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Biden administration may expand refugee program as Russians seek asylum

In the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, thousands of Russians are fleeing their country. Many are seeking entry into the United States, leaving embassies around the world scrambling. Nahal Toosi, senior foreign affairs correspondent for Politico, said many Russians are going to embassies trying to get visas to go to the United States. She […]


State Department launches new Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy

Pursuing American diplomacy in a more competitive world requires a fresh look at modern problems. As part of his modernization agenda, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the creation of a new Cyberspace and Digital Policy Bureau, led by Jennifer Bachus, senior bureau official and principal deputy assistant secretary. Bachus told Government Matters the bureau […]


High-level Ukraine visits show Russia the US is not moving on, says former State Department official

Russia’s war on Ukraine is the first full-fledged war of aggression in Europe since 1945. Several high-level U.S. government officials have recently visited Ukraine, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America and former director of policy planning […]


Solomon Islands’ agreement with China not a big threat, argues Asia-Pacific security expert

The Solomon Islands in the South Pacific just signed a security cooperation agreement with China. Government leaders in the United States, Australia and New Zealand see it as a threat to the stability of the region. Lyle Goldstein, director of Asia engagement at Defense Priorities and visiting professor at Brown University, said he does not […]


Analyst has three recommendations for US to encourage Turkey to align with NATO

Turkey has been called a “frenemy” of the United States, sometimes friendly and other times hostile. It is a NATO member located strategically on the Black Sea, but it seems to be on the fence with Russia’s war on Ukraine. Ryan Brobst, research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the United States […]


US has ‘a real opportunity’ to distance China from Russia, says federal executive fellow

Another casualty of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is collaboration among Arctic states. The Arctic Council, which includes Russia and seven other Arctic states, has suspended operations because of the war. However, because China has interest in the Arctic, this presents the United States with an opportunity to distance China from Russia. CDR Jeremy Greenwood, federal […]


US takes careful approach to Russia sanctions to mitigate impacts on partners, allies

The international sanctions coalition against Russia is unprecedented, but as the conflict continues into a possible stalemate, can the United States maintain the cohesion between allies and partners? Richard Nephew, senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and former principal deputy coordinator for sanctions policy at the State Department, said the […]

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