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January 11, 2021

United States
What Are Biden’s Actual Prospects for Reviving Transatlantic Relations?

Washington will need to work toward a more equal strategic partnership with Europe, rather than continue to assume U.S. leadership.

Then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the fifty-first Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on February 7, 2015.

January 19, 2021

Democracy
After the Capitol Riot, Biden’s Summit for Democracy Is More Needed Than Ever

The Biden administration should still host its proposed Summit for Democracy provided it approaches it in the spirit of humility rather than hubris.

ational Guard members stand guard outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2021.

December 23, 2020

Global Governance
Up in the Air: Ten Global Summits That Will Test Joe Biden in 2021

Ten major summits in 2021 will help determine the future of international security, freedom, prosperity, development, health, and indeed of the planet itself.

Two men with surgical masks on stand in front of a large screen showing a virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020, which was hosted in Malaysia on November 20, 2020.

December 21, 2020

Energy and Climate Policy
It’s Time for a New Concept of Development Adapted to the Anthropocene

Our economic models have failed to adjust to dire ecological realities, placing humans and the planet on a collision course.

Sun shines through steam rising from chimneys of a power plant in Moscow, Russia on November 13, 2019.

December 14, 2020

Space
Biden Will Have to Confront a New and Perhaps More Dangerous Space Race

The cooperative vision of space is under stress. Biden should commit the United States to forge new norms and rules of collective security to manage the shared risks and advance the common purposes o…

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover vehicle lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida on July 30, 2020.

December 7, 2020

Development
COVID-19 Poses the Greatest Challenge Yet to the U.N. Humanitarian System

COVID-19 is a global menace, but its impact falls heaviest on the most vulnerable. The world needs to close the yawning gap between urgent humanitarian needs and funds available to meet them.

Medical staff treat a patient inside the emergency ward of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Bhagalpur, Bihar in India on July 27, 2020.

November 30, 2020

Transition 2021
Biden’s Environmental Agenda Must Go Beyond Climate Change

The cost of humanity’s assault on the planet is astronomical. Biden has a golden opportunity to help the world change its disastrous trajectory by elevating biodiversity conservation in U.S. foreign …

A Blue Jeans Dart Frog is seen at La Selva biological station in Sarapiqui, in this January 12, 2006 file picture.

November 23, 2020

Transition 2021
How Biden can Reinvigorate American Leadership Within the UN

Biden should reinvigorate American leadership within the United Nations and invest more energy and resources into multilateral diplomacy. 

The seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York on September 29, 2015.

January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

November 16, 2020

Human Rights
Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy

The United States can only promote human rights abroad if it begins from a position of humility, acknowledging that the struggle to make America a more perfect union is ongoing.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea on June 30, 2019.