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January 15, 2021

United States
A Unique Military Force: The U.S. National Guard

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. In some instances, how leaders have used the Guard has generated controversy, particu…

Members of the Connecticut National Guard survey flooded areas in Florida from a helicopter as part of the response to Hurricane Irma.

January 12, 2021

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Authoritarianism, Social Media, the United States, and Africa

Twitter and other social media platforms have suspended or restricted President Donald J. Trump's access, mostly because of his and his followers’ use of them to incite violence, though their stated, precise reasons vary from one to another.

A photo illustration shows the suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump on a smartphone at the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C. on January 8, 2021.

January 12, 2021

State and Local Governments
How COVID-19 Is Harming State and City Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is placing enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, threatening deep and potentially lasting cuts to education, infrastructure, and other important investment…

Four people wait in line at an unemployment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

January 7, 2021

Mexico
Discussion of Whitney Museum Exhibition: Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art

The Council on Foreign Relations and the Whitney Museum of American Art invite you to join our panelists for a discussion of Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, currently on view a…

Play People look at art at the press preview of "Vida Americana: Mexican muralists remake American art, 1925-1945", that brings together 200 works by 60 American and Mexican artists at the Whitney Museum, in New York on Febuary 11, 2020.

January 6, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021 Series: The First 100 Days and Beyond

Richard Haass and David Rubenstein discuss the most pressing foreign policy challenges to greet the Biden administration, including U.S.-China relations, cybersecurity, climate change, nuclear prolif…

Play Trump supporters stand on the U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, as the Congress works to certify the electoral college votes.

January 5, 2021

News Release
The Council on Foreign Relations Marks Its One Hundredth Anniversary

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the country’s most prestigious organization devoted to international relations and foreign policy, marks its one hundredth anniversary this year. Founded in 19…

December 30, 2020

Nigeria
What’s Behind the Recent Student Abductions in Nigeria?

Abductions of hundreds of students in northwestern Nigeria are the latest examples of a common tactic among criminal and jihadi groups, underscoring that Boko Haram is far from the government’s only …

December 30, 2020

Transition 2021
What’s Next for Foreign Aid Under Biden?

The Trump administration sought to reframe foreign aid around competition with China and Russia, but shrinking budgets and inconsistent policies undermined the effort. How will President-Elect Joe Bi…

December 22, 2020

Cybersecurity
No, the United States Does Not Spend Too Much on Cyber Offense

Contrary to arguments that the United States spends too much on cyber offense, more spending on offensive and defensive capabilities could be in the cards for the future.

SolarWinds Corp banner hangs at the New York Stock Exchange.

December 21, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
What Is the World Doing to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines?

Governments and researchers have been working with an extremely ambitious timetable to provide billions of people with immunity to the new coronavirus. Now, the first vaccines are being distributed, …

Physician Alister Martin receives one of the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 16, 2020.Craig F. Walker