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April 1, 2021

Competitiveness
Competing with China: Lessons From the Belt and Road

To compete with China's Belt and Road, the U.S. should focus on R&D, immigration, technology, and trade.

Production operator Sammy Blanco monitors multi colored lights atop automated machines at the SolarWorld solar panel factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.

March 31, 2021

Climate Change
The Climate Challenge and China's Belt and Road Initiative

BRI's fossil fuel investments will make combatting climate change more difficult. The U.S. needs to offer developing nations an alternative means of acquiring clean energy.

Steam rises at sunrise from six large smokestacks on the horizon at the Lethabo Power Station, a coal-fired power station near Sasolburg, South Africa on March 2, 2016.

March 10, 2021

Trade
Europe and the Prospects for WTO Reform

The United States should recognize, and attempt to seize, the opportunity on WTO Appellate Body reform being offered by the European Union.

The WTO logo is pictured on the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on March 4, 2021.

April 12, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker catalogs and maps political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. Ii includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances.

March 23, 2021

Asia
How Should the United States Compete With China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Jennifer Hillman and David Sacks are codirectors of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report on a U.S. Response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which is co-chaired by Jacob J. Lew and Gar…

A container ship is pictured docked at the Colombo South Harbor, funded by China, in Sri Lanka on June 25, 2016.

April 8, 2021

Infrastructure
The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, debate continues over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major …

Phase II construction on Metro’s Silver Line at Dulles International Airport continues.

April 7, 2021

China
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Should Be on the World Bank and IMF’s Agenda

The Spring Meetings should address BRI’s pitfalls and advance policies to help put BRI countries on the path toward recovery and sustainable growth.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen ahead of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S. on April 8, 2019.

April 7, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias Fight More Like State Armies, Warns Stephen Biddle

While nonstate fighters are expected to wage war with suicide vests, assassinations, and roadside bombs, this assumption “can lead to defense policy choices that leave Western states ill-prepared for…

April 2, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Rape as a Tool of War in Tigray

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 March 27 to April 2. 

People fleeing Tigray stand on the riverbank between Sudan and Ethiopia.

April 1, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

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