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February 6, 2019

Infrastructure
Infrastructure and the SOTU: Time for Congress to Make Something Out of Nothing

Paving the road to 2020, Congress will need to steer the course and avoid potholes in 2019.

Infrastructure Construction Seattle

November 9, 2018

China
Selling U.S. China Policy

Vice President Mike Pence’s October 4 speech on China, which many commentators have referred to as the administration’s defining China moment, was a leaden litany of Chinese vices and a hyped-up asse…

US-China meeting

September 7, 2017

Cambodia
Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Opportunity for the U.S. Congress

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Robert Kagan suggested that, in this period of uncertain governance by the White House, Congress should take a much more forceful approach to governing, as i…

Suu Kyi_9.6.2017

February 13, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Bad Reputation: The Swift Decline of U.S. Soft Power in the Middle East

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about American Exceptionalism in the Arab world.

A woman stands next to an inflatable tank with U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art exhibition 'MonuMental' by the pseudonymous artist, Saint Hoax in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 12, 2018.

February 8, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
An Alternative Perspective on the U.S. Decision to Recognize Tshisekedi

In the daily Africa in Transition blog, on February 6, 2019, Ambassador Michelle Gavin, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Program, harshly criticized the United States government’s policy toward the December 2018 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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January 30, 2019

Nigeria
The U.S. and UK to Deny Visas to Nigerians Undermining Elections

The United States and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement stating that they will deny visas to Nigerians involved in rigging or violence in the national elections scheduled for February 16. In addition to monitoring polling stations and outbreaks of violence, they will also be monitoring social media for incidents of hate speech and incitement of violence.

Nigeria-Elections-Osun-Voting

November 26, 2018

Southeast Asia
The Impact of the U.S. Midterms on U.S.-Indonesia Relations

In the U.S. midterm elections, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, the U.S. lower house of Congress, for the first time since 2010, ending two years of unified Republican control …

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October 24, 2018

Central America
Why U.S. Aid Cuts Could Lead to More Caravans

As thousands of Central American migrants move toward the United States, President Trump should consider decade-long efforts to make the region a better place to live than to leave.

Central American migrants walk along a street, as they continue their journey trying to reach the U.S., in Tapachula, Mexico October 22, 2018.

February 19, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: Marianne Williamson, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Marianne Williamson doesn’t have the traditional background of a presidential candidate. She has never held political office, served in the military, or been a Cabinet officer. She is instead a best-…

Williamson 2020