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May 21, 2020

Conflict Prevention
Military Confrontation in the South China Sea

The trade war, fallout from COVID-19, and increased military activity raise the risk of conflict between the U.S. and China in the South China Sea. Here’s how the U.S. can prevent or mitigate a clash.

A woman on a naval vessel looks at the sea through binoculars.

May 20, 2020

Americas
Brazil’s Vote on the Cuban Embargo at the UN: An Unrequited Gamble for U.S. Goodwill?

Brazil's historic move to break with the rest of Latin America on the U.S. embargo of Cuba appears to have yielded few results. 

Jair Bolsonaro

May 20, 2020

Global Governance
OECD Digital Tax Negotiations Thread the Sovereignty Needle

The OECD Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting shows how to balance the demands of national sovereignty with the realities of contemporary globalization.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks from a podium in Brussels, Belgium.

May 20, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
What Is the World Doing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The race to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus is well underway. Governments and researchers are aiming to provide billions of people with immunity in eighteen months or less, which would be unpr…

An engineer shows an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing.

May 15, 2020

Coronavirus
Comparing Coronavirus Lockdowns: The Federal-Local Divide

The United States is one of the few leading economies to delegate responsibility for coronavirus restrictions to state and local governments.

May 15, 2020

Economics
Corporate Virtual Meeting: Infrastructure and the U.S. Economic Recovery

In an attempt to create jobs and stimulate economic growth after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, President Donald J. Trump and Congressional Democrats have discussed a multitrillion-dollar infrastruc…

Play A construction worker, wearing a face covering, works on a job site amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

May 14, 2020

Religion
Religion and Foreign Policy Webinar: Religion and Climate Change

Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer, senior research scholar, and codirector of the Forum of Religion and Ecology at Yale University, discusses religion and climate change. Learn more about CFR's …

Play Religion and Climate Change

May 14, 2020

Coronavirus
The Elements Unfold: A Possible Bottom to Oil Prices

The process of going into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has been revealing, especially in regards to oil. There are many elements to the smooth operation of global oil logistics that are n…

Crude oil storage tanks are seen in an aerial photograph at the Cushing oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S. April 21, 2020.

May 11, 2020

Australia
COVID-19, and China, Further Drive a Wedge in the U.S.-Australia Relationship

This post is part of an Asia Unbound series of voices from Asia on the COVID-19 crisis, and on its implications for Asia and for Asian views of the United States. The post is authored by Daniel Flitt…

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, on February 28, 2020.

May 11, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The World Order After COVID-19 Hinges on What Kind of America Emerges

A renewed American internationalism is both desirable and possible, but it will only be sustainable if a change of national mindset accompanies it. 

2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with an American flag in the background in Des Moines, Iowa.