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January 19, 2021

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

The Biden administration should still host its proposed Summit for Democracy provided it approaches it in the spirit of humility rather than hubris.

ational 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.

December 16, 2020

Afghanistan
America can’t stay in Afghanistan forever, but it matters how we leave

(CNN)As President Trump seeks to draw down US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, some have argued the decision is about bringing an end to America's endless wars. But the real issue is how to create e…

November 26, 2013

Ukraine
A Tug of War Between East and West

Ukraine tacked toward Russia ahead of the EU summit but the geopolitical contest for all three sides will likely intensify, says expert Jan Techau.

November 17, 2020

Israel
Biden Can Clean Up Trump's Israeli-Palestinian Policy Mess, But Can He Broker Peace?

The president-elect knows only too well the failures of all the presidents who preceded him, and the hardening of positions that's occurred on both sides.

Joe Biden, Benjamin Netanyahu

March 24, 2020

Syria
If coronavirus spreads to this population, it could be catastrophic

"I have no idea where my friends are," the teenage girl told me as we stood under the bright sun of a brisk winter morning. It was last December, and I was visiting Washokani camp, a displaced person…

August 24, 2020

Climate Change
California Is a Preview of Climate Change’s Devastation for the Entire World

California is setting the pace for climate change disasters. Its plight is a direct consequence of the human addiction to fossil fuels.

Fire engulfs trees on a hillside; with clouds of smoke rising from the scene

April 28, 2020

Human Trafficking
COVID-19 and Modern Slavery: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Future of the Fight

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…

Volunteers give food to migrant workers from Myanmar who lost their jobs following the COVID-19 outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand April 23, 2020.

April 21, 2020

Coronavirus
Singapore: The Limits of a National Response

The recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Singapore shows that there are limits to what national responses to a global pandemic can achieve. 

Migrant workers look out from their balconies at Punggol S-11 dormitory, during the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore on April 6, 2020.

March 11, 2020

Iran
The Only Sensible Iran Strategy Is Containment

The most effective plan against the Islamic Republic has always been the most obvious—and the one nobody in Washington seems willing to try.

Missiles are displayed by Iran's army during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran September 22, 2019.

February 3, 2020

Coronavirus
The Wuhan Coronavirus Poses Three Tests for Global Public Health

Preserving global public health depends on timely and credible action by governments, firm direction and leadership from the World Health Organization, and responsible behavior by nations.

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference.