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October 1, 2019

United States
The U.S.-Australia Relationship, With Charles Edel and John Lee

Charles Edel and John Lee, senior fellows at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the state of the U.S.-Australia alliance. Edel and Lee …

Podcast U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

October 18, 2019

United States
Trump Kills the G7's Legitimacy

Questions of legitimacy have long plagued the G7. The Trump administration's announcement of the Trump National Doral resort as the venue for next year's summit marks a new low.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to a news conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.

December 3, 2019

Syria
There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds

The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holds a Kurdistan flag during a deployment in the area near the northern Iraqi border with Syria

September 20, 2019

Global Governance
Five Centuries after Magellan, Globalization Needs to Grow Up—and Fast

On this anniversary of Magellan's first expedition to circumnavigate the globe, we should reflect on the trajectory globalization has taken—and adopt a more cosmopolitan approach to life on our shrin…

17th Century Map

October 7, 2019

Global Governance
Remembering the Washington Conference That Brought the World Standard Time

The 1884 International Meridian Conference gave the world standard time and constituted a seminal moment in the history of globalization. 

A line marks the 'Prime Meridian of the World' at Longitude 0 degrees at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

September 30, 2019

Energy and Environment
As Negotiations Stumble, the Rationale for a Global Environmental Pact Grows

Negotiations on a Global Pact for the Environment are poised to produce a nonbinding political declaration. Ecological catastrophes, meanwhile, continue to unfold across the planet. 

Activists participate in a march calling for action on climate change.

October 3, 2019

Food and Water Security
Down the Hunger Spiral: Pathways to the Disintegration of the Global Food System

For a precarious global agricultural system with powerful feedback loops, business as usual means widespread hunger and embedded systemic risk.

A drought-stricken field in Drenje, Croatia.

November 6, 2019

Economics
C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Charles Evans

Charles Evans discusses the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's role in the U.S. economy and policies for economic growth.   The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics brings the worl…

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September 24, 2019

Donald Trump
Patriot Games: President Trump Again Puts the “Nation” in United Nations

Though Trump’s tone was solemn and even-keeled, the overall thrust of his UN General Assembly speech was of transactional nationalism, emphasizing the importance of pursuing national interests and co…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, NY on September 24, 2019.

September 23, 2019

Global Governance
Trump Is the Odd Man Out at the U.N.

Trump’s third annual address to the UN General Assembly will be a performance to suffer through. His America First worldview rejects the very purposes and priorities of the United Nations. 

U.S. President Donald J. Trump addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018.