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May 6, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: U.S. Supreme Court Will Likely Overturn Roe v. Wade

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 30 to May 6.

Demonstrators gather during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3, 2022, after the leak of a draft majority opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision.

May 5, 2022

Economics
C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Martin Wolf

Martin Wolf discusses the global economy, the repercussions of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Eco…

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May 10, 2022

Globalization
The Dangerous New Anti-Globalization Consensus

Soaring inflation is just one reason for Washington to keep global disintegration in check.

Demonstrators march during a protest for more state support, against inflation and the lack of jobs, in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 13, 2022. The sign reads "Inflation is pushing wages down by up to 20%" and "Food prices drive inflation."

April 28, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa Must Be Wary of Cutting Its Nose to Spite Its Face

Invoking historical rough justice and persistent infantilization by the West, African countries have, to widespread astonishment, refused to give a full-throated backing to Western sanctions against Russia. Seventeen of the thirty-five abstainers from the United Nations General Assembly vote on March 2, 2022, to condemn the Russian “aggression against Ukraine” were African. More troublingly, even more African countries abstained from voting on the UN April 7, 2022, resolution to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” in Ukraine. The latter list included South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria, which hitherto had joined 140 other UN members to condemn the Russian invasion.

Kenyan Ambassador to the United nations sits in front of his microphone.

April 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

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

Resolute desk

March 30, 2022

Ukraine
Understanding Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Thomas Graham, distinguished fellow at CFR, and Oxana Shevel, associate professor of political science at Tufts University, discuss what is happening in Ukraine, the religious component to this confl…

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March 22, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine May Drive a Wedge Between the West and Africa

The apparent reluctance of many African countries to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caught many Western governments, diplomatic experts, and observers of Africa’s international relations by surprise. Although twenty-eight African countries voted in favor of the March 2, 2022, UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” notably, seventeen African nations abstained while no votes were recorded from another eight. Unsurprisingly, Eritrea, whose leader Isaias Afwerki enjoys a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and who has long staked out an anti-Western diplomatic stance, joined Belarus, North Korea, Russia, and Syria in voting against the resolution. In total, 141 (out of 194) UN member states endorsed the resolution.

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March 15, 2022

Global Governance
World Economic Update: Inflation, Sanctions, and the Russia-Ukraine War

Panelists discuss the economic consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the use of sanctions by the United States and other countries, and the rates of inflation around the world. The Worl…

Play A woman walks past a destroyed tank in a street damaged during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the separatist-controlled town of Volnovakha in the Donetsk region, Ukraine March 15, 2022.

March 14, 2022

Europe
A Conversation With Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald

Please join Mary Lou McDonald, President of the Irish political party Sinn Féin, for a discussion on resolving the past and continuing repercussions of Brexit, cross-border relations and reconciliati…

Play Sinn Fein election posters and billboards on view along the nationalist Falls road on March 1, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

March 9, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo
Reflections: Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on the Dilemmas Diplomats Face

Former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold reflects on his time as U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other diplomatic roles he has held throughout his career.

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