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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 7, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
With "Burn-In," Cole and Singer Show Us the Robotic Future We Need to Avoid

Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution gives us the worst-case scenario of how increased automation can affect the U.S. economy and society.

French robot Pepper, detecting whether people are wearing face masks and if not, instructs them to wear them.

August 5, 2020

Race and Ethnicity
“Viral Convergence”: Interconnected Pandemics as Portal to Racial Justice

In this piece (which is part of a special Just Security “Racing National Security” symposium), Catherine Powell argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a window into the pandemics of policing,…

Black Lives Matter Rally

May 11, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The World Order After COVID-19 Hinges on What Kind of America Emerges

A renewed American internationalism is both desirable and possible, but it will only be sustainable if a change of national mindset accompanies it. 

2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with an American flag in the background in Des Moines, Iowa.

December 12, 2019

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2020

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand nineteen witnessed many significant anniversaries: the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versa…

Iwo Jima

April 18, 2018

Human Rights
The Long Arc of Human Rights: A Case for Optimism

Drawing on decades of research into transnational civil society networks and international institutions, political scientist Kathryn Sikkink counters skeptics from the left and the right who have arg…

A woman from the Rohingya community from Myanmar cooks food outside her makeshift shelter in a camp in New Delhi, September 13, 2014.

June 27, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
A Bipartisan Promise: The United States Will Advance Women’s Roles in Security

On June 13, CFR Senior Fellow Jamille Bigio testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing on “Women in Conflict: Advancing Women's Role in Peace and Security.” During the …

CFR Senior Fellow Jamille Bigio testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on advancing women’s roles in peace and security.

September 13, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
UNHCR, Mali, and an "Arc of Instability"

Syria dominates the news cycle and is probably the principal preoccupation of foreign ministries, just as Libya previously was, and is once again following the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens…

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres (R) visits internally displaced people at the Qansahaley settlement camp in Dollow town, along the Somalia-Ethiopia border, August 30, 2011.

November 8, 2018

World Order
History Echoes as Trump Heads to Armistice Day Centennial

The turbulent aftermath of World War I informs our troubled times and reminds us of the potency of nationalism, the attraction of authoritarianism, the risks of economic fragmentation, the temptation…

A soldier's helmet hangs on a wooden cross on Armistice Day in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 11, 2006.

October 8, 2018

India
Review: America’s Deep History With South Asia

Srinath Raghavan's history of U.S. involvement in South Asia—primarily India, Pakistan and Afghanistan—provides a rich backdrop of lessons for today’s U.S. policymakers as they consider dilemmas in t…

A U.S. Marine(C) talks with Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers during a training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani