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February 22, 2021

United States
Biden’s Foreign Policy for the Middle Class Takes Shape

Biden's first major foreign policy address drew the curtain on the disastrous Trump era, emphasizing the nation’s strength at home determines its success abroad—and vice versa.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., on February 5, 2021.

February 22, 2021

Climate Change
The World Is Woefully Unprepared for Climate-Driven Natural Disasters

Disaster preparedness is hard, expensive, time-consuming, and often thankless work. Failure to invest in it can be catastrophic, however.

A man carries a child through a waterlogged road after heavy rainfall in Mumbai, India on September 23, 2020.

February 1, 2021

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

Now more than ever, democracy’s champions need to hang together. The Biden administration should approach its proposed Summit for Democracy in the spirit of humility rather than hubris.

National 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 7, 2020

United Nations
How Biden Can Prove That ‘America Is Back’ at the United Nations

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.

November 23, 2020

Human Rights
Making America Decent Again: 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 reaches his hand out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while sitting down in front of several United States and North Korean flags at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas,

November 30, 2020

Transition 2021
Rejoining the Paris Agreement Is the Easy Part for Biden on Climate Change

Biden’s election victory is a huge win for all who care about the living planet. The hard part will be delivering on his ambitious agenda.

Young activists with masks on gesture with their hands while holding signs while taking part in a climate change demonstration during a global day of action on climate change near Cape Town, South Africa on September 25, 2020.

November 2, 2020

Election 2020
What a Biden Win Would Mean for the Future of Multilateralism

A Biden triumph would repudiate the “America First” platform, but can it overcome the lasting damage Trump has done to America’s standing and credibility?

A zoomed in photo of Joe Biden's face, adjusting his mask with his left hand, as he stares into the distance.

November 26, 2019

Elections and Voting
Deval Patrick

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

Deval Patrick

August 10, 2020

Human Rights
U.S. Effort to ‘Nationalize’ Human Rights Undermines Them at Home and Abroad

The draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights provides a gift to despotic regimes and reveals the Trump administration’s hypocritical human rights policy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits on stage in front of a large State Department logo before giving remarks on the draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.

August 10, 2020

Climate Change
The Case for Ecological Realism

The global environmental crisis has exposed the limitations of traditional political realism. It is time to embrace ecological realism. 

A child holds a sign that says "Children need future" at a climate change protest in Thailand.