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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.

June 14, 2021

World Trade Organization (WTO)
What’s Next for the WTO?

President Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on China highlights concern about the ongoing role of the WTO and the future of global trade rules.

WTO Meeting, Geneva Switzerland

June 10, 2021

Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking is a National Security Threat

In the first-ever Council Special Report on human trafficking, Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelstein argue that trafficking is an urgent matter of national security, economic growth, and sustainable de…

A Nigerian human trafficking survivor in a classroom

June 7, 2021

Latin America
Central America’s Turbulent Northern Triangle

The U.S. government is responding to another wave of migrants fleeing poverty, violence, and other challenges in the Central American region.

A child sits outside her home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

May 28, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Criticizing the Pandemic

After a year and a half since we started living with COVID-19, we can draw some preliminary conclusions from the experience.

Healthcare professional organizing a tray of COVID-19 vaccine vials

May 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

May 19, 2021

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist terrorist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

May 19, 2021

North Korea
Biden’s Policy Review Leaves North Korea Challenge In Limbo

In a speech to a joint session of Congress marking his first hundred days in office last month, U.S. President Joe Biden described his North Korea policy as a combination of “diplomacy, as well as st…

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2021.

May 18, 2021

Health
What Does the CDC Do?

The federal agency has a broad mandate to protect Americans’ health and an expansive global reach. But the COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as one of its most daunting challenges.

The CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is reflected in the glass of a room where staff meet to discuss the Ebola crisis in October 2014.

May 12, 2021

Cuba
U.S.-Cuba Relations

Communist Cuba was a major foreign policy challenge for the United States during the Cold War. The bilateral relationship thawed considerably under President Obama, but the Trump administration reimp…

A man shows U.S. and Cuban flags at his house in Havana.