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January 21, 2021

Transition 2021
The Biden-Harris Inauguration: A Tense Tableau

The inauguration of President Joe Biden was unlike any U.S. power transition in modern times, providing stark imagery of a country at a crossroads.  

January 26, 2021

News Release
New Book Shows Why the Shah’s Iran Collapsed From Within—and Why the Islamists Today May Have a Similar Fate

Offering a new view of one of America’s most important, strained, and misunderstood relationships of the postwar era, The Last Shah: America, Iran, and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty tells the histo…

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.

January 25, 2021

Climate Change
Global Climate Agreements: Successes and Failures

International efforts, such as the Paris Agreement, aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But experts say countries aren’t doing enough to limit dangerous global warming.

Muddy waters nearly submerge lines of cars during a flood in Colorado, United States.

January 12, 2021

State and Local Governments
How COVID-19 Is Harming State and City Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is placing enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, threatening deep and potentially lasting cuts to education, infrastructure, and other important investment…

Four people wait in line at an unemployment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

January 20, 2021

Tanzania
Parting of Ways: Secretary Pompeo Announces Sanctions on Tanzania

On January 19, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo—on his last full day in the position—announced visa restrictions on “Tanzanian officials responsible for or complicit in undermining” the general elections held in late October last year.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his predecessor, Jakaya Kikwete, can be seen speaking to one another ahead of a speech for the ruling party, the Chama cha Mapinduzi. Kikwete is holding a microphone while Magufuli leans back laughing.

January 19, 2021

China
Reimagining China-Brazil Relations Under the BRI: The Climate Imperative

At this moment of profound global uncertainty and unprecedented socioeconomic crisis in Brazil, it is difficult to speculate about the future direction of the China-Brazil relationship. The two count…

China's State Power Investment Corp representatives react during Brazilian government auction of operating licenses for four hydroelectric plants in São Paulo, Brazil on September 27, 2017.

January 19, 2021

Russia
Russia

There is no country quite like Russia. Despite having a relatively small economy, it has been able to maintain global influence through a range of unconventional tactics. How has Vladimir Putin playe…

Podcast Photo of the Kremlin in Moscow in the evening.

January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

January 8, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: January 8, 2021

Experts assessing cybersecurity fallout after raid on Capitol; Trump bans U.S. transactions on eight additional Chinese apps; Anne Neuberger tapped for new NSC cybersecurity role; U.S. extradition at…

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump climb on walls at the U.S. Capitol.