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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.

January 14, 2021

North Korea
North Korea Is the Top Threat for 2021, Finds CFR Survey

A crisis stemming from North Korea’s continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile testing is the top-ranked conflict concern for 2021, according to the Council on Foreign Relations’…

January 14, 2021

Transition 2021
Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations

By now you no doubt have heard that President Donald Trump will skip President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday. Given Trump’s role in inciting last week’s mob attack on the Capitol Buil…

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January 12, 2021

State and Local Governments
How COVID-19 Is Harming State and City Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is placing enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, threatening deep and potentially lasting cuts to education, infrastructure, and other important investment…

Four people wait in line at an unemployment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

January 11, 2021

United States
What Are Biden’s Actual Prospects for Reviving Transatlantic Relations?

Washington will need to work toward a more equal strategic partnership with Europe, rather than continue to assume U.S. leadership.

Then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the fifty-first Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on February 7, 2015.

January 8, 2021

Coronavirus
COVID-19, Statistics, and Africa

When COVID-19 struck, public health experts predicted that it would be particularly devastating in sub-Saharan Africa. A UN agency estimated that, in the worst case scenario, 3.3 million Africans would die from the disease.

A white piece of poster paper is seen with writing in red and blue market denoting the vital-sign statistics of several COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit in Kenya.

January 5, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Will Biden’s Trade Policy Look Like?

Edward Alden, CFR’s Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness, trade, and immigration policy, and Jennifer Hillman, senior fellow for trade and international pol…

Podcast Vice President Joe Biden, right, visits the Port of Baltimore Monday morning, September 9, 2013, with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, left, where they were shown the new Panamax cranes by Maryland Port Administration Executive Director, Jim White, second from left, and Ports America Chesapeake president, Mark Montgomery, third from left.

January 5, 2021

News Release
The Council on Foreign Relations Marks Its One Hundredth Anniversary

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the country’s most prestigious organization devoted to international relations and foreign policy, marks its one hundredth anniversary this year. Founded in 19…

January 5, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Human Rights Activist Arrested—Again

Omoyele Sowore, human rights activist and former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, was arrested New Year’s Eve following a peaceful protest in the capital, Abuja.

A melee takes place in a Nigerian courtroom in response to the re-arrest of journalist and human rights activist Omoyele Sowore.

January 4, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
What Is the Iran Nuclear Deal?

The United States’ withdrawal from the arms control agreement has heightened tensions and left the remaining signatories scrambling to keep the deal alive.

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