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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…

Pakistan students

December 15, 2020

Human Trafficking
The Palermo Protocol and the Next Twenty Years of the Global Fight Against Modern Slavery

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…

Airport Traffic in Shanghai, China

December 15, 2020

China
How 2020 Shaped U.S.-China Relations

This year, tensions between Washington and Beijing flared over many issues. As the Biden administration prepares to take over, what lies ahead for one of the world’s most important bilateral relation…

A woman waves an American flag outside of the Chinese embassy in Houston.

December 15, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

December 11, 2020

Europe
Women This Week: Feminist Foreign Policy in Europe

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers December 7 to December 11.

EU Leaders Summit in Brussels

December 11, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should a Retired General Be Secretary of Defense?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden’s nomination of General Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense raises question…

Retired General Lloyd Austin speaks at a podium as President-Elect Joe Biden sits behind him.

December 10, 2020

Coronavirus
A Conversation With Robert Redfield

Dr. Robert Redfield discusses the CDC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Play Robert Redfield, MD, Director, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

December 10, 2020

Climate Change
A Virtual Climate Summit, Georgia Begins Early Voting, and More

The Climate Ambition Summit 2020 is held virtually five years after the Paris Agreement, the state of Georgia begins early voting in its Senate runoff, and Tunisia marks ten years since the beginning…

Podcast A power-generating windmill turbine is seen in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris ahead of the COP21 World Climate Summit, France, November 25, 2015.

December 8, 2020

2020 in Review
2020: The Year’s Historic News in Graphics

Extreme natural occurrences. Police brutality and racism. A global pandemic. CFR breaks down 2020’s biggest news with graphics.

December 2, 2020

Cybersecurity
President Trump’s Legacy on Cyberspace Policy

President Trump’s legacy on cyberspace policy has been consequential but not transformative, an unsurprising outcome for a one-term president.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters.