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September 17, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trade Versus Subs: The Risky U.S. Tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific

Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world's largest economies ever-closer toward China?  

U.S Secretary of State Blinken and U.S Defense Secretary Austin, host Australian counterparts at US State Department

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.

April 22, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Undergoes Review, Biden Addresses Congress, and More

A U.S. advisory panel considers whether to lift the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, U.S. President Joe Biden addresses Congress, and international films are judged for the ninety-third Academ…

Podcast A healthcare worker prepares a syringe with a dose of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine at the Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand April 21, 2021.

June 15, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Biden and Johnson’s ‘New Atlantic Charter’ Has Big Shoes to Fill

The New Atlantic Charter seeks to rally the West at a time of global crisis. Whether it has a similar, enduring influence is likely to depend more on domestic U.S. political developments than on glob…

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden smile at each other while sitting in front of their respective flags during their meeting, ahead of the G7 summit, at Carbis Bay, Cornwall in Britain on June 10, 2021.

August 6, 2021

China
Is China Gaming the System or Playing the Game?

For many, a quick glance at the Olympics medals table reinforces the idea of China as a threat—a country pursuing victory at any cost.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Beach Volleyball - Women - Pool B - USA (April/Alix) v China (Xue/Wang X X) - Shiokaze Park, Tokyo, Japan - July 25, 2021. Alix Klineman of the United States with Xue Chen of China in action.

June 28, 2021

Afghanistan
What’s Next for Afghan Women: An Interview with Judge Najla Ayoubi

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations' blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight new se…

A young shoe polisher waits for customers beneath a mural in Kabul, Afghanistan.

June 2, 2020

United Kingdom
The State of the Special Relationship, With Ambassador Dame Karen Pierce DCMG

Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, the British ambassador to the United States, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S.-UK relations, Britain’s post-Brexit foreign policy, and the merits of multilateral…

Podcast British Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce talks with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley after the third draft resolution to create a new inquiry to find blame for the chemical weapons attack last week in Douma, Syria.

September 20, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
What’s Next for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.

Remaining members of the TPP gather at the signing agreement ceremony in Santiago, Chile, in March 2018.

September 8, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has become a prolonged epidemic, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

September 17, 2021

European Union
Merkel’s Legacy and the Future of Germany

With Chancellor Angela Merkel stepping down after sixteen years in office, the leadership of Germany, and the EU, is wide open. What is Merkel’s legacy, and what comes next?