hosts meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on global ICT usage; Russian government and search engine Yandex agree on n…

Visitors experience facial recognition technology at Face++ booth during the China Public Security Expo in Shenzhen, China.

December 5, 2019

Zambia
Standing Up for Human Rights in Zambia

Last week, when U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote expressed his dismay about a Zambian court ruling sentencing two men to fifteen years in prison for the crime of conducting a same-sex relationship, Zambian President Edgar Lungu was quick to take offense.

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu attending a signing ceremony in Paris, France, February 8, 2016