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June 28, 2022

Technology and Innovation
Artificial Intelligence’s Environmental Costs and Promise

Artificial intelligence has been cited as a potential tool for combatting climate change. Technology companies, however, need to do more to prevent AI from becoming a source of environmental degradat…

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May 24, 2022

Taiwan
What Biden’s Big Shift on Taiwan Means

In moving away from strategic ambiguity, Biden made a long overdue adjustment to U.S. policy.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stand at two podiums, Biden on the left and Kishida on the right. They are facing an audience.

February 1, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Bahar Dutt: U.S.-India Climate Change Cooperation Needs a Revamp

India has made ambitious pledges to reduce its emissions. The United States can help it transition to green energy.

Bahar Dutt, Environmental Journalist and Author

January 27, 2022

India
Bahar Dutt: U.S.-India Climate Change Cooperation Needs a Revamp

India has made ambitious pledges to reduce its emissions. The United States can help it transition to green energy.

Bahar Dutt stands behind a TV camera as it snows.

January 10, 2019

Ethiopia
David Pilling's African Year in Review

He recalls the popular challenge now underway against Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan; the deaths of Kofi Annan, the first African secretary General of UN, and Winnie Mandela, a flawed leader of the South African liberation movement; the highly positive emergence of the reform-minded Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister; and the international attention to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with rape victims.

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September 20, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: U.S. Sanctions Threat Attempts to Change the Equation

Last week, the Biden administration rolled out a new executive order authorizing targeted financial sanctions on those found to be responsible for, or complicit in, exacerbating the conflict in and around the Tigray region or Ethiopia, hindering humanitarian assistance in region, or undermining Ethiopia’s democracy or territorial integrity. In its announcement, the White House was explicit in putting all of the parties to the conflict on notice, underscoring that the sanctions could apply to those in the Ethiopian government, the Eritrean government, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and the Amhara region’s government and forces.

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November 15, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Takes On Gender Equality and Climate Change

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 November 6 to November 12.

COP26 President Alok Sharma gestures as he receives applause during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

September 13, 2021

China
Why Letting Taiwan Change the Name of Its Office in the United States Is a Mistake

The Biden administration should resist calls to rename Taiwan's office in the United States.

White House exterior is seen through trees on a sunny day.

May 25, 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

October 15, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Changing Style of African Coups

As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.

A picture of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, the country's largest city.