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January 18, 2021

Transition 2021
Remembering the Best (and Worst) Presidential Inaugural Addresses

In two days, Joe Biden gets to do what only thirty-nine other Americans have ever done: deliver a presidential inaugural address. It is a tough task to do well under any circumstance. It’s even tough…

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January 15, 2021

United States
A Unique Military Force: The U.S. National Guard

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. In some instances, how leaders have used the Guard has generated controversy, particu…

Members of the Connecticut National Guard survey flooded areas in Florida from a helicopter as part of the response to Hurricane Irma.

January 8, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: A Divisive and Damaging Presidency Nears Its End

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The mob that stormed the Capitol Building this week highlighted how Donald Trump’s pr…

Pro-Trump protestors line the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building waving flags and hanging Trump 2020 banners.

January 7, 2021

Mexico
Discussion of Whitney Museum Exhibition: Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art

The Council on Foreign Relations and the Whitney Museum of American Art invite you to join our panelists for a discussion of Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, currently on view a…

Play People look at art at the press preview of "Vida Americana: Mexican muralists remake American art, 1925-1945", that brings together 200 works by 60 American and Mexican artists at the Whitney Museum, in New York on Febuary 11, 2020.

December 29, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2020

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2020 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a memorial service for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui at a chapel of Aletheia University in New Taipei City, Taiwan September 19, 2020.

December 16, 2020

Economics
Frontier Market Entrepreneurship: Startup Success Beyond Silicon Valley and Term Member Happy Hour

Our panelists discuss the growing amount of startup ecosystems that are popping up outside of Silicon Valley and other major economic centers, including what it takes for many of those startups to su…

Play An employee works on his laptop at the Start-up Village in the southern Indian city of Kochi

December 9, 2020

Ireland
Arthur Ross Book Award: “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland”

Gideon Rose celebrates the winners of this year’s Arthur Ross Book Award: Patrick Radden Keefe, George Packer, and William Dalrymple. The program will include an award ceremony and a conversation wit…

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November 16, 2020

Brazil
A Conversation With Vice President of Brazil Hamilton Mourão

Vice President Mourão discusses Brazil's policies toward the Amazon and the future of relations with the United States.

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November 12, 2020

United States
How Police Compare in Different Democracies

Killings by U.S. officers in 2020 have sparked widespread calls for police reform and an end to systemic racism. Here’s how U.S. policing compares with other countries’ approaches.

A photo from behind of rows of police officers wearing navy blue uniforms and hats in a moodily lit arena.

October 29, 2020

China
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With Yanzhong Huang

Yanzhong Huang discusses his new book, Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and Its Challenge to the Chinese State. Environmental degradation in China has taken a heavy toll not only o…

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