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A closer alliance between the US and Latin America could bring political and economic benefits for both. SERGIO V S RANGEL/Shutterstock

US needs to rebuild Latin American alliances as Russia grows global pro-war power base

With Russia building new partnerships to gain support for its war, the US should re-engage with allies in its backyard, experts say.
A Russian military photo shows Russian soldiers arriving in Kazakhstan on Jan. 7, 2022. Russian Defence Ministry\TASS via Getty Images

In Kazakhstan, Russia follows a playbook it developed in Ukraine

Negotiations between Western democracies and Russia over the fate of Ukraine took place against a backdrop of Russia troops entering Kazakhstan. It’s a reminder that Russia is willing to play tough.
French President Emmanuel Macron talks to U.S. President Joe Biden at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

French outrage over US submarine deal will not sink a longstanding alliance

Despite a ‘major breach of trust,’ the recent spat between France and the US corresponds to a long cycle of conflict and rapprochement between the two countries.
The US ambassador to the USSR, George Kennan, chats with a reporter in 1952 after the Soviets told the US State Department that Kennan must be recalled immediately. Bettmann/contributor/Getty Images

George Kennan urged American leadership and patience to counter the Soviets. Instead, the Cold War ensued

Kennan was one of America’s few true experts on Soviet affairs. He famously urged a “Containment” strategy to prevent Soviet expansionism, advising against military responses and arms build-ups.
Helping women is an explicit goal of the Biden administration’s pandemic relief plan. Does the gender focus extend to the world? Alex Wong/Getty Images

How a ‘feminist’ foreign policy would change the world

Gender equality doesn’t top any country’s international agenda – yet. But ever more countries, including the US, are starting to discern that women’s rights really are human rights.
A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2018. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Why repressive Saudi Arabia remains a US ally

Saudi’s crown prince approved the killing and dismemberment of a Washington Post columnist in 2018, the Biden administration says. So how can the US still see the Saudis as good partners?

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