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May 13, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

May 4, 2021

Infrastructure
A U.S. Broadband Build-Out Should Require Open Access

To avoid falling behind the rest of the world on internet speed and access, the United States should rapidly deploy fiber-optic internet nationwide with a policy of "open access." 

President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan during an event in Pittsburgh, on March 31, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

April 22, 2021

Japan
Much Ado About Taiwan

When Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga came to Washington last week to meet with President Joe Biden, there were great expectations that some sort of agreement was to be announced on Taiwan.  Th…

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he holds a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 16, 2021.

March 31, 2021

Human Rights
Blinken's Unfair "Repudiation" of the Report on Unalienable Rights

Secretary Blinken’s comments on the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights were partisan--and did not fairly reflect its content.

March 18, 2021

Cybersecurity
Unexpectedly, All UN Countries Agreed on a Cybersecurity Report. So What?

A consensus report at the United Nations further solidifies past progress and could enable a greater degree of accountability for malicious state behavior in cyberspace.

A gavel and a block is pictured.

March 4, 2021

Territorial Disputes
Diplomatic Dithering Over Western Sahara Bodes Ill for Other African Disputes

On December 10, 2020, then President Donald Trump tweeted that because “Morocco recognized the United States in 1777,” the U.S. should return the favor by recognizing “[Moroccan] sovereignty over the Western Sahara.”

Then-U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, clutching a baseball cap, arrives in the Western Sahara in an attempt to broker a peace between the Polisario Front and Morocco over the disputed Western Sahara.

March 1, 2021

Iran
Biden Fires a Warning Shot at Iran

President Biden, after little more than a month in power, has used military force for the first time--against Iran. In my previous post here, "Biden and Iran: Two Questions," I asked what the preside…

February 15, 2021

United States
TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-five men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay, which has been revised …

White House

February 12, 2021

United States
A Presidents' Day Quiz

Monday is Presidents’ Day. To get you in the proper celebratory mood, TWE presents its tenth annual Presidents’ Day quiz. If you are feeling up to it, you can try the quizzes from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2…

Former Presidents

February 8, 2021

Human Trafficking
What Role Should Anti-Trafficking Play in U.S. Development Efforts?

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…

A woman picking cotton.