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Architect and designer Florence Knoll Bassett poses with her dog, Cartree, in this photograph circa 1950. Courtesy Knoll Archive

Florence Knoll Bassett’s mid-century design diplomacy

Knoll is best known for transforming the design of America's corporate offices. But she was also on the front lines of a State Department effort to promote American ingenuity and capitalism abroad.
Angolan President Joao Lourenco and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Johannesburg in 2018. EPA-EFE/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin Pool

How Russia is growing its strategic influence in Africa

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has new aspirations in Africa in pursuit of his country's assertiveness in the global arena.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a 2014 press conference in Bahrain. AP/Hasan Jamali

Why Jamal Khashoggi’s murder took place in a consulate

Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder happened at a consulate, a space not subject to the laws of the host country, Turkey. That means the alleged murderers did not fear interference by local authorities.
A police officer stands guard over the global elites who decided to make the trek to Davos this year. AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Why the Davos elites are still relevant

The high-profile absence of several world leaders including Trump from the World Economic Forum has led some to suggest its influence is in decline. A philosopher who has seen Davos up close disagrees.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrive for high tea at the Grand Garden of Bogor Presidential Palace south of Jakarta. Lukas Coch/AAP

How will Australia’s plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem affect relations with Indonesia?

If their trade deal is delayed, this will not only create a huge loss for the Australian and Indonesian economies but also change foreign policy dynamics between the two countries.
The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia has every potential as an alternative means to promote peace. www.shutterstock.com

Can the Asian Games promote peace?

How can sporting events like the Asian Games contribute to global peace?
In this 2015 photo, Ensaf Haidar, wife of the jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, shows a portrait of her husband in France. The arrest of Badawi’s sister is at the heart of a diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia that will significantly affect trade between the two countries. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

The major trade implications of the Canada-Saudi Arabia spat

The diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia could have serious economic ramifications as well. When diplomatic ties are cut, research shows trade suffers significantly.
In a recent speech, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attempted to reset Australia’s relationship with China, which has become strained in recent months. AAP/EPA/Kanzaburo Fukuhara / POOL

Turnbull pushes the ‘reset’ button with China, but will it be enough?

The prime minister's China "reset" speech indicates he has yielded to diplomatic advice to separate domestic politics from foreign policy.
U.S. President Donald Trump gives North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a thumbs up during their meeting at a resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Casino Diplomacy: The Trump game that everyone loses

Donald Trump is unmoved by high risks and wild odds, apparently feeling that his sheer cunning will always win, including, now, in geopolitics — his latest casino.

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