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December 9, 2021

Fossil Fuels
To Tackle Climate Change, Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground

As oil rigs and coal plants churn on, national emissions targets grow increasingly disingenuous and infeasible. To prevent the worst implications of the climate crisis, it is time to target the suppl…

The sun sets behind the chimneys of the Total Grandpuits oil refinery, southeast of Paris, France, March 1, 2021.

December 24, 2019

Elections and Voting
Deval Patrick

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

Deval Patrick

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

April 29, 2021

Energy and Environment
Biden’s Ambitious Climate Pledge Puts U.S. Credibility on the Line

Biden’s Earth Day summit leaves important, lingering questions, the most important of these being the feasibility and credibility of his plans.

U.S. President Joe Biden looks on between Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, left, and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, right, during a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 23, 2021.

August 10, 2020

Human Rights
U.S. Effort to ‘Nationalize’ Human Rights Undermines Them at Home and Abroad

The draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights provides a gift to despotic regimes and reveals the Trump administration’s hypocritical human rights policy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits on stage in front of a large State Department logo before giving remarks on the draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.