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September 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

January 20, 2022

Economics
Robert E. Rubin: The Challenges and Future of Capitalism in the United States

There are many critical challenges for the U. S. economy that markets, by their nature, will not address. In this sense, the future of American capitalism thus depends on the future of American polit…

December 11, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should a Retired General Be Secretary of Defense?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden’s nomination of General Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense raises question…

Retired General Lloyd Austin speaks at a podium as President-Elect Joe Biden sits behind him.

April 30, 2020

China
Assessing the Early Response to Beijing’s Pandemic Diplomacy

Responses to China’s post-COVID overtures are largely falling along pre-existing political fault lines.

Wang Yi speaks during a news conference after a meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

April 10, 2020

China
Mapping China’s Health Silk Road

As part of its effort to position itself as a global health leader in the COVID-19 pandemic, China has resurrected the “Health Silk Road” moniker, suggesting that the concept may take on new importance.

An airport worker is seen as a Chinese plane arrives with medical workers and supplies donated from China to Cambodia.

March 17, 2020

China
What the COVID-19 Pandemic May Mean for China's Belt and Road Initiative

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic spreads worldwide, the public health crisis and response will lay bare China’s leadership aspirations as a great power. It is too soon to say preci…

Workers wearing face masks rope a container ship at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China February 11, 2020.

February 25, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Leave Afghanistan?

Since November, I have been talking with experts with differing views on how the United States should handle the foreign policy challenges it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election …

An Afghan National Army officer holds the black, red, and green Afghan flag during a training exercise in Kabul in October 2015.

January 10, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Elizabeth Warren Endorses the USMCA

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Elizabeth Warren says she will vote for NAFTA’s replacement, the candidates tout Congress’s war po…

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to a crowd in Davenport, Iowa, on January 5. Daniel Acker/Reuters

December 13, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The National Defense Authorization Act

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the National Defense Authorization Act, Latin America, and climate change.

F/A-18F Super Hornets launch from the USS Enterprise in the Red Sea.

October 11, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Syrian Kurds, the NBA, and LGBTQ Rights

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

People flee Turkish air strikes in Ras al Ain along the northern Syrian border.