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November 30, 2020

Transition 2021
Rejoining the Paris Agreement Is the Easy Part for Biden on Climate Change

Biden’s election victory is a huge win for all who care about the living planet. The hard part will be delivering on his ambitious agenda.

Young activists with masks on gesture with their hands while holding signs while taking part in a climate change demonstration during a global day of action on climate change near Cape Town, South Africa on September 25, 2020.

January 22, 2020

Treaties and Agreements
A Tale of Two Paris Agreements

The U.S. abdications of the Covenant of the League of Nations and the Paris climate accords may be remembered as bookends to the American century.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives to announce his decision that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House.

February 22, 2021

Climate Change
The World Is Woefully Unprepared for Climate-Driven Natural Disasters

Disaster preparedness is hard, expensive, time-consuming, and often thankless work. Failure to invest in it can be catastrophic, however.

A man carries a child through a waterlogged road after heavy rainfall in Mumbai, India on September 23, 2020.

February 22, 2021

United States
Biden’s Foreign Policy for the Middle Class Takes Shape

Biden's first major foreign policy address drew the curtain on the disastrous Trump era, emphasizing the nation’s strength at home determines its success abroad—and vice versa.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., on February 5, 2021.

February 25, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Saudi Arabia Gets Away With Murder

Investors flocking to Riyadh’s “Davos in the Desert” prove that nobody knows what accountability for Mohammed bin Salman would even mean.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured with two other Saudi officials seated behind him

February 8, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Whither US Foreign Policy?

Biden’s emerging foreign policy signals a return to the post–World War II tradition. But it will be a long time before the U.S. can lead by the power of its example.

President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy address as Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken listen

February 3, 2021

China
China’s Abuse of the Uighurs: Does the Genocide Label Fit?

While multiple reports indicate that China has committed major abuses of the Uighur minority group, determining the most serious charges is difficult.

Chinese flags on a road leading to a facility in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region believed to be a reeducation camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained.

February 1, 2021

Democracy
After the Capitol Riot, Biden’s Summit for Democracy Is More Needed Than Ever

Now more than ever, democracy’s champions need to hang together. The Biden administration should approach its proposed Summit for Democracy in the spirit of humility rather than hubris.

National Guard members stand guard outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2021.

January 25, 2021

Transition 2021
Four Critical Issues for Biden and Europe

Biden’s electoral victory and the course correction he has already begun are poised to repair America’s reputation abroad and reinstate transatlantic solidarity. Nonetheless, neither side of the Atla…

This photo illustration shows German newspaper headlines on November 8, 2020, following news outlets' projection of Joe Biden as the winner of the U.S. presidential election.

January 19, 2021

Transition 2021
Save the world — America's greatest priority

When the United States and the world emerged from the Cold War 30 years ago, the watchword in foreign affairs was “change.” Now, on so many global fronts, the imperative goal is far more arresting: t…