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June 28, 2018

India
Five Questions With C. Christine Fair on India, Afghanistan, and Iran

The U.S. exit from the Iran deal will affect Afghanistan. To learn more about how, and what this means for U.S. national interests, I spoke with Georgetown University Professor C. Christine Fair, a s…

Afghan security forces keep watch at a check point close to a compound of Afghanistan's national intelligence agency in Kabul, Afghanistan. December 25, 2017. Omar Sobhani/Reuters

January 7, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
IMF Managing Director Lagarde’s Visit a Boost for President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari faces a serious economic crisis related to the plunge in the world price of oil, slow rates of economic growth, the prospect of rising American interest rates, a falling na…

Lagarde Nigeria

November 30, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

April 24, 2020

COVID-19
The States and Reopening Under COVID-19: Why We Need North American Cooperation

This post is coauthored by Laurie Trautman, the director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Edward Alden, …

Peace Arch Historical State Park

April 30, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Representation for Afghan Women

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 April 17 to April 30.

Women in Afghanistan vote in the presidential elections in Kabul.

June 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, Belt and Road Attracts Takers, But Skepticism is Rising

Since China’s Belt and Road Initiative was formally launched in 2013, Southeast Asia has been one of the major priorities of the infrastructure investment project. Beijing launched a new high-speed r…

Thailand train_12.17.2017

November 1, 2018

Brazil
Latin America’s Coming Family Feud

Fiery new populist presidents in Brazil and Mexico could turn an old rivalry toxic.

 Flag bearers carry the Mexican and Brazilian flags out onto the pitch prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

November 12, 2015

Europe and Eurasia
As Fed Pulls Back, the ECB and BoJ Add Trillions to Global Liquidity

All eyes and ears are on the Fed as it ponders its first rate increase in nine years.  IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde fears a rerun of the 2013 “taper tantrum,” or what we have been calli…

As Fed Pulls Back, the ECB and BoJ Add Trillions to Global Liquidity

December 13, 2011

China
Emerging Economies, Private Companies, and Global Economic Power

Source: UNCTAD World Investment Report 2011 In the wake of the 2008 economic crisis, economists, investors, and even politicians have pinned their hopes on the major emerging markets as the new engi…

Emerging Economies, Private Companies, and Global Economic Power

October 11, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Trump, the World Bank, and the IMF: Explaining the Dog that Didn’t Bark (Yet)

A big surprise of Donald Trump’s “America First” presidency has been the moderate tone he has adopted toward the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which hold their annual meetings in …

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Ivanka Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8, 2017.