Vishnu Kannan

Vishnu Kannan is a senior at Michigan State University studying International Relations, Political Theory and Economics. He is a former research intern in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution and at Lawfare.

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The Ukraine Connection

Summary of Amb. William Taylor’s Deposition Testimony

Editor’s note: This is one of eight summaries of depositions released by House impeachment investigators. The others are available here.

Ambassador William Taylor testified before Congress in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Oct. 22. Below is a summary of his testimony, as compiled from the transcript of his deposition.

Politics & National Security

National Security Highlights from the Fourth Democratic Primary Debate

On Tuesday, CNN and the New York Times hosted the fourth debate of the 2020 Democratic primary campaign, moderated by Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett and Mark Lacey. We’ve combed through the transcript from the debate to present the national security-related exchanges. These excerpts are organized both thematically and chronologically.

A complete transcript of the debate can be found through the Washington Post.

Impeachment

Politics & National Security

National Security Highlights from the Third Democratic Primary Debate

On Thursday, ABC hosted the third debate of the 2020 Democratic primary campaign, moderated by Linsey Davis, David Muir, Jorge Ramos and George Stephanopoulos. We’ve combed through the transcript from the debate to present the national security-related exchanges. These excerpts are organized both thematically and chronologically.

A complete transcript of the debate can be found through the Washington Post.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

On Tuesday, the Chinese government’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said that Beijing had the legal authority to declare a state of emergency in Hong Kong if protests in the city continue, the Wall Street Journal writes. The office also hinted at the policy changes which may result from such a declaration, including outlawing masks for protestors and punishing teachers who encourage students to protest.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

At least 63 people were killed and 180 wounded in a suicide bombing at a wedding hall in Kabul on Saturday, reports the Washington Post. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the Taliban condemned it. The attack comes as the United States and the Taliban engage in peace negotiations that could result in most U. S.