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November 18, 2022

Climate Change
Women Underrepresented at COP27 Summit

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers November 12 to November 18.

Climate activists take part in a protest during the COP27 climate summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 17, 2022.

September 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

December 1, 2021

World Trade Organization (WTO)
An Environmentalist Case for Resurrecting the WTO Appellate Body

As countries confront the environmental effects of global trade, the potential for disputes and abuses rises. A venue for addressing such concerns exists in principle—but is in desperate need of resu…

An Indian scientist points to a patch of genetically modified (GM) rapeseed crops under trial in New Delhi, February 13, 2015.

November 19, 2021

Climate Change
A New Transatlantic Agreement Could Hold the Key to Green Steel and Aluminum

An imperfect U.S.-EU deal could set the stage for decarbonizing global steel and aluminum production—but only if negotiators can avoid certain pitfalls. 

A laborer works inside a steel factory in Dalian, China on October 11, 2013

October 29, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Biden Administration Releases New Strategy on Gender Equality

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers October 23 to October 29. 

Jennifer Klein, co-chair of the White House Gender Policy Council, speaks to the media at the White House daily press briefing.

October 29, 2021

Trade
Can the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council Succeed?

Previous attempts at economic coordination have floundered, but focusing on a limited set of strategic concerns may allow the Trade and Technology Council to be more successful. 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Trade Representative Katherine Tai stand near European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager and EU Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis as they participate in a meeting of the Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 29, 2021.

October 26, 2021

Infrastructure
Financing Global Infrastructure: The Role of the Private Sector

If properly harnessed, private capital can help the United States meet global infrastructure needs and compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Workers stand on top of a new highway under construction in east Jakarta, Indonesia November 4, 2015.

October 4, 2021

China
Making Sense of China’s Pledge to Stop Building Coal-Fired Power Plants Abroad

China's decision to stop funding coal plants abroad is an important step, but real progress will require phasing out coal at home.

A coal-burning power plant can be seen behind a factory in the city of Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region October 31, 2010.

September 21, 2021

China
Europe’s Global Gateway Plans To Counter China, But Questions Remain

Europe is responding to China's Belt and Road Initiative, but it is unclear whether its alternative can succeed.

View of Piraeus Port in Greece shows cargo containers and the ocean behind.

August 24, 2021

China
Why Major Belt and Road Investments Are Not Coming to Afghanistan

China is unlikely to prioritize Afghanistan for Belt and Road investment.

Afghan security personnel keep watch at a road construction site, which is being built by a Chinese company, in Khogyani district of Nangarhar Province on November 19, 2015.