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July 20, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has become a prolonged epidemic, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

July 20, 2021

Democratic Republic of Congo
Political Uncertainty in DRC Highlights Need for Sustained Outside Attention

Back in 2019, the international community acquiesced to undemocratic dealmaking that preempted the will of Congolese voters and brought current President Felix Tshisekedi to power. President Tshisekedi, who has been extremely clear about his intention to seek a second term, has been more ambiguous about whether elections slated for December 2023 will occur on time.

Current President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila sit on plush orange seats while wearing suits in apparent conversation.

July 19, 2021

State and Local Governments (U.S.)
State and Local Officials Webinar: Foreign Policy on the Home Front

Nina L. Hachigian, deputy mayor for international affairs for the city of Los Angeles, and Charles A. Kupchan, senior fellow at CFR, will discuss the role domestic issues play in shaping U.S. foreign…

Play Chairs line the side of the road ahead of the 236th annual Military, Civic, and Firemen's Parade as part of 4th of July celebrations in Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.

July 16, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies Worth Watching About Love and War

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about romance amid conflict.

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: Casablanca (black and white, a man and a woman look at each other); A Farewell to Arms (a man and woman look worriedly off to the side); The English Patient (a man and woman look off to the side, a desert and airplane behind them).

July 14, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: "Awakening—#MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights"

Speakers discuss the new book, Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights. Since 2017, millions have joined the global movement known as #MeToo, catalyzing an unprecedented wave of wom…

Play Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration called by feminist movements in front of the city hall in Paris, on July 10, 2020, to denounce the nomination of French Interior Minister, facing rape accusations and French Justice Minister who criticised the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

July 14, 2021

United States
U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is on track to be the United States’ deadliest year for gun violence in two decades. How do other countries regulate firearms and respond to mass shootings?

A gun enthusiast looks at a rifle scope

July 14, 2021

Americas
The Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise: What to Know

The murder of Haiti’s embattled president stands to deepen the country’s political, economic, and humanitarian crisis.

July 13, 2021

China
The Origins of COVID-19: Implications for U.S.-China Relations

Panelists discuss the possible origins of COVID-19, including the growing concern that the virus leaked from the Wuhan Virology Lab rather than originating in nature, what the ramifications are for r…

Play A researcher works on virus replication in order to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus COVID-19, in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on March 26, 2020.

July 13, 2021

Cuba
U.S.-Cuba Relations

Communist Cuba has long been a major foreign policy challenge for the United States. The bilateral relationship thawed considerably under President Obama, but many restrictions were reimposed by the …

A man shows U.S. and Cuban flags at his house in Havana.

July 9, 2021

Space
Five Movies Worth Watching About UFOs

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about UFOs and aliens.

Movie posters in black frames. From left: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (a UFO shines a beams light onto a dark road); The Day the Earth Stood Still (a robot shoots a laser toward the U.S. Capitol Building as a woman screams); and District 9 (a sign in the foreground reads, "No Humans Allowed," as a spaceship hovers over a slum in the background).