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March 12, 2024

Haiti Mission Lacks Interlocutor Plus Peruvian Congress Purges Top Judges

No interlocutor for Haiti mission’s international troops and Peru’s “pact of the corrupt” is succeeding where Guatemala’s failed without international pressure.

A protestor holds up a Haitian flag during a demonstration against Prime Minister Ariel Henry's government and insecurity in Port-au-Prince on March 1, 2024.

March 5, 2024

United States
Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Biden will deliver the annual State of the Union address on Thursday night. Here are ten things you might not know about the tradition of having a president deliver an annual address.

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January 29, 2024

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Cult of Dirigisme

Despite repeated failure, faith in closely controlled economies among Africa’s political elites remains strong.

Pictured is an aerial view of a coal-fired power station in South Africa.

January 18, 2024

Technology and Innovation
Don’t Let AI Become the Newest Digital Divide

AI will bring major breakthroughs in areas like education and medicine. However, lack of internet access could prevent many people from benefitting from these innovations.

10-year-old Fiammetta attends her online lessons surrounded by her shepherd father's herd of goats in the mountains, while schools are closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Caldes, Italy.

January 17, 2024

China Responds to Taiwan’s Presidential Election: Is Beijing Biding Its Time?

China’s initial response to William Lai’s victory in Taiwan’s presidential election was relatively restrained but it will likely exert more pressure on Taiwan in the coming months. 

Taiwan President-elect William Lai waves to supporters at a rally following his victory in the presidential election, in Taipei, Taiwan.

January 4, 2024

Taiwan’s 2024 Presidential Election: Analyzing Ko Wen-je’s Foreign Policy Positions

Ko Wen-je claims that he can chart a third way, simultaneously boosting Taiwan’s defenses while restarting communication with China. It is unclear, however, whether China would accept his overtures.

Taiwan People's Party’s (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je speaks to an audience in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

December 28, 2023

United States
Remembering Ten Americans Who Died in 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, here are ten Americans we lost this year who made a mark in foreign policy. 

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December 26, 2023

Taiwan’s 2024 Presidential Election: Analyzing Hou Yu-ih’s Foreign Policy Positions

Hou Yu-ih has vowed to invest in Taiwan’s defenses while pursing dialogue with China. It is unclear whether Beijing would condition the latter on Hou not pursuing the former.

Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih waves to supporters during a campaign event in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

December 20, 2023

Taiwan’s 2024 Presidential Election: Analyzing William Lai’s Foreign Policy Positions

William Lai’s priorities are bolstering Taiwan’s defenses and consolidating ties with democracies. China is unlikely to pursue dialogue with Lai and would instead increase pressure on Taiwan.

Taiwan's Vice President and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate William Lai addresses the DPP annual congress in Taipei, Taiwan. 

November 15, 2023

Meeting Low Expectations: Analyzing President Biden’s Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Biden’s meeting with Chinese President Xi was an opportunity to stabilize U.S.-China relations and yielded some important deliverables, but the bilateral relationship will continue to be de…

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, California.