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January 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Events to Watch: Part 2

The effects of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia’s health, economies, and political systems will not be the only stories to watch in the region in 2021, although they will surely be among the most important…

Vietnam's Industry and Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh (C) signs as Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) witnesses during the signing ceremony of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement during the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 15, 2020.

December 31, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Good Foreign Policy News Stories in 2020

Two thousand twenty will go down in the books as a very tough year. It’s of no comfort that historians say it ranks just eighth in terms of the most stressful years in U.S. history. Our lives were di…

Margaret Kennan is pushed in a wheelchair down a hallway lined with applauding hospital staff.

December 29, 2020

Coronavirus
Resurgence of COVID-19 in Africa

South Africa is once again the epicenter of the current wave of infections, driven, apparently, by a mutant strain of the virus. According to health experts, South Africa now accounts for an estimated 40 percent of COVID-19 cases in Africa.

A group of South African commuters can be seen sitting inside of a transport van. Some are wearing masks, while others are not.

December 28, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2020

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2020 who through…

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December 18, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Much Foreign Policy Leverage Is Trump Leaving Biden?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The Biden administration may have less leverage to strike winning deals than he, and …

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

December 17, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2020

Four years ago stories appeared asking whether 2016 was the worst year ever. Well, 2020 has 2016 beat. You would have to go back to 1968 to find a year filled with as much turmoil. Yes, the past twel…

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December 10, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Russian Disinformation Popularizes Sputnik V Vaccine in Africa

In Africa, perceptions of Russia’s flagship vaccine, Sputnik V, are largely positive, despite it having not undergone the rigorous clinical trials that other vaccines have.

A South African man wearing a mask receiving an experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

December 7, 2020

Human Trafficking
How Innovation Can Help End Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Blockchain Technology by NASA

December 2, 2020

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2021

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand twenty witnessed many significant anniversaries: the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War …

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