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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 27, 2020

Elections and Voting
Mobilizing the National Guard to Secure U.S. Elections

States are increasingly relying on the National Guard to provide cybersecurity in elections. As the 2020 election approaches, they will need to decide how to best fund and deploy their forces to prot…

Members of the Arizona National Guard.

February 26, 2020

Nigeria
Significant Rise of Insecurity in the Niger Delta Through 2019

A recently published annual report by the Foundation for Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) is a salutary reminder of violence in the Niger Delta. The report, the Niger Delta Annual Conflict Report [PDF], shows that there were 416 violent incidents resulting in over one thousand recorded deaths in 2019. The Niger Delta produces most of Nigeria's oil.

A young man in a white tank top, white bandanna, a plaid cloth rapped around his waist, and a chain of bullets over his shoulder, rests a heavy machine gun on the roof of a small grey patrol boat as it moves down the a river with forrested banks.

February 25, 2020

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and domestic calls for reform? A look at the government’s organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Close up of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving an address

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…

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

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

South Korea
Don't Gut the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The OPCON transition plan should be put on the back burner or, better yet, scrapped altogether.

Members of South Korean and U.S. Special Forces enter a CH-47 Chinook during a joint military exercise conducted in Gangwon province, South Korea, on November 7, 2019.

February 24, 2020

Mexico
The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government.

Migrant families wait in line to seek asylum with U.S. Border Patrol agents in Hidalgo, Texas.

February 24, 2020

Trade
NAFTA and the USMCA: Weighing the Impact of North American Trade

President Trump has reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  

Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States.

February 21, 2020

Donald Trump
Conference Call: President Trump’s Trip to India

Speakers discuss what to expect from President Trump’s upcoming trip to India, including the latest on negotiations toward a modest trade deal.

Podcast Trump and Modi shaking hands