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May 8, 2024

Energy and Environment
The Push to Conserve 30 Percent of the Planet: What’s at Stake?

See how six countries are faring amid efforts to protect 30 percent of the planet’s land and waters by 2030, and what will be saved if they succeed. 

A monastery sits in between tree-covered mountains.

June 14, 2024

Election 2024
Election 2024: Will Washington Address Its Debt and Deficit Problem?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: The United States may come to rue its failure to get its fiscal house in order. 

The National Debt Clock

June 7, 2024

Election 2024
Election 2024: Joe Biden Makes the Case for Allies and Alliances

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: President Joe Biden spoke with Time magazine about the importance of alliances to U.S. security.

U.S. President Joe Biden visits the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument

March 18, 2024

India
India’s Muslims: An Increasingly Marginalized Population

India’s Muslim communities have faced decades of discrimination, which experts say has worsened under the Hindu nationalist BJP’s government.

Muslim women in India hold signs during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

May 31, 2024

Election 2024
Election 2024: Does Donald Trump’s Conviction Doom His Chances to Become President Again?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Trump’s conviction on thirty-four felony counts takes the U.S. presidential election into uncharted…

Trump as viewed leaving the courthouse in a blue tie.

March 20, 2024

China
China and Russia: Exploring Ties Between Two Authoritarian Powers

China and Russia have expanded trade and defense ties over the past decade, but they’re not formal allies. Experts say Russia’s war in Ukraine could be a turning point in the relationship.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping stand next to each other.

February 8, 2024

Taiwan
Why China-Taiwan Relations Are So Tense

Taiwan has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei in 2022 heightened tensions.

A statue of a Taiwanese soldier looks over the Taiwan straight at a Chinese city.

March 19, 2024

Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Freedoms: What China Promised and How It’s Cracking Down

Beijing has tightened its grip on Hong Kong in recent years, dimming hopes that the financial center will ever become a full democracy.

Hong Kong police force a man's arms behind his back, as an officer stands close to the camera, in Hong Kong.

May 24, 2024

Election 2024
Election 2024: Is the United States Looking at a New Nuclear Arms Race?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: The demise of arms control agreements and the rise of geopolitical competition are a dangerous mix…

Three rows of members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron monitoring the Minuteman III Test.

May 24, 2024

United States
Remembering a Fallen Hero on Memorial Day

The story of an American who died in service to his country.

A man as viewed tracing a name from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall.