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September 17, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Withdraws 450 Peacekeepers from the Central African Republic

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers September 11 to September 17.

UN peacekeepers patrol a street in Bangui during the 2015 presidential election in the Central African Republic.

September 17, 2021

European Union
Merkel’s Legacy and the Future of Germany

With Chancellor Angela Merkel stepping down after sixteen years in office, the leadership of Germany, and the EU, is wide open. What is Merkel’s legacy, and what comes next?

September 17, 2021

Europe
The Atlantic Alliance After Afghanistan

The transatlantic alliance is enjoying a period of restoration following the damage done by former U.S. President Donald Trump. But as the West’s messy exit from Afghanistan has made clear, the Unite…

President Macron leans over and points at President Biden at the NATO Summit in Brussels

September 17, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trade Versus Subs: The Risky U.S. Tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific

Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world's largest economies ever-closer toward China?  

U.S Secretary of State Blinken and U.S Defense Secretary Austin, host Australian counterparts at US State Department

September 16, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar Is Collapsing, and Threatens Its Entire Neighborhood

Myanmar's collapse poses a threat to countries across the region.

Man holds burning blue, red, and yellow flag, in the midst of protests in Myanmar

September 16, 2021

Myanmar
Myanmar Is a Failing State—and Could Be a Danger to Its Neighbors

Since the Myanmar military seized power in February, it has overseen economic collapse, mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic, murdered hundreds of people, and set the stage for the state to fail.

September 16, 2021

United Nations
Biden’s Tricky UN Message to a Troubled World

Biden faces a dual challenge at the UN General Assembly. He must convince the world that the U.S. is committed to multilateralism while persuading the American public that the UN can be an indispensa…

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures with both hands as he delivers a foreign policy address with an American flag in the background as Vice President Kamala Harris listens during a visit to the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2021.

September 16, 2021

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Podcast Takeover: Nuclear Security, From The President’s Inbox

Why It Matters is pleased to present an episode from its sister podcast, The President’s Inbox. Today, U.S. national security is dependent on international nuclear agreements. How does the world regu…

Podcast Nuclear missile gets launched into the sky, creating smoke

September 15, 2021

Afghanistan
The Taliban in Afghanistan

The Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan twenty years after their ouster by U.S. troops, sparking concerns that they will impose harsh rule, neglect to provide basic services, and abuse huma…

A Taliban fighter holds a gun and walks past a beauty salon with images of women painted over.

September 13, 2021

9/11
Town Hall: Reflections on 9/11 and Its Legacy

A town hall discussion featuring CFR board members who served in various capacities in the George W. Bush administration. Speakers reflect on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the impact on U.S. foreign…

Play A visitor traces the date etched in a marble slab on the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial before the 15th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, September 11, 2016 in Shanksville, PA. United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field outside Shanksville, PA with 40 passengers and 4 hijackers aboard on September 11, 2001.