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Canada’s New Envoy Confronts Pandemic, Protest and Protectionism


Capricia Marshall’s New Book Makes Case for Enduring Power of Protocol


As Coronavirus Spread, State Department Evacuated Over 100,000 Americans Abroad


G20 Leaders Urged to Mobilize COVID-19 Response for World’s Poor


Is the Afghan Peace Process Back on Track?


In Wake of Coronavirus, Embassies, Museums Offer Culture From Your Couch


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Canada's New Envoy Confronts
Pandemic, Protest, Protectionism

Canada’s new ambassador, Kirsten Hillman, is as busy as ever carrying out her normal duties while also adjusting to the new normal of pandemic and protest. Yet in many ways, unrest and uncertainty have been Hillman’s “normal” for the last three years. Read More

People of World Influence

Capricia Marshall’s New Book Shows
The Enduring Power of Protocol

Capricia Penavic Marshall, who served as protocol chief for President Barack Obama and social secretary for President Bill Clinton, says in her new book, “Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You”, that the age-old art of protocol is just as relevant as ever. Read More

EU to the Rescue?

EU Hopes to Rise to the Challenge
With ‘Next Generation’ Budget

With the head of its central bank predicting the worst economic downturn since World War II, a global pandemic raging and its second-largest economy about to completely depart, these are trying times — yet again — for the European Union. Read More

Great Escape

State Department Evacuated 100,000
Americans as COVID-19 Spread

Hundreds of U.S. consular officials around the world have snapped into action to bring home more than 100,000 Americans traveling or living abroad in more than 130 countries as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe. Read More


G20 Leaders Urged to Mobilize
COVID-19 Response for World’s Poor

G20 leaders urgently need to reconvene to agree on an enhanced and more strongly coordinated global response to the COVID-19 crisis. Although lockdowns are being eased in many places, the daily number of new COVID-19 cases worldwide recently reached its highest level yet. Read More

Pandemic Impetus

Coronavirus Could Upend
Yemen’s Long-Running Conflict

It’s hard to imagine things could get any worse in Yemen, which was already the Arab world’s poorest country before war broke out five years ago. With the coronavirus health crisis sweeping the globe, however, experts fear the situation in Yemen could indeed get much, much worse. Read More

South Asia

Is the Afghan Peace
Process Back on Track?

USIP’s Scott Smith looks at what a few hopeful recent developments might mean for the peace process, when we can expect the vital intra-Afghan negotiations to begin and what, if any, impact COVID-19 has had on peace. Read More


Singapore's Coronavirus Cases
increase Due to Migrant Workers

In recent weeks, Singapore went from global success story in its response to the coronavirus outbreak to having the largest number of cases in Southeast Asia. Most startlingly, though, is the number of migrant worker infections in the country, which dwarfs that of the general population. Read More

Failure of Forcible Regime Change

Academics Say U.S. Interventions
To Force Regime Change Often Fail

There is a long history of countries overthrowing other countries’ governments to get what they want and an equally long history of such efforts ending in abject failure, ranging from the American morass in Vietnam to the botched Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Read More

Why America Slept

JFK’s Analysis of Pre-War Britain
Offers Parallels to Today’s Pandemic

Published in July 1940, John F. Kennedy’s “Why England Slept” provides a template for how to analyze the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States in 2020. His approach can help us understand “Why America Slept.” Read More


Blood Plasma Therapy Helps
Critically Ill Covid-19 Patients

The blood plasma of people who have recovered from the new coronavirus infection may help critically ill COVID-19 patients recover, a new study finds. Of 25 sick patients given plasma transfusions, 19 improved and 11 left the hospital, the researchers reported. Read More


Amid COVID-19, Traditional Recipes
Comfort Middle Eastern Communities

Amid global lockdowns and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, many countries are circling back to one constant: food. In the Middle East, there has been a revival of traditional recipes to unite communities through cuisine. Read More

Quiet Trailblazer

America's First Female Ambassador
Focused on the Job, Not Gender

One of the first things that stands out in the book “Mrs. Ambassador: The Life and Politics of Eugenie Anderson” is that history really does repeat itself. Were America’s first woman ambassador to return to the job today, she would find herself on somewhat familiar ground. Read More




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The Arts Go Virtual

In Wake of Coronavirus,
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Culture From Your Couch


Show Must Go On

Arena Stage Transitions
To Virtual Events in
Wake of Pandemic


Sweden on the Move

Swedes Take Road
Less Traveled in
‘Smart Mobility’


Thrilling ‘Riffs’

African American Artists
Created Fruitful Relations
With European Modernism

Diplomatic Spouses

Life's Ups and Downs

Colombian Ambassador,
Wife Serve as Longtime
Human Rights Advocates


Gutsy 'Pass'

Amid Racial Tensions,
Two Black Men Wait
For Paradise in ‘Pass Over’


More Than Decor

Canadian Embassy
Promotes Diversity,
Equality in ‘New Light’

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