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John Bolton’s departure is good for diplomacy but bad for stability

John Bolton’s departure is good for diplomacy but bad for stability

"We desperately lack stability and strategy in our national security."
Facing the Huawei Threat

Facing the Huawei Threat

The authors explain why the U.S. must work thoughtfully with allies to build alternatives to Chinese-manufactured—and -financed—communications equipment. The post Facing the Huawei Threat appeared

China’s Best Strategy for Trade Negotiations: Cooperation

China faces difficult realities that must be balanced in the trade talks. Ultimately, the U.S. will force the creation of a more level playing field. The post China’s Best Strategy for Trade
Facebook takes down an Iran-based influence campaign that targeted Indians

Facebook takes down an Iran-based influence campaign that targeted Indians

Facebook has removed 783 pages, groups, and accounts tied to Iran for their “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” aimed at influencing public opinion in several countries, including…
Nobody is thinking about Afghan women in the US-Taliban peace talks

Nobody is thinking about Afghan women in the US-Taliban peace talks

In 2001, the US used the Taliban’s mistreatment of women as one of its justifications to invade Afghanistan. But in its haste to withdraw from…

Why Silicon Valley Demands Diplomats

In 2017 the Government of Denmark decided to elevate technology and digitalization to a crosscutting foreign and security policy priority. The initiative was named technological diplomacy, or simply
Germany wants to stop the world from descending into the chaos it once caused

Germany wants to stop the world from descending into the chaos it once caused

Angela Merkel has big plans for Germany in the new year. In her year-end address, the chancellor focused on the country’s international role, committing to…
How Armenia went from a corrupt autocracy to country of the year in six months

How Armenia went from a corrupt autocracy to country of the year in six months

Walking around the Armenian capital of Yerevan in early June, the last thing a visitor could picture on those streets was a revolution. Spotless, clean,…
What to expect from the G20 summit 2018

What to expect from the G20 summit 2018

The annual G20 summit begins today (Nov. 30) in Buenos Aires, where some of the most influential people on the planet will plot the world’s…
The case for calling the people fleeing Central America asylum seekers, not migrants

The case for calling the people fleeing Central America asylum seekers, not migrants

Since the weekend, news outlets have been full of headlines and stories about what is happening at the southern US border, where the US border…
Saudi Arabia’s other critics are still at risk

Saudi Arabia’s other critics are still at risk

The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sparked boycotts and upset statements from business and political leaders around the world. Emmanuel Macron expressed…
The countries in the UN Human Rights Council are terrible at human rights

The countries in the UN Human Rights Council are terrible at human rights

The yearly cohort of countries to join the UN Human Rights Council was voted in today. The new members—Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Burkina…
Nikki Haley can thank Hillary Clinton for her career as a “key player” in US politics

Nikki Haley can thank Hillary Clinton for her career as a “key player” in US politics

Donald Trump’s first UN ambassador, former South Carolina governor Nikki Hailey, unexpectedly resigned from her post today. In a press conference today, Donald Trump said…
By the Numbers: U.S. Tech Courts Europe’s Regulators

By the Numbers: U.S. Tech Courts Europe’s Regulators

The rapid growth and aggressiveness of U.S. tech companies' lobbying in Europe is getting attention, but is it working? (From the latest Techonomy Magazine.) The post By the Numbers: U.S. Tech Courts
As the EU Targets Tech, Will the U.S. Follow?

As the EU Targets Tech, Will the U.S. Follow?

Regulation, that dirty word, is creeping closer and closer to the tech industry and especially its giants. Europe, privacy-conscious and regulation-happy, is leading the way. (From the latest
Here’s a t-shirt you could wear everywhere in East Asia without upsetting anyone

Here’s a t-shirt you could wear everywhere in East Asia without upsetting anyone

Last week, US clothing retailer Gap apologized for printing a t-shirt that didn’t include China’s claimed territories, including Taiwan, South Tibet, and islands in the…
41 deaths and 128 angry countries: The true cost of Trump’s bargain embassy in Jerusalem

41 deaths and 128 angry countries: The true cost of Trump’s bargain embassy in Jerusalem

Updated on May 14, 2:50 pm EST. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are in Jerusalem today to inaugurate the US’s new embassy. The embassy was…
Let Obama explain to you why getting out of the Iran deal is a bad idea

Let Obama explain to you why getting out of the Iran deal is a bad idea

Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Iran deal today (May 8) runs the risk of dangerous consequences—not just for the nation…
The US is talking about “great power competition.” What does that mean?

The US is talking about “great power competition.” What does that mean?

The US is creating a new naval command and redeploying the Second Fleet in the Atlantic, the department of defense announced yesterday (May 4), putting…
All the times Donald Trump shouldn’t have tweeted that: Mueller edition

All the times Donald Trump shouldn’t have tweeted that: Mueller edition

Donald Trump’s tweets are a hallmark of his presidency. He considers his Twitter feed to be a key way of connecting with his supporters—even though…