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September 15, 2016

China
China Vital to Countering a More Dangerous North Korea

North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons poses a great danger to Northeast Asia and the United States. Washington should pursue policies that will induce Beijing to exert more pressure on i…

April 20, 2017

Asia
Vice President Mike Pence in Indonesia

On his current visit to Indonesia, Vice President Mike Pence appears likely to play a role he is quickly becoming accustomed to---the low-key, reassuring, figure who provides continuity in U.S. forei…

pence-indonesia tour

February 21, 2020

Kenya
What Would a U.S.-Kenya Trade Deal Mean?

The Trump administration hopes that a free trade agreement with Nairobi will be a counterweight to Beijing’s growing role across Africa and a model for bilateral deals with others on the continent.

February 20, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Secretary of State Pompeo Completes Trip to Africa

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently completed his first trip to Africa in his current role in the Trump administration. Over three days, he visited Dakar in Senegal, Luanda in Angola, and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, where he also visited the head of the African Union. During the trip, Secretary Pompeo advocated for a stronger U.S.-Africa relationship amidst China’s growing role on the continent. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a dark suit with a red tie, walks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in a navy suit with a red tie, walks down white marble stairs with a red carpet at the Prime Minister office after a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are followed by two men in suits, and flanked by two armed Ethiopian guards in red berets and military fatigues.

September 16, 2016

North Korea
A Sharper Choice on North Korea

A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia, finds that the United States’ policy of “strategic…

February 5, 2020

China
China’s Modernizing Military

The People’s Liberation Army is aiming to become the dominant force in the Asia-Pacific, strengthening China’s hand toward Taiwan and international disputes in the South China Sea.

Dozens of Chinese soldiers march in lines, holding guns and wearing camouflage, in preparation for a military parade.

January 31, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats pan the Trump peace plan, Warren unveils her global health plan, and John Delaney depart…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks to a meeting with the Trump administration in Jerusalem in October 2019. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Pompeo’s Departure Is Restoring the State Department’s Swagger

The U.S. secretary of state appears to have one foot out the door—and that’s exactly what U.S. diplomats have been waiting for.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks during a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2020.

January 10, 2020

China
Cyber Week in Review: January 10, 2020

Trump administration pressed Dutch government to cancel sale of chip equipment to China; Congressional commission mulls new private sector reporting requirements; DHS warns of cyberattacks following …

Employees are seen working on the final assembly of ASML's TWINSCAN NXE:3400B semiconductor lithography tool with its panels removed

January 6, 2020

Iran
Does the U.S. Strike on Soleimani Break Legal Norms?

The Trump administration’s killing of an Iranian military commander in Iraq raises questions about its legality under domestic and international law.