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June 14, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Where Is the G7 Headed?

The Group of Seven (G7) serves as a forum to coordinate global policy, but experts are increasingly questioning the group’s relevance.

G7 leaders pose for a group photo at the June 2021 summit in Cornwall, England.

May 4, 2021

United States
The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Modern vice presidents can trace much of their political influence to the broad reforms that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale made to the second-highest elected office in the late 1970s.

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June 23, 2021

China
The Chinese Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party faces a host of domestic and international challenges as it aims to bolster China’s great-power status.

Xi Jinping stands before delegates at the closing session of the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

April 29, 2021

Climate Change
Global Climate Agreements: Successes and Failures

International efforts, such as the Paris Agreement, aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But experts say countries aren’t doing enough to limit dangerous global warming.

Muddy waters nearly submerge lines of cars during a flood in Colorado, United States.

April 1, 2009

South Korea
Japan’s Relationship with South Korea

This publication is now archived. How are relations between Japan and South Korea?They worsened in mid-October after Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the Yasukuni Shrine, a memorial …

October 17, 2006

Japan
Japan’s New Leader Faces Old Problems with China and South Korea

The new prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, faces the difficult task of mending frayed relations with China and South Korea. Experts say that Abe has made initial progress, but the North Korea nucle…

April 14, 2006

China
The Promise and Pitfalls of China’s ‘Peaceful Rise’

Chinese leaders face the dilemma of continuing their country’s staggering economic growth while spreading its benefits to the hundreds of millions of rural poor. Beijing hopes its "peaceful rise" pol…

June 3, 2021

COVID-19
Will the World Ever Solve the Mystery of COVID-19’s Origin?

It is crucial to learn the facts about how COVID-19 emerged to prevent future outbreaks. Yet China is rebuffing U.S.-led calls to launch new investigations focusing on Wuhan.

A technician wearing goggles and other protective gear holds up virus samples at a laboratory in Hengyang, China, in February 2020.

May 10, 2021

Taiwan
Why China-Taiwan Relations Are So Tense

Differences over Taiwan’s status have fueled rising tensions between the island and the mainland. Conflict over Taiwan also has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations.

Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan.

October 26, 2007

South Korea
South Korea’s Ties with China, Japan, and the U.S.: Defining a New Role in a Dangerous Neighborhood

South Korea, long a stalwart ally of the United States, is now seeking to define a new role for itself in Asia.