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October 7, 2019

Global Governance
Remembering the Washington Conference That Brought the World Standard Time

The 1884 International Meridian Conference gave the world standard time and constituted a seminal moment in the history of globalization. 

A line marks the 'Prime Meridian of the World' at Longitude 0 degrees at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

September 3, 2019

Turkey
Erdogan Plays Washington Like a Fiddle

As U.S. policymakers worry about their special relationship with Ankara, Turkey’s president knows it's already dead.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the new judicial year's opening ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, September 2, 2019

September 19, 2019

United States
The 223rd Anniversary of George Washington’s Farewell Address

Today marks the 223rd anniversary of George Washington’s Farewell Address. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to a speech, but it was actually a six-thousand-word letter to the American people. It f…

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November 14, 2019

Mali
Foreign Troops Fighting Jihadists in the Sahel Face Criticism as Terror Grows

In response to the proliferation of ostensibly jihadist groups in the Sahel, governments have deployed more than 20,000 international and local troops, comprising 4,500 French soldieries, 13,000 UN peacekeepers, and about 5,000 troops connected to the G5 Sahel—an initiative godfathered by France and including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. But terror groups have endured and grown more deadly.  

A French soldier kneels with his weapon while a camel stands in the background in a semi-arid landscape.

November 12, 2019

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Maintain Maximum Pressure on Iran?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

A line of Iranian flags wave in a square in Tehran.

November 5, 2019

Defense and Security
Why Would Arab Leaders Pursue Strategic Partnerships With Russia?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attend a welcome ceremony in the United Arab Emirates, on October 15, 2019.

November 5, 2019

Uganda
How Will China React to Uganda’s Looming Debt Crisis?

Uganda is heading toward a debt crisis. According to a senior official at the Bank of Uganda, unless the country is able to sustain a growth rate of at least 7 percent—which economic projections show Uganda will not do—the country will default on its payments. As is the case for many African countries, China is Uganda’s largest creditor, making up 39 percent of total debt this past fiscal year. If Uganda defaults, it is unclear how China will react.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping flanked by Chinese and Ugandan flags.

November 5, 2019

Syria
Who’s Who in Northern Syria?

With Turkey’s latest military offensive, here’s a rundown of the different forces in the region.

November 3, 2019

Cybersecurity
China Is Moving Quickly on 5G, but the United States Is Not Out of the Game

China’s 5G rollout is happening quickly, causing some to worry that the United States is losing in a race for the next generation of communications technologies. However, this does not paint the comp…

A woman using her mobile phone walks past a vehicle covered in a China Unicom 5G advertisement in Beijing, China September 17, 2019.

November 1, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Israel, and Campaign Advisors

Each week, I look at what the presidential candidates are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail. 

Bernie Sanders speaks at the J Street National Conference in Washington, DC, on October 28.