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August 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

September 1, 2021

South Africa
New COVID-19 Variant Detected in South Africa

The South African Department of Health has alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) to the emergence of a new variant, C.1.2. It was first detected in May and is now circulating in most of the country’s provinces and at least seven other countries, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, New Zealand, and China.

A woman, wearing glasses and a mask, has her sleeve rolled up as another person inserts a syringe in her upper arm to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination.

August 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: New Realities for Women in Afghanistan

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 August 19 to August 26.

Members from the Afghan girls robotics team chat during a Reuters interview in Doha, after being evacuated from Afghanistan.

June 15, 2021

News Release
CFR to Welcome New Fellows on China, India, and Defense Policy

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) will welcome three new fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program: Ian Johnson, Manjari Chatterjee Miller, and Lauren Kahn. Ian Johnson will become the…

March 4, 2021

Education
2021 College and University Educators Workshop

The 2021 Virtual College and University Educators Workshop convened professors from across the country for substantive expert briefings and group discussions on foreign policy issues, to learn about …

Screenshot of video with speakers, including Cook, O'Neil, and so forth.

September 1, 2021

Climate Change
To Fight Climate Change, Countries Must Both Mitigate and Adapt, Argues Alice Hill in New Book

The pandemic has provided an unfortunate “dress rehearsal” for confronting catastrophic risk, writes Alice C. Hill, David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on …

July 22, 2021

Ethiopia
Risks Grow as Tigray Conflict Enters New Phase

When Ethiopian federal forces declared a unilateral ceasefire at the end of June and Tigrayan fighters retook control of the regional capital, Mekelle, it did not signal the end of the crisis, but rather a pivot to a new phase.

Two soldiers stand on a bridge with assault rifles. Their reflections can be seen in water in front of them.

July 29, 2021

Elections and Voting
Iran’s New President Takes Office, U.S. Debt Ceiling Drama, and More

Iran’s next president, Ebrahim Raisi, takes office; the suspension of the United States’ debt ceiling ends; and the summer wildfire season sets new records.

Podcast Iranian President-Elect Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference at Shahid Beheshti conference hall on June 21, 2021 in Tehran, Iran.

June 16, 2021

New Zealand
Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discusses the future of New Zealand's foreign policy and lessons learned from the country's response to COVID-19 and reopening.  This meeting kicks off the 2021 Virtu…

Play Screen grab of Arden zoom call with Richard Haass and Jacinda Ardern on screen.

September 14, 2021

COVID-19
Reporting on COVID-19

Luciana Borio, senior fellow for global health at CFR, provides an update on the virus, including information on vaccinations and the latest variants. Natalie Krebs, health reporter at Iowa Public Ra…

Play Dr Nicola Steedman interim Deputy Chief Medical Officer conducts a tv interview, as the first of two Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine jabs are being given to the staff, at the Western General Hospital, on the first day of the largest immunisation programme in the British history, in Edinburgh,