The coronavirus serves as a reminder that diseases are political as well as biological, writes Ibrahim Al-Marashi.
This week, Russia and Belarus launch a week of war games near neighboring NATO countries; Iraqi Kurds vow to push ahead with an independence referendum after Iraq’s parliament calls it unconstitutional; Mexicans’ views of the United States hit a new low; and more.
This week, two former Brazilian presidents are charged with accepting bribes; China’s air force practices shooting down missiles as North Korea conducts its sixth and largest nuclear test; U.S. federal prosecutors charge four Turks with conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran; and more.
This week, Mexico offers assistance to the United States in dealing with the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; Iraqi forces announce the liberation of ISIL-stronghold Tal Afar; the Somali government grants al Shabaab defectors amnesty for completing a rehabilitation program; and more.
This week, President Trump announces his long awaited strategy for resolving the war in Afghanistan without specifying details; two shipments from North Korea destined for the Syrian government agency responsible for chemical weapons are intercepted; the U.S. embassy in Moscow will halt all non-immigrant visas from Russia; and more.
This week, the British government says it intends to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit; the United States, Mexico, and Canada open negotiations to reform NAFTA; the Taliban tells President Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan; and more.
This week, tensions between the United States and North Korea reach a fever pitch; the United States expels two Cuban diplomats following an "acoustic attack"; Israel moves to ban Al Jazeera; and more.
On U.S.-Africa policy, Congress must continue defending foreign assistance that supports development in African countries, expand the financing and insurance tools that American companies need to compete with foreign companies in Africa, and insist on good governance abroad and at home, writes Grant Harris.
This week, Nawaz Sharif resigns as prime minister of Pakistan after being disqualified by the country’s Supreme Court in a Panama Papers-related corruption probe; President Trump signs the Russia sanctions bill but calls it "unconstitutional"; the U.S. government imposes sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro; and more.
Saudi Arabia has committed war crimes in Yemen’s civil war, creating a humanitarian disaster that demands resolution, Ambassador Barbara K. Bodine and Mr. James P. Farwell told Pacific Council members in the second installment of the Pacific Council’s Summer Teleconference Series.
This week, new footage suggests the Russian government may be arming Taliban militants in Afghanistan; French President Emmanuel Macron gets Libya’s two main rivals to agree to a ceasefire; a U.S. Navy surveillance plane is intercepted by two Chinese fighter jets over the East China Sea; and more.