Politics & Policy : ParallelsU.S. policy can change the course of another country and, increasingly, the reverse is true. From social issues to geopolitical strategy, we connect the dots — and seek out possible lessons for the future.
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People wait to see President Obama on his way to make a televised address to the Cuban people in Havana on March 22. President Obama's opening to Cuba was carried out largely by executive orders that could be reversed when Donald Trump enters the White House.
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Haitian nationals at a Mexican government immigration office near the port of entry between Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz., wait day after day for appointments with U.S. immigration agents so they can enter. As a result of the Haitian influx and a continuing surge of Central Americans on the Texas-Mexico border, the U.S. government has run out of detention space.
President-elect Donald Trump gestures during a visit to the golf course he owns in Turnberry, Scotland, on July 31, 2015. As president, Trump will face foreign policy decisions that are likely to have an impact on his extensive international holdings, but he says he has no plans to sell his foreign business interests.
Then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il toast in Pyongyang on Oct. 24, 2000. The U.S. and North Korea signed an agreement six years earlier to curb North Korea's nuclear activities in exchange for aid, but it collapsed in 2002, during the Bush administration.
A counterdemonstrator holds a sign during a gathering in New York City to show solidarity with Syrian and Iraqi refugees last year. Donald Trump's hard-line campaign rhetoric singled out Syrian refugees. "If I win," he told a New Hampshire rally, "they are going back."
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The U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo holds the U.S. prison known as "Gitmo." President Obama said when he took office in 2009 that he wanted to close the prison, but 60 prisoners remain.
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Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn appeared with Donald Trump during a town hall on Sept. 6 in Virginia Beach, Va. The former Defense Intelligence Agency boss is a Trump national security insider.
Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the Kremlin in October 2015. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump faces many foreign policy challenges, which will include dealing with the war in Syria and friction with Russia.