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June 30, 2024

World Order
Council of Councils Thirteenth Annual Conference

Coordination is needed on growing transnational challenges, but domestic political priorities could hinder reaching consensus on managing global challenges.

World Bank President Ajay Banga, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and U.S. President Joe Biden pose in front of national flags and join hands at the summit in New Delhi, India on September 9, 2023.

June 25, 2024

United States
In-Person DC Roundtable: National Security and the U.S. Pharma and Biotech Industries

The COVID-19 pandemic and chronic U.S. drug shortages highlight the health security and strategic importance of U.S. pharmaceutical and biotechnology capabilities during and between pathogenic crises…

Play A worker performs a quality check in the packaging phase of a medicine vial.

May 29, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
Oil and National Security: U.S.-Middle East Relations

Steven Cook discusses the modern history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and how economic interests, including secure access to oil reserves, continue to influence U.S. priorities in the regio…

Play US oil refinery at dawn.

July 12, 2024

Election 2024
Election 2024: The Republican National Convention Begins on Monday

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This Week: Republicans are gathering in Milwaukee next week optimistic about their chances in November.  

Republican National Convention in Milwaukee

June 11, 2024

United States
Foreign Policy at the U.S. National Political Conventions

Foreign policy issues regularly come to the fore at the national political conventions, especially during periods of global instability. Sometimes the events are marked by bitter disagreements within…

Delegates cheer on the floor of the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.

May 21, 2024

Immigration and Migration
The Strategic Impact of the Global Movement of People: A Conversation With the Council of Councils

Foreign policy institute leaders from around the world discuss the dynamics of global migration, including the importance of international cooperation in managing both the documented and undocumented…

Play A group of Afghan children and women travel on a truck with their belongings along the Pakistan-Afghanistan Border.

February 26, 2024

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.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses the Security Council via video amid Russia’s war.

June 20, 2024

United States
Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security: Turning Point—The Bomb and The Cold War

The Netflix series Turning Point: The Bomb and the Cold War is an exploration of the decades-long conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union framed by current events that reveal the Cold…

Play A cinematographer films an atomic mushroom cloud in a project named "Operation Plumbbob" Colorado.

July 9, 2024

Latin America
In Latin America, Your Zip Code—Not Just Your Nationality—Determines Whether You Live in a Democracy

Many big cities are doing well, but in flyover country organized crime and corruption often smother democracy.

Photo of the municipality of Jantetelco in Morelos state