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United States

Progress on Biden’s climate agenda will slow with a split Congress, but state-level action could provide momentum.

U.S. Congress

Daniel Silverberg, managing director at global strategy firm Capstone and adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and Christopher Tuttle, senior fellow and director of the Renewing America Initiative at the Council, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the results of the 2022 U.S. midterm elections and its impact on U.S. foreign policy.  

United States

Qatar

International Organizations

Why It Matters looks at soccer’s cultural power and what happens when its most watched event is hosted by a country such as Qatar.

 

 

Labor

Middle East and North Africa

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for reform.

East Africa

Citizen backlash to stories of labor exploitation may complicate Gulf states’ foreign policy agenda in East Africa.

 

COVID-19

COVID-19

Government leaders are optimistic that COVID-19 is becoming endemic, meaning more predictable and manageable. But many scientists say it’s too soon to behave like the pandemic is over.

 

COVID-19

Every viral pandemic since 1900 has been the result of spillover from animals to humans. Public health systems should take the steps outlined by Jay Varma and Neil Vora to limit the potential for spillover and the rapid spread of pathogens.
Climate Change

Climate Change

The UN climate summit delivered on a loss and damage fund, but it fell short on goals to reduce emissions and avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

Climate Change

Since 1992, when the United Nations recognized climate change as a serious issue, negotiations among countries have produced notable accords, such as the Paris Agreement. But leaders have struggled to maintain momentum and failed to slow global temperature rise.

Nigeria

World leaders should rebuff Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s attempt at moral intimidation.
Malaysia

Malaysia

Malaysia's voters delivered an inconclusive message in the general election, leading to a hung parliament.

Myanmar

Despite Southeast Asia's significant democratic erosion in 2022, upcoming elections and other political developments in 2023 could be even more detrimental to democracy in the region.

 

Events

United States

With broad bipartisan support in Congress, the Biden Administration has made U.S. engagement in the Pacific a clear priority for American foreign policy, emphasizing the region's critical importance to some of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century, including competition with China and combating climate change. Please join our speakers for part two of a conversation about U.S. strategic interests in the Pacific, what the U.S. is currently doing, and what the U.S. should be doing to further productive engagement in the region. You may view part one of this series here: The Future of the U.S. in the Pacific**This is a virtual meeting through Zoom. Log-in information and instructions on how to participate during the question and answer portion will be provided the evening before the event to those who register. Please note the audio and video of this virtual meeting will be posted on the CFR website.**

Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko discusses the war in Ukraine, what’s at stake, and prospects for Russia-Ukraine diplomacy. 

United States

Having bipartisan support in Congress, the Biden Administration has stated that strengthening partnerships in the Pacific is of utmost importance to meet some of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century, including competition with China and combating climate change. Join our speakers for a conversation on U.S. strategic interests in the Pacific and the available levers the United States has to further productive engagement in the region. This is the first session of a two-part virtual series on the role of the U.S. in the Pacific.   

Expert Spotlight

Thomas J. Bollyky
Thomas J. Bollyky

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development and Director of the Global Health Program

Health Trade Development

Ray Takeyh
Ray Takeyh

Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies

Iran Iran Nuclear Agreement Persian Gulf

Takeyh: The Ingredients for Participatory Politics Are Within Iranian Society

Richard K. Betts
Richard K. Betts

Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

Defense and Security Intelligence Military Operations

The Big Red Button

Ian Johnson
Ian Johnson

Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for China Studies

China Civil Society Democracy

Xi Jinping Exposed

Max Boot
Max Boot

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

U.S. Foreign Policy Defense and Security Military History

Paul B. Stares
Paul B. Stares

General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action

Conflict Prevention Wars and Conflict Defense and Security

GCT: Ukraine

Thomas Graham

Graham: Ukraine Conflict Is Existential for Putin

Manjari Chatterjee Miller
Manjari Chatterjee Miller

Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia

India Asia China

Should the United States Pledge to Defend Taiwan?

Carla Anne Robbins

Where's the Strategy?

Edward Alden
Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow

Trade Immigration and Migration Economics

Debrief on the G-20 Summit

Steven A. Cook
Steven A. Cook

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies and Director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars

Middle East and North Africa Turkey Arab Spring

Ebenezer Obadare
Ebenezer Obadare

Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow for Africa Studies

Nigeria Sub-Saharan Africa Religion

Scott A. Snyder

Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

North Korea South Korea Asia

Brad W. Setser

Setser: Strong Dollar Snowballs Across Asia

Stephen Sestanovich
Stephen Sestanovich

George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Russia Europe and Eurasia U.S. Foreign Policy

Sebastian Mallaby
Sebastian Mallaby

Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics

Monetary Policy International Finance Globalization

Sebastian Mallaby on Venture Capital

Linda Robinson

Winning the Peace in Iraq

Adam Segal
Adam Segal

Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

China Cybersecurity Asia

Gideon Rose
Gideon Rose

Mary and David Boies Distinguished Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy

Wars and Conflict Middle East and North Africa Southeast Asia

Rose: Putin Is Hoping for Western Resolve to Crack

David P. Fidler
David P. Fidler

Senior Fellow for Global Health and Cybersecurity

International Law Cybersecurity Health

Tom Frieden

The Next Anthony Fauci

Roger W. Ferguson Jr.
Roger W. Ferguson Jr.

Steven A. Tananbaum Distinguished Fellow for International Economics

Monetary Policy Fiscal Policy Regulation and Deregulation

2022 Truman Medal for Economic Policy

Shannon K. O'Neil
Shannon K. O'Neil

Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Trade Supply Chains Democracy

Robert E. Rubin
Robert E. Rubin

Chairman Emeritus; Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

A Plan to Help Kids Without Increasing Inflation

Sheila A. Smith
Sheila A. Smith

John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Studies

Japan Defense and Security Asia

Quad Bloc Commits to Indo-Pacific Disaster Response Plan on UN Sidelines

Alice C. Hill
Alice C. Hill

David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment

Climate Change Infrastructure Food and Water Security

COP27 Climate Summit in Egypt: What to Expect

Explainers

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