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November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 19, 2020

China
A Conversation With House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith

Adam Smith discusses his role as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the need for the United States to address growing competition with China.

Play Adam Smith speaking at a House Armed Services Committee hearing with a U.S. flag behind him

November 17, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Can Biden Repair America’s Alliances?

In this special Transition 2021 series of The President’s Inbox, James M. Lindsay sits down each week with experts to discuss the challenges facing the incoming Biden administration. This week, CFR’s…

Podcast U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels March 10, 2009.

November 16, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria and the Nation-State

In Nigeria and the Nation-State, John Campbell explains what makes Nigeria different from other countries in Africa, how it works, and why understanding it is vital if we are to avoid the mistakes th…

Nigeria and the Nation-State Teaching Notes by John Campbell

November 10, 2020

CFR Master Class With Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith discusses the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance in today's global political environment, including insight into shifts in Japanese defense capability since the security pact was sign…

Play A member of Japan Ground Self Defense Force uses a binoculars during a joint exercise with U.S. Marine Corps

November 10, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 245 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have …

Marines

November 6, 2020

Election 2020
Cyber Week in Review: November 6, 2020

"Just another Tuesday on the internet;" Social media platforms flag numerous posts from President Trump; U.S. Cyber Command reveals global threat hunting operation before election; TikTok wins legal …

Barton Foley casts his ballot on Election Day.

October 27, 2020

CFR Master Class With Paul Stares: Foreign Policy Crises—Learning From the Past, Adapting to the Future

Please join Paul Stares for a discussion of how the United States prepares for potential foreign policy crises, including how the U.S. has historically tried to avoid being blindsided by threatening …

Play Sun setting behind U.S. flags

October 26, 2020

Nigeria
Will the Lekki Toll Gate Atrocity Change Nigeria?

Nigeria’s governance system is oppressive, though it lacks an evocative name like apartheid. The tragic episodes of brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), while dismaying, are not new occurrences.

A picture of the Lekki toll gate, with concrete road barriers in the foreground. Graffiti is sprayed on the barriers, with protest slogans such as #EndSARS and #EndSWAT.

October 21, 2020

Climate Change
Envisioning a Green New Deal: A Global Comparison

The Green New Deal has motivated those who want the United States to undertake unprecedented climate action, but it has also drawn backlash. How is the rest of the world grappling with decarbonizatio…

Three workers install a solar panel on the roof of a building in Wuhan, China.