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President Trump with French President Emmanuel Macron at a press conference during the G7 summit France in 2019.

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Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Gazette

How might the election change the nation’s place on world stage?

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  • Christina Pazzanese
| Oct. 28, 2020

Presidential candidates President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced few questions on foreign policy during this year’s debates. Not surprising given that Americans remain consumed by the domestic catastrophe brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, a reeling economy, reckoning over race and inequity, and climate-related disasters like wildfires in the West. But the two men’s very divergent views will undoubtedly guide the trajectory of U.S. authority and standing in the world over the next four years.  Harvard scholars and analysts on U.S. intelligence, Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran look at where we are now and consider how the election results could alter current U.S. priorities, relationships, and power dynamics.

A watchtower in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus' buffer zone in Nicosia, July 2019.

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The Modern Roots of the Graveyard for Diplomats: The Tripartite Conference on Cyprus in 1955

| October 2020

For nearly 60 years, attempts at finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in Cyprus have created an environment known as the “graveyard of diplomats” for practitioners of international relations.1 Hastily constructed by the British Royal Air Force in December 1963 because of intercommunal fighting between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, a demilitarized buffer zone, or “Green Line,” partitioned the two communities and has separated the island and its inhabitants ever since. Now, Cyprus hosts an amalgamation of different powers: two British sovereign bases which cover 98 square miles, the “Green Line” patrolled by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) spanning 134 square miles, a de facto state only recognized by Turkey called the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC) occupying one-third of the island, and the Republic of Cyprus which has de jure sovereignty over the entire island but is located in the southern two-thirds.

Trump and Merkel in Biarritz, France, August 2019

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Hope for the Future of American Leadership Dies Hard

| Oct. 16, 2020

Few countries outside the United States have as much at stake on November 3 as Germany. If the Democratic candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, wins the U.S. presidential election, the badly bruised transatlantic relationship can yet be reconstructed. But if President Donald Trump wins a second term, the United States might take an even more hostile attitude toward Berlin and Brussels than it did during his first.

Brisante Lage vor der US-Wahl 2020 - Expertin: "Die Leute sind zutiefst verunsichert"

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Analysis & Opinions

Brisante Lage vor der US-Wahl 2020 - Expertin: "Die Leute sind zutiefst verunsichert"

| Oct. 09, 2020

In wenigen Wochen wählen die USA ihren neuen Präsidenten. Wie ist die Stimmung im Land? Eine US-Expertin erklärt, ob gewalttätige Auseinandersetzungen im Zuge der Wahlen zu erwarten sind und was passiert, wenn Trump sich weigert, das Weiße Haus zu verlassen.

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European Leadership on Climate Policy: A Conversation with David Victor

| Oct. 08, 2020

David Victor, a professor of international relations at the University of California, San Diego, expressed his optimism for European leadership on climate policy in the latest episode of “Environmental Insights: Discussions on Policy and Practice from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program,” a podcast produced by the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.