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Americas

A rise in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has challenged three successive administrations. How is President Biden responding?

El Salvador

Thousands of people are arriving at the U.S. southern border after fleeing the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. President Biden is reviving efforts to tackle the problems that are prompting them to migrate. 

United States

President Trump sent U.S. troops to the border with Mexico to supplement the work of authorities there. President Biden pledges a new approach as pressures mount along the boundary.
Digital Infrastructure
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Technology and Innovation

To avoid falling behind the rest of the world on internet speed and access, the United States should rapidly deploy fiber-optic internet nationwide.

Infrastructure

Amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, debate continues over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major shortfalls.

 

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Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines

Only a year after the new coronavirus emerged, the first vaccines to protect against it are being administered. But production challenges, vaccine nationalism, and new virus strains are all presenting hurdles.

Coronavirus

Successful vaccine rollouts in the United States and other wealthy nations have made many people hopeful that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. But the majority of the world’s population does not yet have access to these vaccines. Without a strong global effort to immunize everyone, new variants could tighten the pandemic’s grip on rich and poor countries alike.

Coronavirus

Transition 2021

Politics and Government

The basic themes of Biden's presidency have emerged. While many represent a sharp departure, there is considerable continuity when it comes to foreign policy.

Afghanistan

Max Boot, CFR’s Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss President Biden’s recent announcement to completely withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan before September 11, 2021.

Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Lawrence H. Summers discusses the U.S. economic recovery, the Biden administration's stimulus and infrastructure plans, possible inflation risks, and the implications for the global economy. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics brings the world's foremost economic policymakers and scholars to address members on current topics in international economics and U.S. monetary policy. This meeting series is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.
Climate Change

Energy and Environment

Biden’s Earth Day summit leaves important, lingering questions, the most important of these being the feasibility and credibility of his plans.

 

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Climate Change

International efforts, such as the Paris Agreement, aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But experts say countries aren’t doing enough to limit dangerous global warming.

Events

Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Lawrence H. Summers discusses the U.S. economic recovery, the Biden administration's stimulus and infrastructure plans, possible inflation risks, and the implications for the global economy. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics brings the world's foremost economic policymakers and scholars to address members on current topics in international economics and U.S. monetary policy. This meeting series is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.

Transition 2021

Panelists discuss U.S. policy priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa and what changes to expect from the Biden administration. The Transition 2021 series examines the major foreign policy issues confronting the Biden administration.  

Economics

On behalf of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies (CGS) at the Council on Foreign Relations, I am pleased to invite you to an upcoming meeting of the Roundtable Series on International Finance, “What Future for Capitalism in America? Anne Case, professor emeritus of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, and co-author, most recently, of Deaths of Despair and The Future of Capitalism,  discuss the policy challenges America faces in maintaining a commitment to private enterprise and open global markets while improving living standards and opportunities for its less well-off.

China

Anne Applebaum discusses the prospects for democracy in light of emerging challenges and alternatives. This meeting is the second session in CFR’s new speaker series, The 21st Century World: Big Challenges & Big Ideas, which will feature some of today’s leading thinkers and tackle issues ​that will define this century. The series commemorates CFR’s centennial and will be released as a podcast later this year. Our first session on April 13 featured Margaret MacMillan on “What Are the Lessons of History for Our Era?”   This meeting is part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy.

Expert Spotlight

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: The Path to American Recovery Remains Unclear

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

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Health How the World Has Learned to Grieve in a Pandemic

This Webby-nominated feature takes a look at how grieving practices worldwide have been shaped by the pandemic.

Food and Water Security Rising Hunger: Facing a Food-Insecure World

Global food insecurity has surged amid the coronavirus pandemic, threatening to worsen humanitarian crises and spur further mass migration.

Public Health Threats and Pandemics The Coronavirus Pandemic, With Tom Bollyky

Thomas J. Bollyky, director of CFR’s Global Health program and senior fellow for global health, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the World Health Organization’s newly declared pandemic, COVID-19.

Conflict Prevention Conflicts to Watch in 2021

In CFR’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey, U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate in the coming year.

China China’s Repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

More than a million Muslims have been arbitrarily detained in China’s Xinjiang region. The reeducation camps are just one part of the government’s crackdown on Uyghurs.

Featured Publications

Wars and Conflict

Stephen Biddle explains how nonstate military strategies overturn traditional perspectives on warfare.

China

To preserve peace in the Taiwan Strait, Robert D. Blackwill and Philip Zelikow propose the United States make clear that it will not change Taiwan’s status, yet will work with allies to plan for Chinese aggression and help Taiwan defend itself.

Iran

Ray Takeyh provides new interpretations of many key events—including the 1953 coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq and the rise of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini—significantly revising our understanding of the United States’ and Iran’s complex and difficult history.