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November 13, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: When Presidents Don’t Concede

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Trump puts the transition process in limbo and Biden begins building his team. 

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium with the words "Office of the President Elect."

January 14, 2021

Transition 2021
Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations

By now you no doubt have heard that President Donald Trump will skip President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday. Given Trump’s role in inciting last week’s mob attack on the Capitol Buil…

Capitol

May 18, 2021

Global Governance
When Assessing Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering, Don’t Assume the Future Will Look Like the Past

Attempting to shut down discussion of the potential weaponization of geoengineering is unwise. We can only see a short way into the future.

Three trees tightly packed together with ominous dark rain clouds are lit by the setting sun near the village of Chernogorovo, Bulgaria on July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

February 24, 2020

South Korea
Don't Gut the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The OPCON transition plan should be put on the back burner or, better yet, scrapped altogether.

Members of South Korean and U.S. Special Forces enter a CH-47 Chinook during a joint military exercise conducted in Gangwon province, South Korea, on November 7, 2019.

November 30, 2021

Religion
COVID-19 Vaccines and Religious Exemptions

John Fea, professor of American history at Messiah University, and Michelle Mello, professor of law and medicine at Stanford University, discuss the history and legality of religious exemptions to va…

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June 3, 2020

China
China Standards 2035 and the Plan for World Domination—Don’t Believe China’s Hype

Although U.S. officials have grown increasingly concerned about China's participation in technical standards bodies and its forthcoming plan, China Standards 2035, it is important to distinguish post…

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East

The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.

Demonstrators carry a national flag during an anti-government rally in Algiers, Algeria January 3, 2020.

December 7, 2018

Syria
Discussion of "82 Names: Syria, Please Don't Forget Us"

CFR hosts a screening of 82 Names: Syria, Please Don't Forget Us, a documentary film co-produced with the United Sates Holocaust Memorial Museum and Maziar Bahari, that traces the journey of Mansour …

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April 5, 2019

Americas
Venezuelan Remittances Don’t Just Save Lives

Sadly, they also help keep the country’s repressive regime in power.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds up a mock 100-bolivar bill depicting the president of the National Assembly Henry Ramos Allup, during a pro-government rally in Caracas, Venezuela December 17, 2016.

November 18, 2021

State and Local Governments (U.S.)
State and Local Officials Webinar on Artificial Intelligence: Uses and Regulation By Local Government

Michael C. Horowtiz, senior fellow for defense technology and innovation at CFR, and Lauren Kahn, research fellow at CFR, discuss local government’s use and regulation of artificial intelligence and …

Play DOCUMENT DATE: September 14, 2021 A surveillance camera is seen outside the United States Capitol rotunda ahead of the Justice for J6" rally in Washington, U.S.