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January 15, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
From Rhetoric to Reality: Advancing Women’s Participation in Peace Processes

  This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight n…

A Venezuelan indigenous women from the Wayuu tribe shake hands during a reconciliation ceremony, in Castilletes, Colombia February 19, 2020. Picture taken February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

January 15, 2021

United States
A Unique Military Force: The U.S. National Guard

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. In some instances, how leaders have used the Guard has generated controversy, particu…

Members of the Connecticut National Guard survey flooded areas in Florida from a helicopter as part of the response to Hurricane Irma.

January 13, 2021

Cybersecurity
Transatlantic Data Transfers

U.S. surveillance activities have alarmed European partners, throwing the future of transatlantic digital trade into question. The United States should embrace collaboration and protections for perso…

Yellow wires, tied together, hang from the back of a black and gray server.

January 12, 2021

State and Local Governments
How COVID-19 Is Harming State and City Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is placing enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, threatening deep and potentially lasting cuts to education, infrastructure, and other important investment…

Four people wait in line at an unemployment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

January 11, 2021

Cybersecurity
From the Arab Spring to the American Winter: Cyberspace and Democracy After the Insurrection

January 6, 2021 serves as the darkest moment of the democratic experience with the internet and digital technologies.

Members of the National Guard arrive to the U.S. Capitol.

January 7, 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 6, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021 Series: The First 100 Days and Beyond

Richard Haass and David Rubenstein discuss the most pressing foreign policy challenges to greet the Biden administration, including U.S.-China relations, cybersecurity, climate change, nuclear prolif…

Play Trump supporters stand on the U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, as the Congress works to certify the electoral college votes.

January 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Events to Watch in 2021: Part 1

The past year was a highly eventful one in Southeast Asia. The region suffered significantly from the global pandemic, and yet it also contained some of the states with the best records on COVID-19 i…

A healthcare worker receives the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in Singapore on December 30, 2020

December 31, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Good Foreign Policy News Stories in 2020

Two thousand twenty will go down in the books as a very tough year. It’s of no comfort that historians say it ranks just eighth in terms of the most stressful years in U.S. history. Our lives were di…

Margaret Kennan is pushed in a wheelchair down a hallway lined with applauding hospital staff.

December 23, 2020

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2021

Millions of people around the world voted in 2020. Taiwanese voters reelected Tsai Ing-wen as president. Burmese voters returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to power. Guineans protested before and after…

Myanmar voter