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February 22, 2021

Climate Change
How Biden Can Embrace Environmental Stewardship

The dramatic loss of global biodiversity poses a grave threat to humanity. The Biden administration has two golden opportunities to embrace environmental stewardship. 

Surrounded by lush jungle, a ray of light shines down through the trees on a tourist guide searching for monkeys with binoculars at the Manu National Park in Peru's southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. The park one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.

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 16, 2021

Democracy
Trump Still Casts a Shadow Over Biden’s Pro-Democracy Ambitions

The rationale behind Biden’s democracy summit is not idealistic but deeply realistic. It reflects a conviction that a world order based on a core of resilient democracies is likely to be a safer, mor…

A Capitol police officer stands behind a large black fence with the Capitol off in the distance, securing the area ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2021.

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.

February 1, 2021

Nuclear Weapons
Apocalypse Now: It’s Time to Watch the Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock reads just 100 seconds to midnight. Whether the world moves in a more hopeful direction this year depends partly on the United States.

Hilary Howes packs up the 'Doomsday Clock,' which is wrapped in bubble wrap, after it was announced by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that the hands have been moved to two minutes until midnight at a news conference in Washington, U.S. January 25, 2018.

January 11, 2021

United States
What Are Biden’s Actual Prospects for Reviving Transatlantic Relations?

Washington will need to work toward a more equal strategic partnership with Europe, rather than continue to assume U.S. leadership.

Then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the fifty-first Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on February 7, 2015.

January 25, 2021

Global Governance
To Prevent Pandemics and Protect Biodiversity, Combat Wildlife Crime

The Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime proposes a practical approach to tackling the illicit trade in wild animals. The world should embrace it.

A newborn baby pangolin climbs the walls of a cage during a news conference at Thai customs in Bangkok on April 20, 2011.

January 19, 2021

Democracy
Biden’s Summit for Democracy Is More Needed Than Ever

The Biden administration should still host its proposed Summit for Democracy provided it approaches it 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.

March 18, 2021

Oceans and Seas
Gone Fishing

Industrial overfishing and other man-made factors have pushed one-third of the world’s fish stocks to be threatened with extinction, and many other species are not far behind. The problem represents …

Podcast A large trawl with fish was dragged onto the deck of the ship

December 23, 2020

Global Governance
Up in the Air: Ten Global Summits That Will Test Joe Biden in 2021

Ten major summits in 2021 will help determine the future of international security, freedom, prosperity, development, health, and indeed of the planet itself.

Two men with surgical masks on stand in front of a large screen showing a virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020, which was hosted in Malaysia on November 20, 2020.