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February 14, 2019

Russia
How Will the U.S. Respond to Russia-OPEC Cooperation?

Congress is considering a bill that could punish countries for artificially boosting oil prices. What could that mean for warming ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia?

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December 10, 2020

Climate Change
Biden’s Climate Change Policy: Why His Special Envoy Role Matters

President-Elect Joe Biden’s appointment of John Kerry to a newly created climate envoy position shows that he is committed to returning the United States to its status as a global leader on climate change.

August 24, 2021

China
How Will China Deal With the Taliban?

China could become a crucial supporter of Taliban-led Afghanistan, building Beijing’s influence in South and Central Asia as long as the regime in Kabul does not export extremism.

February 10, 2021

Ethiopia
The Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region: What to Know

The military campaign has resulted in a humanitarian crisis and fears of regional instability. A path forward will require international cooperation, careful diplomacy, and an inclusive political pro…

April 19, 2021

Americas
Lava Jato: See How Far Brazil’s Corruption Probe Reached

Corruption investigations that started in Brazil ultimately triggered political upheaval across the continent. But the Brazilian taskforce’s methods have been questioned, including over alleged bias…

March 25, 2021

Europe and Eurasia
Armenia’s Postwar Crisis: What to Know

Armenia has been riven by disputes over its leadership since its military defeat by Azerbaijan last fall. Newly called elections are unlikely to reconcile the divisions in Armenian society caused by …

May 25, 2021

South Korea
The U.S.-South Korea Summit: A Relationship Restored?

Last week’s summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in aimed to bolster the alliance across a range of issues, with notable moves on supply chain resiliency and No…

May 27, 2021

Security Alliances
The Quad in the Indo-Pacific: What to Know

The Quad, composed of the United States, Australia, India, and Japan, is not a formal alliance. Still, the group has intensified its security and economic ties as tensions with China rise.

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Natanz Blackout: Can the Iran Deal Talks Still Succeed?

Washington and Tehran seem determined to revive the deal that freezes Iran’s nuclear program, despite domestic criticism on both sides and the apparent sabotage of an Iranian facility.

January 24, 2020

Mexico
Mexico’s Security Dilemma

Amid a spate of drug cartel attacks, Mexico is considering whether to increase security cooperation with the United States.