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June 2, 2023

Asia Program
From Tiananmen to Times Square

An exhibition space commemorating the June 4, 1989, massacre of protesters in Beijing and other Chinese cities opened Friday in New York, highlighting how recent changes in China have rejuvenated its…

Visitors at the exhibition's opening ceremony on Friday, June 1.

June 2, 2023

Saudi Arabia
Women This Week: Saudi Arabia’s Imprisonment of Feminist Activists

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 May 26 to June 2.   

Demonstrators from Amnesty International protest outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Paris, France, March 8, 2019.

June 2, 2023

United States
Out of the Debt Ceiling Fire, But Still in the Frying Pan

Now that Congress voted to pass a bill based on the Biden-McCarthy compromise, an immediate debt ceiling crisis appears to have been averted. Still, a much larger debt problem awaits.  

Biden and McCarthy

June 1, 2023

How an SDR Bond Can Boost Concessional and Climate Financing

Combining an SDR with budget funding is the most efficient way of stretching the budgeted dollars (and euros). 

A worker walks between solar panels at Centragrid power plant in Nyabira, Zimbabwe.

June 1, 2023

Expanding U.S.-India Trade Cooperation Is More Important Than Narrow Dialogues

While a strategic dialogue on trade is important, the United States and India need to bring a wider set of trade issues to the discussion to ensure a resilient partnership.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and India's Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal poses for a picture before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India on November 22, 2021.

May 31, 2023

South America’s Minimum Consensus on Democracy is Gone

Forget regional integration. Basic diplomacy will remain an uphill battle until the region’s leaders return to a shared definition of democracy.


May 31, 2023

Human Trafficking
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera: Asylum Seekers and Migrants in the Western Hemisphere Face Real Threats from Human Trafficking

A lack of legal protections and supportive services coupled with pervasive corruption makes this population particularly vulnerable. Women and girls are especially at risk.   

Police evict migrants from a camp in Ciudad Juarez

May 30, 2023

Latin America
Latin America This Week: May 30, 2023

Debt-for-nature swaps gain traction in Latin America; To fix U.S. migration woes, the government needs to go big; Venezuelan organized crime now stretches across the continent.

A fisherman gets off his boat after Ecuador’s government expanded the protected marine area around the Galápagos Islands, in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador January 24, 2022.

May 30, 2023

Review of Australia’s China Odyssey: From Euphoria to Fear

In Australia’s China Odyssey: From Euphoria to Fear, James Curran charts Australia's fluctuating policy toward China.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in front of Australian and Chines flags.

May 30, 2023

The Quad’s Longevity Might Hinge on Its Health Plan

Even though China might have spurred the Quad’s initial health response, the answer to its longevity lies in building sustainable future coordination.

U.S. President Joe Biden, Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a Quad meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit.