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June 8, 2022

Trade
Unpacking the IPEF: Biden’s First Big Trade Play

The Joe Biden administration has unveiled its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, but it doesn’t look like a traditional trade deal and could end up falling short of its ambitions.  

From left to right, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) launch event in Tokyo in May 2022.

November 9, 2022

Russia
If Russia Goes Nuclear: Three Scenarios for the Ukraine War

The odds remain slim, but an increasingly desperate Vladimir Putin could use Russia’s nuclear arsenal to turn its fortunes in the Ukraine war. 

November 15, 2022

Southeast Asia
Reflections on the ASEAN Summit and the ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Cambodia

President Biden's attendance marks an important development in the U.S.-ASEAN relationship, but ASEAN continues to prove ineffective in addressing the region's most pressing issues. 

Biden and ASEAN leaders stand in a line waving

January 19, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Biden’s Middle East Strategy Is Ruthless Pragmatism

There’s a single thread connecting the White House approach to the region, from Syria to Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud deliver remarks to reporters before meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2021

August 1, 2019

Elections and Voting
Joe Biden

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

Joe Biden

November 10, 2022

Elections and Voting
Making Sense of Midterm America

The midterm elections will have ramifications for U.S. foreign policy.

People cast their ballots at Northern High School on November 08, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan

October 17, 2022

Immigration and Migration
Border Enforcement Won’t Solve the U.S. Migrant Crisis

When the U.S. Border Patrol tallies the arrests of those illegally crossing the border with Mexico in the past fiscal year, which finished at the end of September, the numbers will shatter a two-deca…

Border Patrol agent in Eagle Pass, Texas

August 16, 2021

Afghanistan War
Biden Was Right

The rapid collapse of Afghanistan’s military and governing institutions largely substantiates US President Joe Biden’s skepticism that US-led efforts would ever have enabled the government to stand o…

U.S. President Joe Biden walks through Arlington National Cemetery in April 2021 to honor fallen veterans of the Afghan conflict.

January 25, 2021

Transition 2021
Four Critical Issues for Biden and Europe

Biden’s electoral victory and the course correction he has already begun are poised to repair America’s reputation abroad and reinstate transatlantic solidarity. Nonetheless, neither side of the Atla…

This photo illustration shows German newspaper headlines on November 8, 2020, following news outlets' projection of Joe Biden as the winner of the U.S. presidential election.

June 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Sisi Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reacts after delivering a speech at the Lower House of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, February 29, 2016.