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September 22, 2021

France
Europe’s Response to the U.S.-UK-Australia Submarine Deal: What to Know

AUKUS, a deal for the United States and United Kingdom to provide Australia with submarines, has infuriated France at a time when transatlantic coordination to deal with China’s rise is crucial.

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 1, 2021

Intelligence
Spying 101

The glamour and thrill of espionage, brought to life on screen by characters such as James Bond, have long captivated imaginations. But this profession is deeply misunderstood, and it is always chang…

Podcast Eye of a person seen through darkness and shadows

August 24, 2021

Monetary Policy
Fed Excitement Mounts: Waiting for Jackson Hole

Higher inflation has sparked a fierce debate among economists and generated enormous interest in the Fed’s response, which has far-reaching implications for the U.S. and global economies.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before a U.S. Senate panel in July 2021.

August 4, 2021

United States
Renewing America: Fixing America’s Infrastructure

Panelists discuss major potential reforms to U.S. infrastructure, including new technological advances in transportation, traditional and digital infrastructure, universal broadband, smart cities, an…

Play An empty freeway intersection is seen two days before Earth Day, after Los Angeles’ stay-at-home order caused a drop in pollution, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Pasadena, California, U.S., April 20, 2020.

August 4, 2021

Infrastructure
The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, debate continues over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major …

Phase II construction on Metro’s Silver Line at Dulles International Airport continues.

July 30, 2021

Human Rights
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Human Rights

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about the fight for human rights.

Three movie posters in black frames: In the Name of the Father (man looks out from black background);Beasts of No Nation (a young boy with ammunition wrapped around his neck looks out); The Pianist (a man walks among the rubble of a city).

July 22, 2021

Education
Higher Education Webinar: Campus Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation

V.S. “Raghu” Raghavan, director of sustainability and associate director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College, discusses actions campuses can take toward greater s…

Play Students at a fair club on university campus.

July 15, 2021

Human Trafficking
The Case for Perpetrator Accountability to Combat Human Trafficking

Corporations have a responsibility to purge slavery from their supply chains, but only governments have the power to prosecute. Keeping criminals accountable is necessary to eliminate slavery and hum…

Cambodian police in front of Phnom Penh Municipal Courthouse

July 14, 2021

West Africa
French President Macron Expands on Sahel Drawdown Plan

French President Emmanuel Macron announced yesterday that Operation Barkhane, the French counterterrorism force fighting jihadis in the Sahel, will end in the first quarter of 2022. This follows a recent announcement that the French president plans to cut in half the French presence in the Sahel and reorganize what will remain as specialized regional forces, while also contributing to Task Force Takuba, the recently established EU force with a remit similar to that of Barkhane.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum sit at a table with their countries' flags behind them, along with an EU flag. Other leaders of G5 Sahel countries are seen on a screen in the background.