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EXCLUSIVE: Ambassadors Discuss
Complexities of the Rohingya Crisis


A recent U.N. report joins the chorus of international condemnation of Myanmar’s military for the atrocities committed against the country’s Rohingya minority. In an exclusive in-depth report, The Washington Diplomat spoke to ambassadors from the U.S., European Union and Japan about this delicate balancing act. Read More

Cover Story

Tiny but Strategic Djibouti Dreams
Of Becoming East African Powerhouse

a4.djibouti.doualeh.envoy.homeA country few Americans have ever heard of is home to the only permanent U.S. military base in Africa, located just a few miles from China’s first overseas military base. In fact, Djibouti has taken advantage of its geostrategic location to become a hub of counterterrorism operations, global shipping, economic growth and regional stability. Read More

People of World Influence

Former Adviser to Obama, Trump
Discusses U.S. and Latin America

a1.powi.cutz.venezuela.storyFrom corruption scandals to migration crises to Venezuela’s epic meltdown, the Latin America portfolio is a tough one for anyone to tackle — let alone someone who’s worked for two bosses with polar-opposite viewpoints. But Fernando Cutz managed to do just that, and come out on the other side relatively unscathed. Read More

Getting Firm on China

U.S. Targets China By Cracking
Down on Foreign Investment

a2.china.scrunity.flag.homeThe Treasury Department began testing a new law to strengthen a little-known government agency so as to turn the screws on a well-known geopolitical adversary. The agency is the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, and the adversary is China. Read More

Political Paradox

Drop in EU Migrant Arrivals Hasn’t
Dented Popularity of Populists

a3.eu.italy.migrants.boat.homeThe electoral successes that far-right, anti-immigrant political parties across Europe have achieved this year is paradoxical given that the flood of refugees from the Middle East and Africa has abated considerably from its peak in 2015. Read More

U.S. Midterm Roadmap

Midterm Elections Set to Shake Up
Tumultuous Political Landscape

a5.cogent.midterms.roadmap.homeTo suss out the key races, issues and personalities that will determine the political makeup of the 116th Congress and governorships of 36 U.S. states, Cogent Strategies has created a midterm roadmap to guide us through what is sure to be another momentous political contest. Read More

Global Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Trump’s New LGBTI Policy
Places Burden on Foreign Diplomats

a6.oped.marriage.supreme.court.homeOn Oct. 1, the Trump administration began denying visas for same-sex partners of diplomats working at the United Nations in New York. Given the current global trends and the inability for many same-sex partners to marry, this new U.S. government policy places an undue burden on foreign diplomats appointed by their countries to work at the U.N. Read More

Nordic Vantage Point

Op-Ed: U.S. Visit of Viking Ship
Signifies Importance of Oceans

a7.oped.nordic.harfagre.oceans.homeFor 10 days last month, the world’s largest sailing Viking ship was docked at The Wharf in Washington, D.C. Having crossed the Atlantic from Norway, the Draken Harald Hårfagre served as a reminder to people in the nation’s capital of the opportunities offered by the world’s oceans. Read More