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US President Donald Trump has headed the United States' foreign policy and military for nearly four years. Even so – or for this reason – the newly published list of his former national security officials who support the president includes perhaps the most nondescript list of endorsements ever compiled by a U.S. presidential candidate, let alone a reigning Republican, in his re-election campaign.

Meanwhile, the US risks falling behind China and Europe in the clean energy race as it continues to rely on the shale revolution while maintaining a short-sighted approach to energy innovation.

And the Narendra Modi government of India has frozen the assets of Amnesty International – the latest target in the crackdown by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party against independent scrutiny of human rights problems in India.

Here are Foreign policyThe top weekend is.

US President Donald Trump and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien walk down the Rose Garden Colonnade before leaving the White House on September 21.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Image

1. Where are the Trump Loyalists?

After nearly four years in the White House, US President Donald Trump still has few respected foreign policy supporters. This emerges from a letter published by the president's re-election campaign that was supposed to have the opposite effect, writes Garrett M. Graff.

The German container ship Bremen Express is preparing to dock in Miami on June 10, 2019.Joe Raedle / Getty Images

2. No, Biden will not end trade wars

After four years of Trump administration, the international trading system collapses. But Joe Biden would likely worsen trade disputes if he became president – at least in the short term. Foreign policyEdward Alden writes.

Young Saudis walk next to a portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Riyadh Season Boulevard in the Saudi capital on January 31.Fayez Nureldine / AFP via Getty Images

3. Saudi Arabia should not be allowed to re-join the United States Human Rights Council

Saudi Arabia again tosses its hat in the ring for a seat on the International Human Rights Council, but the kingdom is still a country where children can be tortured and executed, writes Saudi capital defense attorney Taha al- Hajji.

Chinese workers ride a boat through a large floating solar farm project in Anhui province on June 13, 2017.Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

4. Beijing wins the Clean Energy Race

Currently, China is winning the global race to invent and manufacture the technologies to build new green economies. Europe is on its heels. Meanwhile, the US is in danger of falling behind, write Sarah Ladislaw and Nikos Tsafos.

A pedestrian walks past the Amnesty International office in Bengaluru on October 26, 2018. Manjunath Kiran / AFP / Getty Images

5. The death of human rights in India?

The Modi government appears to be in the middle of an orchestrated campaign to undermine an independent audit of India's human rights record – and Amnesty International is the most recent target. Foreign policySumit Ganguly writes.

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