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October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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September 4, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
HIV/AIDS, South Africa, and the United States

In the aftermath of the miracle of a democratic transition from apartheid to “non-racial” democracy, South Africa faced a disease nightmare. During the presidencies of Nelson Mandela and his successo…

S.A. PEPFAR

November 14, 2019

Digital Policy
Reviewing a Multipolar Tech World in 2019: China, United States, and EU-Japan

While multilateral efforts to establish standards governing emerging technologies have attracted publicity, the reality is that countries continue to pursue their own technological initiatives global…

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the conference Communication Connecting Europe and Asia, in Brussels, Belgium September 27, 2019.

August 7, 2019

Climate Change
Sunk Coast Fallacy: How Island Nations Should Approach Climate Diplomacy

Pacific island nations under threat from rising sea levels can translate geopolitical competition in the region into climate action.

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga delivers remarks at UN Headquarters in New York on April 22, 2016.

August 10, 2016

Israel
Foreign Aid for Hamas

I’ve written about a half dozen times in the past about UNRWA, the UN agency that deals with Palestinians: here in 2014 and here in 2015, for example. Simply put, UNRWA has long had employees who wer…

November 19, 2009

United States
Foreign Aid, Civilian Capacity, and U.S. National Security

As the Obama administration evaluates the U.S. national security apparatus and the balance between civilian and military resources, join one of Capitol Hill’s most influential voices for a discussion…

October 29, 2018

Russia
Unpacking The Competing Russian and U.S. Cyberspace Resolutions at the United Nations

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. It's October and the United Nations General Assembly and subsidiary committ…

Lavrov

July 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
The United Nations’ Failures in Myanmar: Lessons Learned?

Last month, the United Nations released a scathing report about the organization’s own actions in Myanmar over the past ten years. The report, written by an independent investigator, but commissioned…

Myanmar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the 71st United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York on September 21, 2016.

July 9, 2019

China
Is China Undermining Human Rights at the United Nations?

Under President Xi Jinping, China is pressing the United Nations’ human rights body to favor national sovereignty and development over calling out domestic rights abuses.

July 8, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
About Military Aid to Egypt

Should U.S. military aid to Egypt now be suspended, as the law appears to require when there has been a military coup? My answer is yes. First, it should be clear that there was a coup: the Army ove…

Tahrir Square