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June 3, 2021

Elections and Voting
Mexico’s Midterms, Hong Kongers Remember Tiananmen, and More

Mexico holds pivotal midterm elections, Hong Kongers attempt to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and Peruvians vote in a divisive presidential runoff.

Podcast Indigenous Zapotec women, who are selected as polling station officers by the National Electoral Institute (INE), count ballots as authorities continue the distribution of voting materials ahead of the mid-term elections on June 6, in the rural village of San Bartolome Quialana, in Oaxaca state, Mexico May 31, 2021.

June 1, 2021

Belarus
The Diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978, With Stephen Sestanovich

Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich, CFR’s George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss Belarus’s decision to force a commercial airliner to …

Podcast Ukrainian activists hold up posters depicting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at a rally in Kyiv supporting the detained Belarusian journalist and blogger Roman Protasevich, May 28, 2021.

May 27, 2021

Belarus
Belarus’s Plane Diversion, Mali’s ‘Coup Within a Coup,’ and More

Belarus faces global condemnation after grounding an airplane to arrest a dissident journalist; West Africa braces for the fallout from Mali’s second coup in nine months; and the United States marks …

Podcast A woman walks in the central market of Bamako on May 27, 2021.

May 25, 2021

Taiwan
U.S. Policy on Taiwan, With Robert D. Blackwill

Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill, CFR’s Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy and a member of Harvard Kennedy School’s Applied History Project, sits down with James M. Lindsay to dis…

Podcast Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (2nd R) gestures to a US official (L) as US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (R) and director of the American of Institute in Taiwan, Brent Christensen (2nd L), look on during their visit to the Presidential Office in Taipei on August 10, 2020.

May 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

May 27, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

May 25, 2021

International Criminal Court
A Renewed Agenda to Advance US Interests with the International Criminal Court

Almost seven years following the inaugural Arguendo essays, little has changed to alter the three proposals set forth in my own essay of June 3, 2014, which I address shortly.  No doubt the relations…

May 19, 2021

North Korea
Biden’s Policy Review Leaves North Korea Challenge In Limbo

In a speech to a joint session of Congress marking his first hundred days in office last month, U.S. President Joe Biden described his North Korea policy as a combination of “diplomacy, as well as st…

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2021.

May 18, 2021

International Law
Renewing justice for atrocities

President Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide, inflicted over a century ago with an estimated 1.5 million deaths, acknowledges historical facts and rejects Turkey’s long campaign of denialis…

May 12, 2021

Cuba
U.S.-Cuba Relations

Communist Cuba was a major foreign policy challenge for the United States during the Cold War. The bilateral relationship thawed considerably under President Obama, but the Trump administration reimp…

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