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September 21, 2021

United Nations General Assembly
Biden’s Forceful UN Address: Let’s Get to Work

U.S. President Joe Biden made his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. His message, both to his domestic and foreign audiences, was clear: The United States is…

U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021.

September 20, 2021

Southeast Asia
Could the AUKUS Deal Strengthen Deterrence Against China—And Yet Come at a Real Cost to Australia?

AUKUS represents the death knell for strategic ambiguity in Australian foreign policy.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, dressed in a suit and purple tie, speaks into a microphone.

September 16, 2021

United Nations
Biden’s Tricky UN Message to a Troubled World

Biden faces a dual challenge at the UN General Assembly. He must convince the world that the U.S. is committed to multilateralism while persuading the American public that the UN can be an indispensa…

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures with both hands as he delivers a foreign policy address with an American flag in the background as Vice President Kamala Harris listens during a visit to the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2021.

September 14, 2021

United States
More Resources Worth Exploring About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 this past Saturday, we share resources that readers flagged for us or that we otherwise missed about that day and its consequences


September 13, 2021

An Alluring but Costly Distraction

After 9/11, the United States' foreign policy and security apparatuses adopted a new threat perception, one focused on failed and fragile states. The result: two decades of costly distractions.

U.S. soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walk on a hill after finishing with a training exercise near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 30, 2014.

August 30, 2021

Global Governance
Even in an Increasingly Interconnected World, National Interests Remain Supreme

Finding themselves in an evermore interdependent global reality, countries have increasingly espoused their devotion to common goals and values. Their actions, however, speak louder than their words…

U.S. President Joe Biden salutes during the dignified transfer of the remains of U.S. Military service members who were killed by a suicide bombing at the Hamid Karzai International Airport. All those present are wearing masks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 23, 2021

Global Governance
Climate Change Is Putting the SDGs Further Out of Reach

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly hindered many countries' efforts to advance sustainable development. Unabated climate change, however, poses an even greater threat.

WaterAid and Sand In Your Eye giant sand portrait is seen on Whitby Beach, Britain March 15, 2021. The 60m wide drawing by artist Jamie Wardley shows a child carrying water on dry, cracked ground next to the rising tide, to highlight the impact climate change is having on people's access to water. WaterAid have released a new report 'Turn the Tide: The State of The World's Water 2021' by Nadiya Hussain. Picture taken with a drone on March 15, 2021.

August 17, 2021

Climate Change
The Long-Awaited Climate Emergency Is Now

The most sobering message in the IPCC report is that we are on a course to transform the planet profoundly, even if we alter our ways.

In the dark of night, a firefighter battles a brush fire in the foreground while the night sky is light up with the glow of a larger fire off in the distance on a ranch in the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland, in Pocone, Mato Grosso state in Brazil on August 26, 2020.

August 9, 2021

Global Governance
The UN Refugee Convention Is Under Pressure—and Showing Its Age

Uneven national compliance, large-scale human displacement, and climate migration threaten the UN Refugee Convention. It needs to be updated or at least supplemented.

Refugees wash clothes on the Ethiopian bank of a river that separates Sudan from Ethiopia near the Hamdeyat refugees transit camp on November 30, 2020.

July 29, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations

Looking for something to read or watch? Here is a list of all the books and films recommended on The Water’s Edge.