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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.

July 16, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies Worth Watching About Love and War

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about romance amid conflict.

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: Casablanca (black and white, a man and a woman look at each other); A Farewell to Arms (a man and woman look worriedly off to the side); The English Patient (a man and woman look off to the side, a desert and airplane behind them).

July 6, 2021

China
Who Built That? Labor and the Belt and Road Initiative

Highlighting the Belt and Road Initiative’s problematic labor practices, and pressing China to tighten regulations further, is an important step toward improving the human outcomes associated with BR…

Construction workers law concrete blocks for drainage near the new standard gauge railway line near Voi town, Kenya on March 16, 2016.

June 25, 2021

LGBTQ+
LGBTQ+ Rights: Snapshots From Around the World

Panelists discuss global LGBTQ+ rights, from persecutions in Russia to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan, as well as the role of U.S. foreign policy in advancing and protecting LGBTQ+ r…

Play Protestors march around the Hungarian parliament holding hands

June 23, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

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

Resolute desk

June 23, 2021

Technology and Innovation
When the Microchips Are Down

Silicon chips are in almost all electronics, and access to them can make or break a country’s economic future. Their production relies on complex supply chains, and during the pandemic, the world lea…

Podcast A worker in the photolithography section on a semiconductor plant of the Mikron Group in Zelenograd, Moscow

June 22, 2021

Education
Higher Education Webinar: Visa Challenges and Fall International Student Enrollment

Adam Julian, director of international student and scholar services at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and 2021 chair of the international student and scholar regulatory practice committee …

Play Passports.

June 18, 2021

Trade
Biden’s Trade Policy for the Middle Class Takes Shape—And it Begins in Europe

Europe holds the key to President Biden's trade agenda. 

U.S. President Joe Biden crosses his fingers next to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as they attend the EU-US summit, in Brussels, Belgium June 15, 2021.

June 16, 2021

China
The plan to 'Build Back Better' across the globe isn't enough to counter China

Below is an excerpt of an op-ed originally published at The Hill.  For too long, the U.S. response to Belt and Road has been to highlight its pitfalls and warn countries not to accept Chinese fina…