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May 13, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

March 28, 2012

Iran
Follow Rather than Fight the Private Sector on Tactical Stockpile Releases

Anticipation is heating up around another release of oil and petroleum products from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), likely in coordination with the United Kingdom, France, and possibly o…

Follow Rather than Fight the Private Sector on Tactical Stockpile Releases

March 12, 2012

Iran
From Tehran with Love

As the Iranian oil embargo begins to bite, the widespread assumption is that this should hurt Iran’s oil revenues and government budgets, hopefully inflicting enough economic pain to bring them to th…

From Tehran with Love

March 4, 2012

Iran
Revisiting High Oil Prices and the U.S. Economy

Given how oil is back in the media spotlight and as oil markets brace for the implementation of the Iranian oil embargo, it seems as good a time as any to revisit the question of high oil prices and …

Revisiting High Oil Prices and the U.S. Economy

April 1, 2011

Heads of State and Government
Reducing Oil Imports Won’t Help

This is a guest post from Daniel Ahn, a new adjunct fellow for energy at CFR. As you’ll see from the post, he and I don’t entirely agree on the President’s energy speech. It’s great to have a diversi…

February 24, 2021

Digital Policy
Canada Has Denounced Clearview AI; It’s Time for the United States to Follow Suit

The United States, with its history of police brutality, mass incarceration, and systemic racism, should take similar if not more drastic measures.

A security officer monitors surveillance cameras with geo-fencing and crowd monitoring capabilities.

February 5, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 5, 2021

SolarWinds software breached again in separate Chinese hack; Internet temporarily disabled in Myanmar after military coup; Ongoing protests around New Delhi result in internet and social media crackd…

NLD supporters clap outside Myanmar's embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

December 29, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2020

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2020 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a memorial service for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui at a chapel of Aletheia University in New Taipei City, Taiwan September 19, 2020.

December 23, 2020

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2021

Millions of people around the world voted in 2020. Taiwanese voters reelected Tsai Ing-wen as president. Burmese voters returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to power. Guineans protested before and after…

Myanmar voter

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.