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July 12, 2018

Russia
The Trump-Putin Summit: Issues at Stake

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could take fresh approaches on contentious issues, including Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections, Ukraine, Syria, and arms control, to their meeting in Helsinki.

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

August 28, 2018

NAFTA
Trump’s Deal With Mexico: A New NAFTA?

President Trump has struck a new NAFTA deal with Mexico, but with severe disagreements remaining between the U.S. and Canada, his approach to trade negotiations is about to get its biggest test yet.

Trump and Pena Nieto

September 7, 2018

India
What Next for U.S.-India Military Ties?

A new agreement between top U.S. and Indian officials will deepen military cooperation and bolster strategic ties between the two countries.

Mattis and Pompeo in India

September 27, 2018

Iran
U.S. vs. Iran: Parsing the War of Words at the UN

Despite the sharp exchanges between the U.S. and Iranian presidents at the United Nations, new negotiations may not be so far-fetched as sanctions intensify against Tehran.

Iran Sanctions

October 12, 2018

Climate Change
UN Climate Report Highlights Extreme Risk to Many Regions

A recent study by noted climate scientists is particularly bad news for the planet’s most vulnerable regions, including the Arctic and small Pacific islands. 

Climate Change Flooding India

November 7, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Economy Under Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to overhaul Brazil’s economy and align the country more closely with the United States, with uncertain implications for its relations with China.

Bolsonaro waves to Brazilian flag

November 29, 2018

Russia
Trump and Putin at the G20: No More Smiles

The United States and Russia are at odds on so many issues that the upcoming summit could convince their two presidents to give up on better relations and accept estrangement.

Trump Putin

November 29, 2018

Climate Change
Katowice Climate Summit: What to Watch

The conference in Poland will be a major test of the world’s collective political will to fight global warming. Following through on promises made in Paris will not be easy.

Climate change

January 28, 2019

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Ailing INF Treaty: What to Know

A collapse of this Cold War–era INF treaty, which many believe has favored the United States, could unleash a new age of nuclear weapons competition with Russia.

INF Treaty

February 14, 2019

Russia
How Will the U.S. Respond to Russia-OPEC Cooperation?

Congress is considering a bill that could punish countries for artificially boosting oil prices. What could that mean for warming ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia?

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