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OpEd: The real issue at the southern border

The photos were scandalous. Border Patrolmen on horseback near Del Rio, Texas rounded up Haitians on Sept. 20. It looked like a human rodeo.

Following the incident, the Biden administration quickly moved to suspend the horse patrol while an “independent” investigation would look into the story behind the photos. “To see people treated like they did? Horses running them over? People being strapped? It’s outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay,” President Biden said.

Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang addresses strained bilateral ties

Qin Gang, China’s new ambassador to the United States, wants to correct three misconceptions when it comes to US-Chinese relations.

In an Aug. 31 virtual event hosted by the National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) about a month after his arrival in Washington, Qin noted that this year marks half a century since the secret 1971 visit to Beiing by then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Book Review: Our last best hope for America

George Packer, a staff writer for The Atlantic and award-winning author of several non-fiction books, is one of the most penetrating, persuasive, and important writers in the United States. He is consistently fair-minded, skeptical, and willing to challenge political orthodoxy and conventional wisdom. He wrote a remarkable book about the Iraq War, a probing biography of Richard Holbrooke, and a stunning account of the economic and social unraveling of America’s middle class.

Global 360: Afghanistan – 20 years later

Anna Gawel and Eric Ham give a candid talk about what went wrong in Afghanistan, what, if any, the long-term repercussions will be, and why there are no easy answers when it comes to a country known as the graveyard of empires.

Op-Ed: Sit down. Get the vaccine. Act like an adult.

The new rules amount to Biden saying “enough of the bull” as he steps up efforts to get stubborn Americans vaccinated. When I asked about mandatory vaccinations at the beginning of the Biden administration, press secretary Jen Psaki said the president was opposed to them.

Global 360: Corporate Diplomacy

As the world grapples with new realities and a once-in-a-generation pandemic, multinational corporations are shifting priorities to meet new business climates and polarizing policy environments. Philip Morris International, no stranger to controversy, offers audiences a look at how this longstanding company is navigating the new normal to remain viable in the 21st century.

Air Senegal launches BWI-Dakar flights in bid for diaspora business

Until coronavirus paralyzed the airline industry in early 2020, more than a million passengers were flying annually between the United States and West Africa. Now that international travel is gradually returning to normal, Air Senegal hopes to grab a slice of that business.

Audra Plepyté blames Belarus for migrant crisis on Lithuania’s border

The biggest immediate threat to Lithuania comes not from Russia, but from another former Soviet republic: Belarus. That’s the warning from Audra Plepyté, Lithuania’s ambassador to the United States. She says that if the autocratic regime of Alexander Lukashenko isn’t neutralized soon, all of Europe will ultimately pay the price.

Op-Ed: Hanging up the badge isn’t losing a war

As President Joe Biden held his head in his hands during an East Room address to the nation on  Aug. 26, to discuss the killing of 13 servicemen in Kabul by a suicide bomber, it should have been a moment of sober reflection.

Former UN Secretary General offers insights and critiques of his term

History will not regard Ban Ki-moon as a commanding or charismatic secretary general of the United Nations. A somber, cautious, and conservative diplomat from South Korea, Ban was not an arresting figure on the global stage. However, Ban believes he was a consequential, even visionary, secretary general, and he has written a memoir to make his case.