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Biden Boosting World Vaccine Sharing Commitment to 80M Doses
Health
Biden Boosting World Vaccine Sharing Commitment to 80M Doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world in the coming six weeks as domestic demand for shots drops and global disparities in distribution... Read More

Blinken Brings Biden's Anti-Trump Climate Policy to Iceland
Geopolitics
Blinken Brings Biden's Anti-Trump Climate Policy to Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — On a trip overshadowed by the crisis in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday touted the Biden administration's abrupt shift in its predecessor's climate policies as he visited Iceland for talks... Read More

China Irked By US Push for Taiwan Presence at World Health Assembly
Geopolitics
China Irked By US Push for Taiwan Presence at World Health Assembly
2021-05-14 18:28:03
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Over the last two weeks, China and the U.S. have made dueling comments about whether Taiwan should be admitted to this year's World Health Assembly, the meeting where priorities and policies of the World Health Organization are set, which will... Read More

US Cybersecurity Defense Must Meet Adversaries’ ‘Pace and Scale’
Geopolitics
US Cybersecurity Defense Must Meet Adversaries’ ‘Pace and Scale’
2021-05-12 20:39:50
by Victoria Turner

“Make no mistake, our adversaries want to divide us to conquer us,” warned Erin Joe, section chief of the private sector office of the FBI, noting that nation-states like Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China are deploying daily cyberattacks against... Read More

Russian Economy Damaged By Western Sanctions, Think Tank Finds
Think Tanks
Russian Economy Damaged By Western Sanctions, Think Tank Finds
2021-05-06 18:51:38
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Although western sanctions have not forced the Russian government to completely end its aggressions in Ukraine, the true impact of the sanctions has not been fully acknowledged, according to a new report from the Atlantic Council, an international affairs... Read More

Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
Geopolitics
Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
2021-04-29 19:07:10
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were warned by CIA Director William Burns that American intelligence operations in Afghanistan will be kneecapped by the United States’ imminent withdrawal from the region.  Burns, confirmed as the head of the... Read More

Harris to tell UN Body it's Time to Prep for Next Pandemic
Health
Harris to tell UN Body it's Time to Prep for Next Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will make the case before United Nations members on Monday that now is the time for global leaders to begin putting the serious work into how they will respond to the next global... Read More

Carnegie Endowment Urges Biden To Reverse Trump's Israel-Palestine Policies
Geopolitics
Carnegie Endowment Urges Biden To Reverse Trump's Israel-Palestine Policies
2021-04-22 20:06:22
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., says the U.S. should discard the Trump-era Israel-Palestine policies as a first step to break the status quo. The new report argues that the U.S.... Read More

Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge
White House
Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the U.S. pumps out, a commitment he hopes will spur China and... Read More

U.S. Condemns China's Attempts To Silence Hong Kong Protestors
Geopolitics
U.S. Condemns China's Attempts To Silence Hong Kong Protestors
2021-04-21 14:48:42
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The U.S. has condemned the sentencing of protesters in Hong Kong, which it says was a violation of their rights under international agreements and an indefensible attempt to silence dissent by the Chinese government.  Last week, Chinese authorities sentenced seven... Read More

Think Tank Wants To Restructure WHO After Leniency Toward China
Foreign Affairs
Think Tank Wants To Restructure WHO After Leniency Toward China
2021-04-19 19:03:34
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - A non-partisan think tank and registered lobby firm focused on national security and foreign policy issues released a report this week recommending changes to the structure of the World Health Organization, the UN body that coordinates international health... Read More

China Says US 'Too Negative' Toward China
Geopolitics
China Says US 'Too Negative' Toward China

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat has called U.S. policy on China "too negative," saying it highlights confrontation over cooperation.  Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng said Friday that cooperation could be critically important as U.S. President Joe... Read More

Analysis: Biden Takes a Risk Pulling Troops from Afghanistan
Military
Analysis: Biden Takes a Risk Pulling Troops from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — At its start, America's war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring up a weak government and its weak army so that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida could never again threaten the United... Read More

White House Expels Russian Diplomats, Imposes New Sanctions
Geopolitics
White House Expels Russian Diplomats, Imposes New Sanctions
2021-04-15 13:19:16
by Dan McCue

The White House on Thursday unveiled sweeping sanctions on Russia in retaliation for cyberattacks, foreign influence operations and other behavior. The measures include the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats. The moves were announced Thursday morning in a lengthy statement from... Read More

Iran Deal Negotiations Tense but Continuing
Geopolitics
Iran Deal Negotiations Tense but Continuing
2021-04-14 14:34:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Preliminary talks in Vienna about the possible return of the U.S. to the Iran Deal, also known as the joint comprehensive plan of action, are set to resume this week. The U.S. withdrew from the deal, one of the signature... Read More

Murphy Sets Sights On China’s Influence Campaign in Latin America, Caribbean
Geopolitics
Murphy Sets Sights On China’s Influence Campaign in Latin America, Caribbean
2021-04-13 18:08:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is pressing for a comprehensive assessment of China’s efforts to expand its presence and influence in Latin America and the Caribbean and how these efforts could undermine American interests. Under the auspices of a... Read More

U.S. Looks To Support Clean Infrastructure In India, Bangladesh
Geopolitics
U.S. Looks To Support Clean Infrastructure In India, Bangladesh
2021-04-12 23:11:22
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Last week and over the weekend, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with officials from the governments of India and Bangladesh to talk about strategies for improving climate resilience and adapting to climate change. Kerry emphasized recent... Read More

Retaliatory Sanctions Have Emboldened China's Critics In Europe
Geopolitics
Retaliatory Sanctions Have Emboldened China's Critics In Europe
2021-04-12 16:30:36
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Retaliatory sanctions imposed by China on Europeans in March have emboldened China's most vocal critics in Europe, who hope to push against the country's human rights abuses. In March, the E.U., U.K., U.S., and Canada issued coordinated sanctions against... Read More

Former National Security Advisor McMaster ‘Not a Military Drone’
Geopolitics
Former National Security Advisor McMaster ‘Not a Military Drone’
2021-04-09 20:56:02
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Lt. General H.R. McMaster wants you to know he's not a military drone. Despite a long, high-profile career in the military, he has criticisms of American foreign policy, and he expressed those criticisms even when he was in the military.... Read More

Biden Repeal of Trump ICC Sanctions Welcome, But Concerns Remain
Foreign Affairs
Biden Repeal of Trump ICC Sanctions Welcome, But Concerns Remain
2021-04-06 19:26:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Human rights organizations around the world cheered President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel punitive sanctions against the International Criminal Court, but they also agree serious obstacles remain to achieving justice for some of the world’s worst crimes. The... Read More

Reinvigorating Diplomacy with North Korea May Mean Compromise
Think Tanks
Reinvigorating Diplomacy with North Korea May Mean Compromise
2021-04-02 19:44:43
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump started a diplomatic dialogue with North Korea, but he framed it as a personal connection with dictator Kim Jong Un. This method showed some early promise for a bilateral relationship but broke down at... Read More

Iran, World Powers Ready to Welcome Back US to Nuclear Deal
Geopolitics
Iran, World Powers Ready to Welcome Back US to Nuclear Deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — Iran and the major powers in the agreement to keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons said Friday they were ready to welcome the return of the United States to the deal. The chair of the group including... Read More

The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
Geopolitics
The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
2021-04-01 13:28:20
by Daniel Mollenkamp

This week the first-ever west African joint ops brought together counterterrorism investigators and their judicial counterparts across Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. The training took place across all three countries with cross-country coordination "where appropriate," according to a written statement... Read More

SolarWinds Hack Got Emails of Top DHS Officials
Cybercrime
SolarWinds Hack Got Emails of Top DHS Officials

Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration's head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department's cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats from foreign countries, The Associated Press has learned.... Read More

Blinken Consults NATO About Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
Foreign Affairs
Blinken Consults NATO About Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
2021-03-23 18:58:19
by Daniel Mollenkamp

BRUSSELS- During his tour of America's European allies this week, where he's embracing the need to "revitalize" transatlantic relations, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is also feeling out NATO on whether or not to pull our troops from Afghanistan... Read More

Biden Aims to Prevent Border Crossings From Swamping Agenda
Immigration
Biden Aims to Prevent Border Crossings From Swamping Agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is scrambling to manage a growing humanitarian and political challenge at the U.S.-Mexico border that threatens to overshadow its ambitious legislative agenda. With the number of migrants surging, administration officials say Biden inherited an... Read More

Biden Called on to Boycott 2022 Beijing Games
In The News
Biden Called on to Boycott 2022 Beijing Games
2021-03-18 12:52:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Dhondup Wangchen is having déjà vu, and it isn’t pleasant for him. The Tibetan filmmaker, imprisoned by the Chinese government in 2008 on charges related to his documentary, Leaving Fear Behind, is once again protesting Beijing hosting the... Read More

Troubled US-China Ties Face New Test in Alaska Meeting
Geopolitics
Troubled US-China Ties Face New Test in Alaska Meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China will face a new test in their increasingly troubled relations when top officials from both countries meet in Alaska. Ties between the world's two largest economies have been torn for years and... Read More

Biden, Indo-Pacific Allies to Increase Vaccine Supplies to Asian Countries
Geopolitics
Biden, Indo-Pacific Allies to Increase Vaccine Supplies to Asian Countries
2021-03-12 21:05:40
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration announced a plan Friday to ramp up novel coronavirus vaccine manufacturing capacity in India alongside leaders of the Indo-Pacific alliance called “the Quad.”  President Biden announced the plan during a virtual summit with Prime Minister... Read More

FCC Targets Five Chinese Telecoms as Threat to National Security
Technology
FCC Targets Five Chinese Telecoms as Threat to National Security
2021-03-12 18:36:55
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Five Chinese companies are producing telecommunications equipment and services that pose "an unacceptable risk" to national security and the security and safety of U.S. citizens, the Federal Communications Commission announced Friday. The companies include Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE... Read More

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