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May 25, 2021

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture With Ajay Banga

Ajay Banga discusses sustainable economic recovery, the World Trade Organization and international standards for trade, and policies to promote financial inclusion and address the digital divide amon…

Play CEO Ajay Banga speaking

June 10, 2021

Space
U.S. Leadership in Space: A Conversation With General John Raymond

General John Raymond discusses the establishment of the U.S. Space Force, current and potential national security threats in outer space, and areas of cooperation between the United States and both f…

Play General John Raymond sitting at a table during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

September 23, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Quad Leaders Gather, Germany Holds Elections, and More

The first in-person summit of the Quad—Australia, India, Japan, and the United States—takes place; Germany’s general election is set to produce a successor to Angela Merkel; and Japan’s ruling party …

Podcast A billboard advertising for a jobs recruiting firm shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel and reads: "Thanks for 16 years of hard work" next to a smaller election poster for the German Greens Party ahead of federal parliamentary elections on September 19, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

December 11, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should a Retired General Be Secretary of Defense?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden’s nomination of General Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense raises question…

Retired General Lloyd Austin speaks at a podium as President-Elect Joe Biden sits behind him.

September 16, 2021

United Nations General Assembly
World Leaders Convene at UNGA, Canadians Vote, and More

The United Nations General Assembly holds its annual debate, Canadians vote in a close federal election, and U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a summit on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Podcast People in masks arrive behind the emblem of the United Nations at its headquarters, as the General Assembly appointed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a second five-year term from January 1, 2022, in New York City, New York, U.S., June 18, 2021.

September 21, 2021

United Nations General Assembly
Biden’s Forceful UN Address: Let’s Get to Work

U.S. President Joe Biden made his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. His message, both to his domestic and foreign audiences, was clear: The United States is…

U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021.

July 15, 2020

South Korea
Remembering General Paik Sun-yup

Without Paik’s herculean effort, South Korea as we know it today—a vibrant, capitalist, and liberal democracy—wouldn’t exist.

General Paik Sun-yup, 1950

September 16, 2021

United Nations
Biden’s Tricky UN Message to a Troubled World

Biden faces a dual challenge at the UN General Assembly. He must convince the world that the U.S. is committed to multilateralism while persuading the American public that the UN can be an indispensa…

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures with both hands as he delivers a foreign policy address with an American flag in the background as Vice President Kamala Harris listens during a visit to the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2021.

August 4, 2021

United States
Renewing America: Fixing America’s Infrastructure

Panelists discuss major potential reforms to U.S. infrastructure, including new technological advances in transportation, traditional and digital infrastructure, universal broadband, smart cities, an…

Play An empty freeway intersection is seen two days before Earth Day, after Los Angeles’ stay-at-home order caused a drop in pollution, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Pasadena, California, U.S., April 20, 2020.

September 14, 2020

United Nations General Assembly
Can a Virtual UN General Assembly Deliver on Real World Problems?

Despite limitations, the UN will still sponsor a few notable events and initiatives at this year’s General Assembly, but do not expect any breakthroughs.

President Sauli Niinisto of Finland addresses a room full of attendees during the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 29, 2015.