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September 17, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trade Versus Subs: The Risky U.S. Tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific

Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world's largest economies ever-closer toward China?  

U.S Secretary of State Blinken and U.S Defense Secretary Austin, host Australian counterparts at US State Department

August 24, 2021

China
How Will China Deal With the Taliban?

China could become a crucial supporter of Taliban-led Afghanistan, building Beijing’s influence in South and Central Asia as long as the regime in Kabul does not export extremism.

April 22, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Undergoes Review, Biden Addresses Congress, and More

A U.S. advisory panel considers whether to lift the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, U.S. President Joe Biden addresses Congress, and international films are judged for the ninety-third Academ…

Podcast A healthcare worker prepares a syringe with a dose of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine at the Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand April 21, 2021.

August 6, 2021

China
Is China Gaming the System or Playing the Game?

For many, a quick glance at the Olympics medals table reinforces the idea of China as a threat—a country pursuing victory at any cost.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Beach Volleyball - Women - Pool B - USA (April/Alix) v China (Xue/Wang X X) - Shiokaze Park, Tokyo, Japan - July 25, 2021. Alix Klineman of the United States with Xue Chen of China in action.

June 15, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Biden and Johnson’s ‘New Atlantic Charter’ Has Big Shoes to Fill

The New Atlantic Charter seeks to rally the West at a time of global crisis. Whether it has a similar, enduring influence is likely to depend more on domestic U.S. political developments than on glob…

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden smile at each other while sitting in front of their respective flags during their meeting, ahead of the G7 summit, at Carbis Bay, Cornwall in Britain on June 10, 2021.

September 9, 2021

State and Local Governments (U.S.)
Vaccines and Variants with Dr. Leana Wen

Leana Wen, emergency health physician and former health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, Maryland, discusses how state and local governments can prepare for and respond to COVID-19 variants an…

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January 12, 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…

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September 8, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has become a prolonged epidemic, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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."

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