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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 19, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Awaits Biden on Capitol Hill?

Algene T. Sajery, founder and chief executive officer of Catalyst Global Strategies, and Christopher M. Tuttle, managing director at the Council, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what challe…

Podcast The U.S Capitol Building is prepared for the inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as American flags are placed in the ground on the National Mall on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. The approximately 191,500 U.S. flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the inauguration.

January 22, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: January 22, 2021

Russian company props up Parler; Malwarebytes hacked by same threat actor accused of hacking SolarWinds; Bolsonaro retracts opposition to Huawei 5G; Biden orders assessment of Russian hacking; and CI…

U.S. President Joe Biden signs an executive order.

January 22, 2021

Venezuela
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: Economic, Political, and Humanitarian Catastrophe in Venezuela

Paul J. Angelo is a fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In this year’s Preventive Priorities Survey, experts ranked “accelerating economic collapse and political …

A demonstrator covered with a Venezuelan flag gestures in front of security forces during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 10, 2020.

January 22, 2021

Venezuela
Venezuela: The Rise and Fall of a Petrostate

Venezuela’s descent into economic and political chaos in recent years is a cautionary tale of the dangerous influence that resource wealth can have on developing countries.

A silhouetted person stands in the foreground with industrial structures, including a tower with smoke and fire coming out of it, in the background. The photo appears to have been taken at either dusk or dawn.

January 21, 2021

Transition 2021
Biden’s First Foreign Policy Move: Reentering International Agreements

Biden has moved to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization. They likely won’t be the last international agreements and institutions that the United States reenters.

January 22, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
What to Know About the Global COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout So Far

Several countries stand out for their success in delivering coronavirus vaccinations, while most of the world is struggling to figure out how to get immunizations into more arms.

January 20, 2021

Cybersecurity
2020: Cybercrime’s Perfect Storm

A rare combination of circumstances led to a perfect storm for cybercrime in 2020.

A healthcare worker sits on the curb as he uses a vaping device while taking a break outside Maimonides Medical Center.

January 19, 2021

China
China’s Repression of Uighurs in Xinjiang

More than a million Muslims have been arbitrarily detained in China’s Xinjiang region. The reeducation camps are just one part of the government’s crackdown on Uighurs.  

An ethnic Uyghur shopkeeper works next to a Chinese flag at his shop on June 29, 2017 in the old town of Kashgar, in the far western Xinjiang province, China.

January 19, 2021

North Korea
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: A North Korea Crisis

Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. As we turn the calendar on 2020 and embark on 2021, the inc…

A general view of Panmunjom is seen ahead of a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Panmunjon declaration between North and South Korean leaders, on April 27, 2019.