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July 22, 2021

Climate Change
The EU Green Deal Just Raised the Bar on Climate Policy

When it comes to climate change diplomacy, the European Union is the world’s heavy hitter. But the ultimate fate of their new Fit for 55 plan will depend on three factors. 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen looks on during a news conference to present the EU's new climate policy proposals, with a screen displaying trees and “European Green” behind her, in Brussels, Belgium on July 14, 2021.

July 19, 2021

Climate Change
The EU's 'Fit for 55' Just Raised the Bar on Climate Policy

When it comes to climate change diplomacy, the European Union is the world’s heavy hitter. But will the world follow its lead?

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presents the EU's new climate policy proposals standing from a podium in front of a screen that says “European Green Deal,” as EU Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni sits next to her, in Brussels, Belgium on July 14, 2021.

July 12, 2021

Global Governance
Ending Modern Slavery Must Be Part of ‘Build Back Better’

Turning the world’s pious words into concrete actions to end modern slavery will require focused attention from world leaders, generous resources from wealthy governments, and an end to impunity for …

Activists with black tape over their mouths and signs in hand take part in a 'Walk for Freedom' to protest against human trafficking in Berlin, Germany on October 20, 2018.

June 23, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

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June 18, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations

Looking for something to read or watch? Here is a list of all the books and films recommended on The Water’s Edge.

https://www.cfr.org/blog/twe-book-and-film-recommendations

June 15, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Biden and Johnson’s ‘New Atlantic Charter’ Has Big Shoes to Fill

The New Atlantic Charter seeks to rally the West at a time of global crisis. Whether it has a similar, enduring influence is likely to depend more on domestic U.S. political developments than on glob…

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden smile at each other while sitting in front of their respective flags during their meeting, ahead of the G7 summit, at Carbis Bay, Cornwall in Britain on June 10, 2021.

June 14, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Where Is the G7 Headed?

The Group of Seven (G7) serves as a forum to coordinate global policy, but experts are increasingly questioning the group’s relevance.

G7 leaders pose for a group photo at the June 2021 summit in Cornwall, England.

June 10, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
America’s ‘Return’ Might Not Be Enough to Revive the West

Is America back and able to make the West once again the core of an open, rules-based world order? Biden and his counterparts have an opportunity to prove skeptics wrong this week.

Military personnel march to welcome U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden upon the evening arrival of Air Force One at Cornwall Airport in Britain on June 9, 2021.

June 8, 2021

Global Governance
Bringing the High Seas Biodiversity Treaty Into Port

The high seas are poorly governed. Ratifying the proposed high seas pact would plug this gaping hole and help preserve the future of life on nearly half of the planet.

A trevally chases fusiliers near Malaysia's Lankayan Island, located in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion, in the state of Sabah near Borneo on January 9, 2004.

June 7, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Biden Seeks to Revive U.S.-Europe Relations

Is America back and able to make the West once again the core of an open, rules-based world order? Biden and his counterparts have an opportunity to prove skeptics wrong this week.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stands in front of a European Council symbol, making a joint statement with European Council President Donald Tusk ahead of a meeting at EU Council headquarters in Brussels on February 6, 2015.