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July 1, 2020

Political History and Theory
Living in History

Whether you think we are making history or repeating it, it’s safe to say we are living in a historic time. In this episode, Why It Matters asks three historians to weigh in on how to use the past to…

Podcast Hong Kong protester reads book while sitting

June 29, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Revive International Cooperation?

New thinking, enlightened leadership, and a favorable distribution of power are necessary for a more cooperative world to emerge in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Delegates, wearing protective face masks, attend a UN Human Rights Council session.

May 5, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Epidemics in World History, With Frank M. Snowden

Frank M. Snowden, Andrew Downey Orrick professor emeritus of history and history of medicine at Yale University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how epidemics have shaped world history. Sn…

Podcast A lab technician prepares a medium to grow a virus at the Eijkman Institute, one of the only two facilities in Indonesia capable of diagnosing Zika, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

April 13, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Online Meetings Are Transforming International Relations

The outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing intergovernmental meetings online. This transition will not be easy, but it could pave the way for greater participation and openness in international affairs. 

Members of the United Nations Security Council observe a moment of silence at the beginning of a meeting.

June 25, 2020

International Criminal Court
The Role of the International Criminal Court

The ICC was created to bring justice to the world’s worst war criminals, but debate over the court still rages.

Judges are pictured in the courtroom during the trial of Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court.

June 22, 2020

Nepal
India-Nepal Bilateral Relations Slide: Perspective From Kathmandu

India’s relationship with Nepal is at its lowest point since the five-month “Indian Blockade” of 2015. The gap between Kathmandu and New Delhi is widening as India has not been able to keep up with t…

People gathering at dusk in a park around a Nepali flag surrounded by candles on the ground

July 6, 2020

United Nations
The Road Toward Agonistic Pluralism for International Cyber Norms

International cooperation on cyber norms should acknowledge that geopolitical conflicts and national interests are here to stay. Only by providing these with a constructive and creative space for ago…

Sphere within a Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro, United Nations (New York).

June 26, 2020

South Korea
Back to Square One for Inter-Korean Relations

Tensions rocketed on June 16 when North Korea demolished a liaison office that had stood as a symbol of hope for improved communications.

South Korean soldiers take part in a live fire exercise near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, on June 22, 2020.

July 9, 2020

Human Trafficking
Modern Slavery Research Methods: Enabling Data-Driven Decisions

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Child laborers eat their lunch after being rescued from squalid working conditions a sari embroidery factory, with the help of Nepalese police and child rights organizations, near Kathmandu, 2012.

July 9, 2020

Afghanistan
The False Promise of Peace in Afghanistan

There is a significant risk of the peace process in Afghanistan collapsing or stalling indefinitely. In a new report from the Center for Preventive Action, Seth G. Jones details steps the United Stat…

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan's Taliban and the United States in Doha, Qatar on February 29, 2020.