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February 1, 2021

Democracy
After the Capitol Riot, Biden’s Summit for Democracy Is More Needed Than Ever

Now more than ever, democracy’s champions need to hang together. The Biden administration should approach its proposed Summit for Democracy in the spirit of humility rather than hubris.

National Guard members stand guard outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2021.

January 28, 2021

Human Rights
The Changing Landscape of Global LGBTQ+ Rights

Although LGBTQ+ people in every region of the world face marginalization and repression, their human rights have steadily advanced. The Biden administration has an opportunity to further promote LGBT…

People wave colorful flags as they participate in the annual LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California, on June 9, 2019.

January 27, 2021

Defense and Security
Protecting Our Heroes From Disinformation on Social Media

The Department of Defense should implement a program to help service members and their families avoid falling victim to disinformation.

Members from all of the services of the US military march across in front of the White House.

January 25, 2021

Climate Change
Global Climate Agreements: Successes and Failures

International efforts, such as the Paris Agreement, aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But experts say countries aren’t doing enough to limit dangerous global warming.

Muddy waters nearly submerge lines of cars during a flood in Colorado, United States.

January 22, 2021

Venezuela
Venezuela: The Rise and Fall of a Petrostate

Venezuela’s descent into economic and political chaos in recent years is a cautionary tale of the dangerous influence that resource wealth can have on developing countries.

A silhouetted person stands in the foreground with industrial structures, including a tower with smoke and fire coming out of it, in the background. The photo appears to have been taken at either dusk or dawn.

January 22, 2021

Venezuela
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: Economic, Political, and Humanitarian Catastrophe in Venezuela

Paul J. Angelo is a fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In this year’s Preventive Priorities Survey, experts ranked “accelerating economic collapse and political …

A demonstrator covered with a Venezuelan flag gestures in front of security forces during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 10, 2020.

January 21, 2021

Transition 2021
Biden’s First Foreign Policy Move: Reentering International Agreements

Biden has moved to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization. They likely won’t be the last international agreements and institutions that the United States reenters.

January 21, 2021

Syrian Civil War
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: What's Next for Syria

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council o…

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters walk in a field of flowers in Idlib, Syria, on April 15, 2020.

January 19, 2021

North Korea
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: A North Korea Crisis

Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. As we turn the calendar on 2020 and embark on 2021, the inc…

A general view of Panmunjom is seen ahead of a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Panmunjon declaration between North and South Korean leaders, on April 27, 2019.

January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."