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October 26, 2018

Oceans and Seas
The Fate of the Ocean: Our Ocean Conference

With much of the world’s attention fixated on climate change, the Our Ocean conference is a great opportunity to address the health of the oceans and garner commitments to save it from the scourges o…

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September 26, 2018

Saudi Arabia
A Conversation With Adel al-Jubeir

COLEMAN: Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations. I’m Isobel Coleman and it is my great pleasure to be here this afternoon with the minister of foreign affairs from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H…

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June 6, 2017

Oceans and Seas
Trump’s Climate Pull-Out Imperils the World’s Oceans

Among its many casualties, the U.S. defection from the Paris Climate Agreement endangers the world’s oceans. This week more than 5,000 participants are gathered at United Nations headquarters in New …

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June 1, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump’s Catastrophic Climate Decision Imperils the Planet—and Hastens American Decline

In withdrawing the United States from the historic 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, President Donald J. Trump fulfilled one of his most prominent campaign pledges. But far from making America “great aga…

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May 12, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Moored to Memory: The Problem of the Past in U.S.-Australia Relations

Now that the reverie aboard the USS Intrepid has receded into memory, it is time to ask just what, precisely, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull achieved on his recent visit to New York and m…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull deliver brief remarks to reporters as they meet ahead of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, U.S. May 4, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

July 12, 2016

Philippines
Preserving a Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea

A UN tribunal’s ruling upholds the need for a rules-based order that counters China’s efforts to turn the South China Sea region into a sphere of influence, says expert Andrew Erickson.

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December 15, 2016

United States
Rising Sea Levels and the Threat to U.S. Coastal Areas

As sea levels rise around the world, experts discuss the adaptation policies for U.S. coastal cities and the budgetary and national security implications of rising sea levels on U.S. coastal communit…

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September 6, 2016

China
China’s Summer of Discontent

I was struck by a recent headline in the South China Morning Post heralding Xi Jinping’s political gains at home from his diplomacy abroad. If the assessment is correct, it would suggest that a serie…

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