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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.

October 9, 2020

Screening and Discussion of "The Perfect Weapon"

PLEASE NOTE: CFR members are encouraged to watch the documentary The Perfect Weapon prior to the virtual discussion. A link to view the film will be sent to registrants on Monday, October 5. Please j…

Play Soldiers sitting in front of rows of computers at the the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center

September 25, 2020

China
Religion in China

As more people in China practice religion, the government continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to co-opt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

People kneel and pray in a mosque in Shanghai, China.

July 27, 2020

Southeast Asia
Elections Have Consequences in Singapore Too

Meredith Weiss is professor and chair of political science in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the University at Albany, SUNY. As anticipated, the incumbent People’s Action …

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves as he arrives at a People's Action Party branch office, as ballots are being counted during the general election, in Singapore on July 11, 2020.

May 12, 2020

World Order
The World: A Brief Introduction

Teaching Notes for The World: A Brief Introduction, written by Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass.

The World Teaching Notes by Richard N. Haass

May 6, 2020

China
Foreign Affairs May/June 2020 Issue Launch Webinar: China's Coming Upheaval

In this virtual panel discussion, Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose and magazine contributors Minxin Pei and Elizabeth Economy discuss the May/June 2020 issue. The conversation is focused on China—g…

Play A woman wearing a protective mask is seen past a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping on a street as the country is hit by an outbreak of the coronavirus, in Shanghai, China.

December 10, 2019

China
Podcast: Ian Shepherdson on the U.S.-China Trade War and China's Mounting Economic Challenges

China’s ruling Communist Party has long based its political legitimacy on successfully guiding the country’s extraordinary economic development. Over the past decade, however, China’s economic growth…

Podcast A worker polishes a bicycle steel rim at a factory manufacturing sports equipment in Hangzhou, China on September 2, 2019.

December 5, 2019

Brazil
Brazil's Data Protection Paradox

Brazil recently passed legislation to strengthen data protection. But the country's public authorities have yet to establish a data protection agency. Uncertainty is mounting and could throw the enti…

Customers use computers at an internet cafe in Sao Paulo.

November 22, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Fifth Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the Democratic debate, Israeli settlements, China's human rights abuses, and Bolivia. 

Presidential candidates listen to Bernie Sanders speak.

October 31, 2019

Elections and Voting
Southern Africa’s Tale of Two Elections: Mozambique and Botswana

Southern Africa recently wrapped up two dramatically different elections. In Mozambique, presidential, parliamentary, and regional elections were characterized by irregularities and even violence, but not by suspense. The ruling FRELIMO party had ensured its victory in the pre-election period, in part through the presence of “ghost voters” on the voters’ roll, and through a campaign of intimidation aimed at challengers to its power.

A woman casts her ballot at Moshupa village, in the Southern District of Botswana, October 23, 2019