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Trump Rule on China Tech Transactions to Remain in Place
Geopolitics
Trump Rule on China Tech Transactions to Remain in Place
2021-03-01 19:23:04
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A Trump-era regulation allowing the Department of Commerce to block technology-related business transactions determined to be national security threats will remain in place, against the wishes of some of the country's business stakeholders. The rule, scheduled to take... Read More

Building a T-12 Alliance of Techno-Democracies
In The News
Building a T-12 Alliance of Techno-Democracies
2021-03-01 18:49:05
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As Beijing accelerates its plan to dominate in key information technology industries, U.S. policy experts are making the case for a new global governance body to curb the influence of techno-autocracies and create a like-minded alliance of techno-democracies... Read More

Biden to Meet With Mexican President Amid Migration Issues
Geopolitics
Biden to Meet With Mexican President Amid Migration Issues

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — a chance for the pair to talk more fully about migration, confronting the coronavirus and cooperating on economic and... Read More

Treasury Dept. Sanctions Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder
Geopolitics
Treasury Dept. Sanctions Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder
2021-02-26 20:52:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on Saudi Arabia’s former deputy head of Intelligence and the nation’s “Rapid Intervention Force” for their roles in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  The move came just... Read More

New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
Geopolitics
New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
2021-02-19 22:51:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - In his first press conference as Pentagon chief, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, said an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan depends entirely on the Taliban reducing attacks on NATO forces. “Clearly the violence is too high right... Read More

Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
Military
Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
2021-02-19 15:31:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A report from the Office of the Inspector General recommended that America make safeguarding women's rights in Afghanistan a top priority, describing the fragile nature of gains in equality in the region. The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan... Read More

Biden to Lay Out His Foreign Policy at G-7, Munich Summit
Foreign Affairs
Biden to Lay Out His Foreign Policy at G-7, Munich Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden will make his first big appearance on the global stage as president on Friday, offering Group of Seven allies and other foreign leaders a glimpse into his plans to dramatically reshape U.S. foreign policy even... Read More

Biden Repudiates Trump on Iran, Ready for Talks on Nuke Deal
Geopolitics
Biden Repudiates Trump on Iran, Ready for Talks on Nuke Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it's ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, in a sharp repudiation of former President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure campaign" that sought... Read More

Panelists Call for Industrial Policy to Counter China’s Party-State Economic Approach
Geopolitics
Panelists Call for Industrial Policy to Counter China’s Party-State Economic Approach
2021-02-17 17:02:32
by Victoria Turner

The proposal for a national industrial policy took the stage Tuesday as a panel of experts grappled with how the U.S. government should respond to the increasing challenges posed by China’s “party-state capitalism.”  Panelists discussed the increased global growth of... Read More

Vigorous Preparation Returns as Biden Calls Other Leaders
Geopolitics
Vigorous Preparation Returns as Biden Calls Other Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new-old ritual is taking shape in the Biden White House, one that starts with bulky briefing packages, war-gaming the "what-ifs," and Oval Office discussions about how to talk to this or that particular U.S. ally or... Read More

How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
Geopolitics
How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
2021-02-12 20:41:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Congressional "Afghanistan Study Group" released its report on unwinding American commitments in that country, recommending that diplomatic efforts attempt to delay the May 2021 withdrawal date of American troops from the region to... Read More

Biden Calls for Review of National Security Strategy on China During Pentagon Visit
Geopolitics
Biden Calls for Review of National Security Strategy on China During Pentagon Visit
2021-02-11 15:17:03
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Pentagon to conduct a review of of the United States' national security strategy on China. The decision, announced during the president's first visit to the Defense Department, comes amid a... Read More

Biden: China Should Expect `Extreme Competition' from US
Geopolitics
Biden: China Should Expect `Extreme Competition' from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for "extreme competition" from the U.S. under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not be one of conflict. In an interview broadcast Sunday, Biden... Read More

US Moves to Rejoin UN Rights Council, Reversing Trump Anew
Geopolitics
US Moves to Rejoin UN Rights Council, Reversing Trump Anew

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is set to announce this week that it will reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, U.S. officials said Sunday. The decision... Read More

George Shultz Wasn't 'Afraid to Struggle Against the Odds'
Geopolitics
George Shultz Wasn't 'Afraid to Struggle Against the Odds'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time was running out when Secretary of State George P. Shultz returned home in April 1988 after flying 16,000 miles in a failed mission to persuade Arabs and Israelis to negotiate their differences. Shultz said he would... Read More

Biden to Visit State Dept. as US Reengages with its Allies
Dep. of State
Biden to Visit State Dept. as US Reengages with its Allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending a message to his messengers. Two weeks into the presidency, Biden on Thursday is visiting the State Department, the most senior of the Cabinet agencies, to underscore his promise to restore a... Read More

Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective
Health
Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists say the country's Sputnik V vaccine appears safe and effective against COVID-19, according to early results of an advanced study published in a British medical journal. The news is a boost for the shot that is increasingly... Read More

Kremlin Foe Navalny Slams Court That May Jail Him for Years
Foreign Affairs
Kremlin Foe Navalny Slams Court That May Jail Him for Years

MOSCOW (AP) — Opposition leader Alexei Navalny denounced a Moscow court hearing Tuesday on whether he should be sent to prison for years, calling it a vain attempt by the Kremlin to scare millions of Russians into submission. The 44-year-old... Read More

China Derecognizes British National Overseas Passport
Foreign Affairs
China Derecognizes British National Overseas Passport

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel document or form of identification amid a bitter feud with London over a plan to allow millions of Hong Kong... Read More

EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies
Foreign Affairs
EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies

MOSCOW (AP) — Rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian authorities are moving rapidly to block any new ones – from piling legal pressure on his allies to launching a campaign to discredit the demonstrations. Unprecedented... Read More

Russian Parliament OKs New START Nuclear Treaty Extension
Geopolitics
Russian Parliament OKs New START Nuclear Treaty Extension

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously to extend the... Read More

First Biden-Putin Call Shows Both Cautious on Big Concerns
Geopolitics
First Biden-Putin Call Shows Both Cautious on Big Concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts Tuesday in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and the delicate balance between the former Cold War foes. According to the... Read More

Biden Walking a High Wire with Russia Ahead of Putin Call
Geopolitics
Biden Walking a High Wire with Russia Ahead of Putin Call

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has been quickly thrown into a high-wire balancing act with Russia as he seeks to toughen his administration’s stance against Vladimir Putin while preserving room for diplomacy in a post-Donald Trump era. The relationship... Read More

After Failed Trump Romance, France Seeks Reset Under Biden
Foreign Affairs
After Failed Trump Romance, France Seeks Reset Under Biden

PARIS (AP) — After increasingly strained U.S.-France relations under Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Sunday to work closely together to fight the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Their first conversation since Biden’s inauguration aimed... Read More

Spanberger, Katko Urge House to Crack Down on Foreign-Backed Disinformation in Elections
Congress
Spanberger, Katko Urge House to Crack Down on Foreign-Backed Disinformation in Elections
2021-01-22 21:09:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and John Katko, R-N.Y., are urging their House colleagues to support bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting the U.S. from foreign-based disinformation campaigns. According to the lawmakers, foreign governments took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Extend Nuclear Treaty
Geopolitics
Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Extend Nuclear Treaty

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s... Read More

Senate Committee Seeks Assurances of Cooperation in Biden’s Foreign Affairs
U.S. Senate
Senate Committee Seeks Assurances of Cooperation in Biden’s Foreign Affairs
2021-01-19 22:16:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee on Tuesday reviewed a Biden nominee to become secretary of state in a move that represents one of several big changes planned by the new president. Biden nominated his long-time foreign affairs advisor Antony J.... Read More

MIT Professor Charged with Fraud in Chinese Trade Secret Theft Case
Criminal Justice
MIT Professor Charged with Fraud in Chinese Trade Secret Theft Case
2021-01-15 21:35:17
by Tom Ramstack

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor is facing federal fraud charges after allegedly lying about transferring nanotechnology research to organizations associated with the Chinese government. On grant applications and tax forms, MIT professor Gang Chen allegedly did not disclose that... Read More

EXPLAINER: What is WHO Team in Wuhan Looking For
Health
EXPLAINER: What is WHO Team in Wuhan Looking For

WUHAN, China (AP) — The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. The visit has been shrouded in secrecy, with... Read More

US: Hack of Federal Agencies Likely Russian in Origin'
Cybersecurity
US: Hack of Federal Agencies Likely Russian in Origin'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that China might be to blame. The rare joint statement represented... Read More

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