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December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

December 2, 2020

Cybersecurity
President Trump’s Legacy on Cyberspace Policy

President Trump’s legacy on cyberspace policy has been consequential but not transformative, an unsurprising outcome for a one-term president.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters.

November 30, 2020

Transition 2021
Biden’s Environmental Agenda Must Go Beyond Climate Change

The cost of humanity’s assault on the planet is astronomical. Biden has a golden opportunity to help the world change its disastrous trajectory by elevating biodiversity conservation in U.S. foreign …

A Blue Jeans Dart Frog is seen at La Selva biological station in Sarapiqui, in this January 12, 2006 file picture.

November 23, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Do Germans Believe America Is Back?

President-Elect Joe Biden has his work cut out for himself in his effort to restore allies’ trust in U.S. foreign policy.

Joe Biden walks beside Angela Merkel in front of U.S. and German flags.

November 23, 2020

Transition 2021
How Biden Can Prove That ‘America Is Back’ at the United Nations

Biden should reinvigorate American leadership within the United Nations and invest more energy and resources into multilateral diplomacy. 

The seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York on September 29, 2015.

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 18, 2020

Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q3 2020

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between July and September 2020.

Cyber Operations Tracker

November 16, 2020

Human Rights
Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy

The United States can only promote human rights abroad if it begins from a position of humility, acknowledging that the struggle to make America a more perfect union is ongoing.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea on June 30, 2019.

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."

November 13, 2020

North Korea
Why North Korean Provocations Toward a Biden Administration Will Fail

A return to provocations as North Korea’s primary mechanism for drawing international attention would signal weakness, not the intended message of strength.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the 18th Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 30, 2020.