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November 30, 2021

COVID-19
Omicron Travel Bans Will Hinder U.S. Africa Policy

When scientists in Botswana and South Africa identified the COVID-19 Omicron variant, they moved quickly to share that information internationally. The response from much of the world was to announce travel bans on Southern African states. Those restrictions are a brutal blow to Southern African economies and morale, even prompting a statement of concern from the UN secretary-general.

U.S. President Joe Biden stands wearing a mask behind Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease expert, who is speaking at a podium with a mask in hand.

November 17, 2021

Energy and Climate Policy
Academic Webinar: Energy Policy and Efforts to Combat Climate Change

Jason Bordoff, cofounding dean, Columbia Climate School, founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, and professor of professional practice in international and public affairs at Columbi…

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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?

November 12, 2021

China
What Xi Jinping’s Elevated Status Signals for Chinese Foreign Policy

China will be even more self-confident now that Xi’s hold on power was confirmed during the Chinese Communist Party’s plenum.

October 20, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Darryl G. Behrman Lecture on Africa Policy: The Impact of COVID-19 on Democracy in Africa

Panelists discuss the impact of COVID-19 on democracy in Africa, including suspended elections and lockdown measures sometimes used to target opposition groups and the media, as well as steps some co…

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Economic and Business Policy for the Post-Pandemic World

The COVID-19 crisis has created dislocations in almost every dimension of life, including having a major effect on the global economy and global business. Economic policymakers from central banks and…

March 16, 2021

Economics
Is Industrial Policy Making a Comeback?

The COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of China have prompted renewed debate about the government’s role in shaping the U.S. economy.  

Workers assemble Ford vehicles at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago, Illinois.

October 18, 2021

China
Virtual Roundtable: What Xi’s “Common Prosperity” Policies Mean for China and the Global Economy

Michael Pettis, professor of finance at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in Beijing, and coauthor, most recently, of Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts th…

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August 5, 2021

Climate Change
Why NOAA Matters for U.S. Climate Policy

The federal agency tasked with weather forecasting and research has played a growing role in climate policy, but also faced controversy during the Trump administration. What does NOAA do?

July 27, 2021

Immigration and Migration
Reporting on U.S. Immigration Policies and Migration

Paul Angelo, fellow for Latin America studies at CFR, provides background on immigration policies and context for the rise of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Dianne Solis, senior immigration repo…

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