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January 26, 2021

Coronavirus
What Is the Defense Production Act?

Presidents Trump and Biden have turned to the Defense Production Act to deal with a shortage of critical medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. What does the law do?

March 22, 2021

El Salvador
Why Central American Migrants Are Arriving at the U.S. Border

Thousands of people are arriving at the U.S. southern border after fleeing the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. President Biden is reviving efforts to tackle the p…

February 4, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Severe Is Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis?

Yemen was suffering one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Then the pandemic struck. Now famine is looming, and signals of changing U.S. policy are being closely watched for how that could aff…

January 13, 2021

Transition 2021
After Trump: What Will Biden Do on Trade?

President Trump disrupted U.S. trade policy in the name of better deals. President-Elect Biden proposes a combination of stronger domestic investment and better coordination with allies.

December 30, 2020

Nigeria
What’s Behind the Recent Student Abductions in Nigeria?

Abductions of hundreds of students in northwestern Nigeria are the latest examples of a common tactic among criminal and jihadi groups, underscoring that Boko Haram is far from the government’s only …

December 22, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
COVID-19: Why Vaccination Coverage Is Important

Vaccines are a major public health success story, but the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the many challenges involved in getting a vaccine to everyone who needs it.

December 18, 2020

Energy and Climate Policy
What’s Next for Fracking Under Biden?

President-Elect Joe Biden has walked a fine line on fracking, seeking to allow the practice while proposing restrictions to limit its greenhouse gas emissions. How have other countries approached fra…

December 15, 2020

United States
The Challenge of Hurricane Response Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

In 2020, U.S. struggles to manage a record-breaking hurricane season were exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. Intensifying storms reveal faults in infrastructure and disaster response that experts sa…

December 14, 2020

United Kingdom
What Would a No-Deal Brexit Look Like?

The United Kingdom and the European Union have been unable to reach a deal to define their post-Brexit relationship after nearly a year of talks. A severe disruption to trade between them looks incre…

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December 10, 2020

Climate Change
Biden’s Climate Change Policy: Why His Special Envoy Role Matters

President-Elect Joe Biden’s appointment of John Kerry to a newly created climate envoy position shows that he is committed to returning the United States to its status as a global leader on climate change.