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September 28, 2021

United Nations
The Role of the UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly hosts a much-watched debate of world leaders each year but has struggled to make its work more substantive. After an unprecedented all-virtual assembly in 2020, this year’s me…

A wide shot of the UN General Assembly Chamber as President Biden speaks.

September 10, 2021

Health
What Is the FDA’s Role in Public Health?

The U.S. health agency regulates the country’s foods and drugs, among other products. The COVID-19 pandemic and controversy over vaccines and treatments have highlighted the FDA’s role.

An FDA worker tests a medical device using a water bath.

June 30, 2021

Immigration and Migration
Home and Abroad Series Public Forum: U.S. Immigration Policy

CFR’s Home and Abroad Series Public Forum explores migration trends and the many questions confronting U.S. immigration policy, including but not limited to our southern border.

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August 30, 2021

Global Governance
Even in an Increasingly Interconnected World, National Interests Remain Supreme

Finding themselves in an evermore interdependent global reality, countries have increasingly espoused their devotion to common goals and values. Their actions, however, speak louder than their words…

U.S. President Joe Biden salutes during the dignified transfer of the remains of U.S. Military service members who were killed by a suicide bombing at the Hamid Karzai International Airport. All those present are wearing masks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 12, 2021

United Nations
The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but it faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first-century challenges.

Members of the Security Council sit during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.

June 10, 2021

Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking is a National Security Threat

In the first-ever Council Special Report on human trafficking, Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelstein argue that trafficking is an urgent matter of national security, economic growth, and sustainable de…

A Nigerian human trafficking survivor in a classroom

August 4, 2021

United Nations
Funding the United Nations: What Impact Do U.S. Contributions Have on UN Agencies and Programs?

Many UN agencies, programs, and missions receive crucial funding from the United States. The Trump administration sharply reduced funding to some UN agencies, but President Biden has largely reversed…

August 25, 2021

Technology and Innovation
To Protect U.S. Economic and National Security, Biden Should Address Concentration in the Defense Sector

Reforming the defense sector, and exploring alternative pathways for federal investment, should be priorities for the Biden administration.

Workers can be seen on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, Texas in this October 13, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin.

March 24, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The Public Should Be Warned When a Rampage Is Underway

The spree of murders at several Atlanta-area spas demonstrates the unique threat posed by rampaging assailants. A new system that alerts the public during such attacks could help save lives.

 A demonstrator protesting violence against women kneels following the murder of three women in Atlanta in March 2021.

March 12, 2021

Senegal
Senegal's Democracy Faces a Crisis of Public Trust

Senegal is easy to admire.  It’s long been one of Africa’s most stable democracies, where vigorous debate and dissent are part of peaceful democratic discourse. It has maintained its security and territorial integrity, managing to avoid being engulfed in

A supporter of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko holds a T-shirt reading "Macky, leave Sonko" during a protest in Dakar, Senegal March 8, 2021.