The World Next Week: October 20, 2011

A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: United States-North Korea talks are held in Geneva; the first post-Arab Spring election takes place in Tunisia; and United Nations Day is marked.

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Hosts
  • James M. Lindsay
    Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
  • Robert McMahon
    Managing Editor

Show Notes

CFR's Director of Studies James Lindsay and CFR.org Editor Robert McMahon preview major world events in the week ahead.

In this week's podcast: United States-North Korea talks are held in Geneva; the first post-Arab Spring election takes place in Tunisia; and United Nations Day is marked.

Theme music by Miguel Herrero under Creative Commons License

Climate Change

The UN Human Rights Council meets for a special session on the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on protesters; the COP27 conference draws to a close amid calls from developing countries to increase funding for climate damages; and the 2022 FIFA World Cup begins in Doha, Qatar, even as controversy lingers.

G20 (Group of Twenty)

The United States takes stock of the midterm election results; geopolitical tensions loom over the Group of Twenty summit in Bali, Indonesia; and conversation swirls around possible diplomacy between Russia and Ukraine.

Climate Change

Egypt hosts the COP27 climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt; Americans vote in closely watched midterm elections; and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, kicks off a month of summitry in Asia.

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