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US Should Appoint Special Envoy To Myanmar, Former Ambassador Says
Foreign Affairs
US Should Appoint Special Envoy To Myanmar, Former Ambassador Says
2021-07-23 12:47:12
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The U.S. should appoint a special envoy for the devolving situation in Myanmar, a former U.S. ambassador to the country said on Thursday morning.  "We're seeing, little by little and step by step, in slow motion, the collapse of... Read More

Canada to Let Vaccinated US Citizens Enter Country on Aug. 9
Health
Canada to Let Vaccinated US Citizens Enter Country on Aug. 9

TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. Officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as... Read More

Afghan Allies Headed to U.S. to Avoid Taliban Revenge
Foreign Affairs
Afghan Allies Headed to U.S. to Avoid Taliban Revenge
2021-07-19 20:57:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A proposal that would expedite visas for Afghans who assisted the U.S. military glided through a congressional hearing Monday as the urgency grows to save them. As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, some Afghans who helped the U.S.... Read More

Explainer: Shortages in Cuba Led to Unrest, Questions About Future US Role
Foreign Affairs
Explainer: Shortages in Cuba Led to Unrest, Questions About Future US Role
2021-07-19 13:35:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The chants, loud and impassioned, could be heard every time someone opened the White House press room door. With a balmy, near tropical heat, settled over the nation’s capital, the sprinklers outside seemed to spray with added urgency... Read More

Carnegie Endowment Explores Window for Infrastructure Investments In Africa
International
Carnegie Endowment Explores Window for Infrastructure Investments In Africa
2021-07-16 20:12:08
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The recovery period for COVID-19 has raised a limited window for western countries to try to go after areas that need investment in Africa, according to a scholar at a D.C.-based think tank event this week. The virus... Read More

Emmer Urges Biden to Get Afghan Interpreters Out Of Harm's Way
Foreign Affairs
Emmer Urges Biden to Get Afghan Interpreters Out Of Harm's Way
2021-07-15 20:22:33
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A letter from Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., to President Joe Biden this week urged the administration for firm plans to safeguard Afghans who worked with American troops during the War on Terror. As American troops continue to withdraw from... Read More

Cuba, Haiti Stir Fresh Political Pressures for US President
Foreign Affairs
Cuba, Haiti Stir Fresh Political Pressures for US President

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are two tiny Caribbean states whose intractable problems have vexed U.S. presidents for decades. Now, Haiti and Cuba are suddenly posing a growing challenge for President Joe Biden that could have political ramifications for him in... Read More

US to Begin Evacuating Afghans Who Aided American Military
Foreign Affairs
US to Begin Evacuating Afghans Who Aided American Military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that it is prepared to begin evacuation flights for Afghan interpreters and translators who aided the U.S. military effort in the nearly 20-year war. The Operation Allies Refuge flights out of Afghanistan... Read More

Jeff Flake’s Next Act: Biden Ambassador Nominee
Diplomacy
Jeff Flake’s Next Act: Biden Ambassador Nominee
2021-07-14 18:47:27
by Dan McCue

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who backed President Joe Biden over his own party’s nominee, President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, is now Biden’s nominee to be the United States’ next ambassador to Turkey. Flake is the... Read More

Post Biden Visit, EU Ambassador Reflects on Trade and Travel
Foreign Affairs
Post Biden Visit, EU Ambassador Reflects on Trade and Travel
2021-07-14 14:27:32
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — After shutting down the European Union’s embassy in April 2020, European diplomats had to follow the last months of the Trump administration from afar, stay abreast of a contentious presidential campaign virtually, and develop new relationships while transitioning... Read More

EXPLAINER: Assassination Threatens More Chaos for Haiti
Foreign Affairs
EXPLAINER: Assassination Threatens More Chaos for Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse seemed to have thrown an already turbulent nation into chaos on Wednesday, with a muddled line of succession. Here is a look at the situation: WHO WAS THE ASSASSINATED PRESIDENT?... Read More

‘Work on This Agreement is Never Going to be Finished,’ Tai Says of USMCA
Trade
‘Work on This Agreement is Never Going to be Finished,’ Tai Says of USMCA
2021-07-01 14:58:47
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — At the one-year anniversary of the USMCA trade agreement coming into force, trade representatives from the United States, Mexico, and Canada are patting themselves on the back for a job well done. They have good reason, as the... Read More

House Votes to Ease Entry Process for Afghan Interpreters
Congress
House Votes to Ease Entry Process for Afghan Interpreters
2021-06-30 20:19:34
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A bipartisan bill that would speed up the refugee process for Afghans who assisted U.S. soldiers passed the House on Tuesday. It is part of the attempt to shield them from retaliation, which has become a pressing issue as... Read More

US to Keep About 650 troops in Afghanistan After Withdrawal
Military
US to Keep About 650 troops in Afghanistan After Withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly 650 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, U.S.... Read More

U.S. Foreign Assistance Initiatives Look To Reduce Central American Migration
Foreign Affairs
U.S. Foreign Assistance Initiatives Look To Reduce Central American Migration
2021-06-22 17:29:42
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agency for International Development unveiled nearly $175 million in initiatives for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala related to the Biden administration's strategy for reducing the inflow of migrants to the southern border.   The initiatives were connected... Read More

‘There’s just something about Putinism,’ Analysts Reflect on Russia and US Foreign Policy
Think Tanks
‘There’s just something about Putinism,’ Analysts Reflect on Russia and US Foreign Policy
2021-06-17 19:52:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The recent summit between U.S. President Biden and Russian President Putin has been hailed by both countries as an opportunity to reevaluate the nations' relationship. While the three-hour conversation may not have inspired confidence toward ensuring stability, the... Read More

NATO Chief Stoltenberg Says 'Political Unity Matters'
Foreign Affairs
NATO Chief Stoltenberg Says 'Political Unity Matters'
2021-06-16 23:56:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined his vision for a renewed trans-Atlantic Alliance before the Brooking Institution earlier this month, declaring that the alliance will “seize the opportunity to keep our people safe in a more contested world.”... Read More

Biden Moves to End Long-running Boeing, Airbus Dispute
Business
Biden Moves to End Long-running Boeing, Airbus Dispute
2021-06-15 14:58:38
by Dan McCue

President Joe Biden on Tuesday moved to end a 17-year dispute with the European Union over how big a government subsidy each can provide to its major aircraft manufacturer. That’s Boeing in the case of the U.S.; Airbus in the... Read More

US to Donate 500M Doses of Pfizer Vaccine to Nations Still in Throes of Pandemic
Foreign Affairs
US to Donate 500M Doses of Pfizer Vaccine to Nations Still in Throes of Pandemic
2021-06-10 11:03:06
by TWN Staff

The White House announced Thursday that the United States will purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries and the African Union, a historic action intended to supercharge the global fight against the... Read More

G7 Ministers Reach Global Minimum Tax Agreement, But Some Say Deal is Too Minimal
Finance
G7 Ministers Reach Global Minimum Tax Agreement, But Some Say Deal is Too Minimal
2021-06-07 19:48:45
by Reece Nations

LONDON — Finance Ministers from the Group of 7 have struck a landmark agreement to establish a 15% global minimum tax rate, discouraging large multinational companies from shifting profits to offshore tax-havens. The deal, announced over the weekend, was struck... Read More

Mexico's Midterm Elections And US-Mexico Relations
Foreign Affairs
Mexico's Midterm Elections And US-Mexico Relations
2021-06-07 19:44:43
by Daniel Mollenkamp

One of the largest elections in Mexico's history, widely described as a referendum on the president and the future of Mexico, took place over the weekend. Preliminary results show that although it will remain dominant, the president's party is projected... Read More

Environment, Tourism, Legacy all on the Agenda at Antarctic Treaty Meeting
Foreign Affairs
Environment, Tourism, Legacy all on the Agenda at Antarctic Treaty Meeting
2021-06-02 18:12:47
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Competing claims and diplomatic disputes over Antarctica resulted in 12 countries coming together to create an Antarctic Treaty that came into force in 1961. Now 60 years later, 54 countries are involved, and policies and management of the... Read More

Princess Reema bint Bandar Says American Childhood Prepared Her for Ambassadorship
Political News
Princess Reema bint Bandar Says American Childhood Prepared Her for Ambassadorship
2021-06-01 14:38:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar remembers DC’s cicadas. In fact, she says she lived through the “cicada invasion” twice during her “non-diplomatic, but highly socially-connected” childhood in Northern Virginia while her father served as Saudi Arabian... Read More

Former Patent Office Director Says American Ingenuity Answer to China IP Theft
Think Tanks
Former Patent Office Director Says American Ingenuity Answer to China IP Theft
2021-05-28 17:53:23
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — From counterfeiting to talent acquisitions and even forced technology transfers, the United States has long struggled with the idea that China is facilitating or condoning the theft of American intellectual property. In fact, China is often cited as... Read More

Indian American Groups Press White House on Vaccines for India
Foreign Affairs
Indian American Groups Press White House on Vaccines for India
2021-05-26 23:27:42
by TWN Staff

The United States' leading Indian American civic and political organization, IMPACT, has launched what it describes as a seven figure campaign to compel the Biden administration to rush COVID-19 vaccines to India and help the country build its own vaccine... Read More

Blair Pushes Plan for Vaccinating the World in US, UK’s ‘Self-Interest’
Foreign Affairs
Blair Pushes Plan for Vaccinating the World in US, UK’s ‘Self-Interest’
2021-05-26 12:11:44
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been a vocal monitor of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, even sometimes criticizing the process in the U.K., which in many respects led the global vaccination effort earlier this year. Through his... Read More

US Advances First USMCA Dispute Panel Over Canadian Dairy Practices
Trade
US Advances First USMCA Dispute Panel Over Canadian Dairy Practices
2021-05-25 20:32:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The United States has requested the first ever dispute panel to settle a trade conflict under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Tuesday. The United States is challenging Canada’s allocation of dairy tariff-rate quotas,... Read More

Tense Elections Will Shape the Horn of Africa's Future, Experts Say
Foreign Affairs
Tense Elections Will Shape the Horn of Africa's Future, Experts Say
2021-05-20 21:34:55
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Ethiopia and Somalia will see tense elections this year which experts suggest will play a significant role in shaping the future of the Horn of Africa. On Thursday, director of the Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors and senior fellow at... Read More

Blinken Hasn't Seen Any Evidence on AP Gaza Building Strike
Foreign Affairs
Blinken Hasn't Seen Any Evidence on AP Gaza Building Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday he hasn't yet seen any evidence supporting Israel's claim that Hamas operated in a Gaza building housing The Associated Press and other media outlets that was destroyed by an Israeli... Read More

Could Biden’s Use of Sanctions Affect U.S.-Canada Relationship?
Think Tanks
Could Biden’s Use of Sanctions Affect U.S.-Canada Relationship?
2021-05-10 15:05:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While much has been studied about President Biden’s first 100 days in office, most of that analysis has focused on how the administration’s actions impact American citizens or relationships with the world’s other great powers, but many wonder... Read More

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