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December 28, 2021

2021 in Review
Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, here are ten influential U.S. foreign policy figures who passed away this year. 

American flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff as the sun sets behind the U.S. Capitol Building.

December 22, 2021

Democracy
A New Year’s Resolution on Democracy Promotion

After the Trump administration's four years of abandoning and undermining the legacy of U.S. commitment to democracy, U.S. President Joe Biden is seeking to steer the country—and the world—down a dif…

U.S. President Joe Biden convenes a virtual summit with leaders from democratic nations at the State Department's Summit for Democracy, at the White House, in Washington, U.S. December 9, 2021.

December 20, 2021

U.S. Department of Defense
Happy 2nd Birthday to the U.S. Space Force!

The newest branch of the U.S. military marks its second year of service. 

U.S. Space Force Guardians salute Brigadier General Shawn N. Bratton in front of a large U.S. flag.

December 22, 2021

Global
Five Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2022

As 2021 comes to a close, here are five foreign policy news stories to follow in the coming year.

Summit

December 15, 2021

United States
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, here are the top ten most notable world events of the past year.

Climate protest

December 9, 2021

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2022

Numerous countries will hold elections in 2022. Here are ten to watch. 

Voting

December 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Nothing is Impossible: America's Reconciliation With Vietnam” by Ted Osius

A new memoir from Ambassador Ted Osius marks an important contribution to understanding the history of U.S.-Vietnam relations.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, speaks during a news conference in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 2, 2017.

November 17, 2021

China
Takeaway From the Biden-Xi Meeting: Jaw Jawing as Success

Little of substance was expected of the Monday night meeting, but Biden said the two sides had to establish “guardrails” to prevent a clash, while Xi said he was glad to see his “old friend.”

Biden meets with Xi over the screen in the conference room

October 25, 2021

Global Governance
The G20 Was Made for Moments Like This

The planet is on fire, the pandemic smolders on, and the global recovery is faltering. The G20 was created for just such challenges, and the Rome summit offers it a chance to rise to the occasion. 

People stand in front of the G20 media center at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome, Italy, which will host the G20 summit from October 30-31 on October 22, 2021.

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