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September 28, 2021

United Nations
The Role of the UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly hosts a much-watched debate of world leaders each year but has struggled to make its work more substantive. After an unprecedented all-virtual assembly in 2020, this year’s me…

A wide shot of the UN General Assembly Chamber as President Biden speaks.

October 5, 2021

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations’ top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda, but its impact has varied widely since 1946.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sits for a photograph at the UN headquarters in Manhattan.

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.

November 23, 2021

Energy and Environment
Biden Wants to Increase U.S. Offshore Wind Energy. Can He Do It?

The Biden administration has unveiled plans to dramatically ramp up the nation’s offshore wind industry to help fulfill U.S. climate pledges. How realistic is the roadmap?

May 15, 2020

Afghanistan
Women This Week: Attack on Maternity Ward in Kabul

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering May 7 to May 15, was compiled by Maleeha …

An Afghan nurse observes newborn children who lost their mothers during an attack at a hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan May 13, 2020.

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.

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

November 18, 2021

Elections and Voting
Elections in Chile and Venezuela, Stoltenberg Talks NATO’s Future, and More

Chile holds a general election, Venezuelans vote in closely observed local and regional elections, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks on the alliance’s future.

Podcast People line up to cast their votes in an election drill ahead of the November regional elections for governors and mayors, in Caracas, Venezuela October 10, 2021.

November 19, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 19, 2021

FBI website used to send hoax email; Biden restricts Huawei and ZTE sales; CAC tightens restrictions on Hong Kong IPOs; Israel and the U.S. unveil cybersecurity task force; Meta sued by Ohio Attorney…

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

June 6, 2019

Monetary Policy
A Conversation with John C. Williams

John C. Williams discusses the U.S. economy, monetary policy, and the role of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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