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September 21, 2020

United Nations
10 Hard Realities About the UN on Its Troubled 75th Anniversary

Broad-brush critiques of the United Nations often gloss over the distinct institutional components of the UN system and the geopolitical realities it has to work in. 

A United Nations flag is laying on a chair in the corner of a boardroom, with the New York skyline in the window and reflected on the boardroom table in the Secretariat building during the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 25, 2013.

July 28, 2020

South Africa
Andrew Mlangeni, Mandela Ally and Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dies in South Africa

Andrew Mlangeni was the last living defendant of the 1963 Rivonia trial, which resulted in the sentencing of Andrew and ten others, among them, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and, most famously, Nelson Mandela.

Andrew Mlageni, an aged, bald man with glasses, sits at a dais. His name is on a lit-up placard in front of him, as is a thin microphone. He is speaking.

September 18, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: How Americans See the World

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats and Republicans see foreign policy very differently.

Mail-in ballots sit in a box before they are verified by election officials in 2016.

September 9, 2020

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $16 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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September 15, 2020

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.

September 14, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Cyber Side of Vaccine Nationalism

Vaccine nationalism has given rise to a new wave of cyber espionage targeting COVID-19 vaccine research.

A researcher works in a lab at the Duke-NUS Medical School.

September 14, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The UN at Seventy-Five: How to Make it Relevant Again

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of six leading global think tanks reflect on what reforms a…

UNSC members meet at UN headquarters

September 11, 2020

Afghanistan
What to Know About the Afghan Peace Negotiations

The Center for Preventive Action has compiled an accessible overview of the Afghan peace negotiations, including the U.S.-Taliban agreement, the U.S.-Afghan government joint declaration, and the ongo…

An Afghan man walks past a wall painted with a photo of U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 13, 2020.

September 10, 2020

Nigeria
MNC Investment in Nigeria’s Niger Delta: Building Smarter Strategies for Peace

There are rarely any “quick wins” for MNCs in fragile and conflict affected environments like the Niger Delta, Nigeria, but the long term benefits of investing with foresight and knowledge can contribute to local and regional economies.

A confluence of rivers runs through a landscape of trees and bushes. Spillage of oil is visible on the water and onto land.

September 10, 2020

China
How China Ramped Up Disinformation Efforts During the Pandemic

Beijing has increased its manipulation of information as well as disinformation efforts around COVID-19 to damage democracies and boost itself, but its strategies have had mixed results.