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Foreign policy, general objectives that guide the activities and relationships of one state in its interactions with other states. The development of foreign policy is influenced by domestic considerations, the policies or behaviour of other states, or plans to advance specific geopolitical designs.

Strengthening citizen-centred governance should be a core element of the Biden administration’s democracy agenda

ORDER FROM CHAOS By Patrick W. Quirk and Eguiar Lizunda There are indications that President-elect Joe Biden intends to make supporting democracy a key element of his administration’s foreign policy. This is a pragmatic decision based in an understanding of national interest that recognizes that threats to democracy overseas imperil …

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Iran’s supreme leader vows revenge after top nuclear scientist apparently assassinated

By Ramin Mostaghim, Angela Dewan and Sara Mazloumsaki, CNN Tehran, Iran (CNN)Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has vowed revenge after the killing of the country’s chief nuclear scientist, as top officials pile blame on Israel. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who became the face of Iran’s controversial nuclear program, was killed …

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Somalia expels Kenyan envoy Lucas Tumbo over ‘poll interference’

Somalia has expelled Kenyan Ambassador to Mogadishu Lt. General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo over alleged interference in the upcoming elections. Its envoy to Kenya Ahmed Nuur Tarzan has also been summoned ‘for consultations’. “The Federal Government of Somalia notes the Kenyan Government’s attempt to infringe upon the sovereignty, territorial integrity. political …

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Biden to Name Longtime Aide Blinken as Secretary of State

President-elect Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of State, according to three people familiar with the matter, setting out to assemble his cabinet even before Donald Trump concedes defeat. In addition, Jake Sullivan, formerly one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, is likely to be …

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Trump’s contempt for democratic norms could haunt us for years

By Fareed Zakaria The predictions most people make about the outcome of this election are probably right. “President” Trump’s refusal to concede to Joe Biden will not change reality. His lawsuits appear to be going nowhere, with one judge describing a Trump campaign legal brief as “inadmissible hearsay within hearsay.” …

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5 facts you need to understand the new global order

At least three competing versions of the future world order crashed together at the World Economic Forum’s gathering in Davos. There was the one peddled by a combative Donald Trump, calling for a full-scale US retreat from the current order. Another came from Chinese leaders who proposed a new global …

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US orders China to close Houston consulate in 3 days

Move follows espionage indictments against two Chinese nationals TSUKASA HADANO, Nikkei staff writer and KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asian Review chief desk editor BEIJING/NEW YORK — The U.S. has ordered China to shut its consulate in Houston within three days, a move that Washington said defends America but which Beijing denounced …

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ORDER FROM CHAOS: PUTIN 5.0?

By Angela Stent On July 1, Russia finished a week long period of voting in a referendum on 200 amendments to the 1993 Yeltsin constitution. President Vladimir Putin had first called for changes to the constitution in January, and, within a few months, all the amendments were ready. Official figures …

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Democracy imperiled in Africa by ‘reformers’ turned dictators

By Michael Rubin It is often forgotten that the worst dictators are often, early in their careers, lauded as reformers. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was initially embraced as a “pragmatist” by diplomats and journalists alike. In 1991, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi the Nobel …

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