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October 19, 2020

Election 2020
How Will U.S. Elections Be Judged by Other Democracies?

The 2020 U.S. election is threatened by pandemic-related disruptions as well as long-standing weaknesses that could undermine its legitimacy. How will international election observers judge the proce…

October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan

Soldiers

October 9, 2020

Election 2020
Right-Wing Extremists: A Looming Threat to the U.S. Election

Heavily armed, right-wing groups are poised to rebel against the election if President Trump loses, an extraordinary danger to U.S. democracy.

A member of the far-right Proud Boys stands at a demonstration in Portland.

October 9, 2020

India
Jaswant Singh—A Personal Remembrance

Marshall M. Bouton is president emeritus of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Former Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, whose service to his country spanned seven decades, passed away in …

Jaswant Singh speaks at a microphone.

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.

October 7, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
With "Burn-In," Cole and Singer Show Us the Robotic Future We Need to Avoid

Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution gives us the worst-case scenario of how increased automation can affect the U.S. economy and society.

French robot Pepper, detecting whether people are wearing face masks and if not, instructs them to wear them.

September 28, 2020

China
Chasing Shadows in China’s Balance of Payments Data

China’s second quarter balance of payments data points to a significant increase in the foreign asset accumulation of the state banking system. That at least raises the question of whether China’s au…

Chasing Shadows in China’s Balance of Payments Data

September 22, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Flawed U.S. Effort to Revive Iran Sanctions

The Trump administration’s case for invoking “snapback” sanctions against Iran for violating the nuclear deal rests on shallow arguments that have left Washington alone in efforts to pressure Tehran…

Ambassador Kelly Craft watches Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk about the nuclear deal after a UN Security Council meeting

September 18, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: How Americans See the World

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats and Republicans see foreign policy very differently.

Mail-in ballots sit in a box before they are verified by election officials in 2016.

September 9, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia” by Ben Bland

Thomas Pepinsky is Tisch University Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author, most recently, of …

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures as he delivers a speech ahead of the 75th Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August, 14, 2020.