Amy Pope

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Caravana de migrantes viaja rumbo a Estados Unidos por Veracruz (México), el 17 de noviembre.CLAUDIO CRUZ (AFP)

Acabo de concluir una visita a cuatro países americanos, la primera desde que en septiembre asumí mi cargo como directora general adjunta de Gestión y Reforma de la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM). El viaje pretendía entender de primera mano las dinámicas migratorias en el continente americano.

Recorrí Bajo Chiquito, una comunidad indígena localizada en el Tapón del Darién (Panamá); la ciudad Tapachula, en el sur de México; pasé por Ciudad de Panamá, Bogotá, por Washington y Ciudad de México para reunirme con altos funcionarios de esos países. También hablé con las personas migrantes y escuché de viva voz sus historias y los riesgos que enfrentan en las rutas.…  Seguir leyendo »

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are briefed by expert members of their national security and foreign policy agency review teams in December 2020. Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images.

Democracy Must Work at Home First

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri

US democracy has been vividly on display and scrutinized by the world for the entirety of Trump’s presidency. In the years ahead, the global balance of democratic and authoritarian values will be shaped not only by US leadership abroad but especially by the ability of the Biden administration to fix America’s democracy.

Today, the US is wracked by internal division and the distribution of economic opportunities and benefits across society is radically unequal. Confidence in the leadership, the electoral system, and the capacity of the state to deliver has taken a serious hit.…  Seguir leyendo »

The authors of this collection consider the most pressing foreign policy challenges for the next US president, and examine how the outcome of the 2020 election will affect these.

The president will determine how the US’s diplomatic, economic and military resources are invested, and what value the administration will attach to existing alliances and multilateral institutions.

Whoever sits in the White House will shape the trajectory of the US–China relationship and the global economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as international cooperation on climate action, international trade and technology policy, and health.


  • The last four years have confirmed that the choices the US makes are highly consequential for international politics.
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A US Border Patrol agent detains migrants at the border in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Getty Images.

Donald Trump’s latest border security play – which slashes the State Department’s foreign assistance to three vulnerable Central American countries at the same time as he fixates on building a wall – won’t fix illegal migration. Worse, it siphons away money from solutions that will actually improve US border security.

It has been well documented that the answer to southwest border migration is not building a wall, it’s first improving the US immigration system. The system is badly broken, ill-equipped to manage the flows of people seeking to work, live and seek refuge in the United States. Both presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama tried – and failed – to get reforming legislation over the finish line, thwarted by partisan bickering.…  Seguir leyendo »

US women lawmakers wore white to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in the House of Representatives in solidarity with the women's suffragette movement. Photo: Getty Images.

It has been almost 100 years since women in the United States gained the right to vote but the US still is yet to have a woman elected as president. What do you think needs to change for there to be the first woman elected to the White House?

Amy Pope: I think it’s coming soon. In the last election, the woman candidate won a majority of the votes of the popular vote. Now, because of the way the US system works, she didn’t win a majority of the electoral college, which is what she would have needed to become president.…  Seguir leyendo »

Early voting in Norwalk, California. Photo: Getty Images.

Americans are divided – but no longer complacent

Leslie Vinjamuri

The 2018 US midterm elections were a referendum on President Trump and in the aftermath, only one truth is crystal clear. America is divided. Americans have voted against Trump, and Americans have voted for Trump.

This division is likely to infect US politics for the next two years. Some of this division will now be given actual political expression in Congress.  But it will also be played out across America.

Two areas stand out. One is trade. Americans may well experience a deepening trade war and suffer its costs very differently.…  Seguir leyendo »