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July 22, 2019

Political History and Theory
Why Wendell Willkie's Vision of Internationalism Remains Essential Today

In Wendell Willkie, the United States found an unlikely champion of internationalism. 

Wendell Willkie waves to the crowd on his arrival for the ceremonies attending formal notification of his nomination by the Republican party as their candidate in the 1940 U.S. presidential election.

September 10, 2019

United States
Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness

U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA’s role has diminished, and the number of global space competitors is growing.

Space Launch

July 25, 2019

Global Governance
Apathy Continues to Plague Global Health

In a world awash in troubles, nothing less than catastrophe will spur policymakers to forceful action on global health. Unfortunately, concerted action could come too late to prevent local crises fro…

A health worker checks the temperature of a woman as part of the Ebola screening upon entering the General Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo on July 15, 2019.

July 17, 2019

Space
The Moon Landing Anniversary Confronts America With a Fateful Choice

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, U.S. policymakers face the choice of whether to put humanity on a trajectory of peaceful cooperation or dangerous militarization in space. 

 Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed U.S. flag on the lunar surface.

July 15, 2019

Sustainable Development Goals (UN)
Taking Stock of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This week, representatives from UN member states meet to discuss progress on six goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

Then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 22, 2016.

July 25, 2019

Global Governance
The World May Need Geoengineering, and Geoengineering Needs Governance

Failing to study and develop geoengineering methods to help prevent the severe effects of climate change would be irresponsible. Failing to govern them properly would be even more so.

Residents flee as winds whip flames from the Morgan fire near Clayton, California on September 9, 2013.

July 8, 2019

Oceans and Seas
Why the UN Pact on High Seas Biodiversity Is Too Important to Fail

The UN Pact on High Seas Biodiversity represents a long-overdue acknowledgment that the fate of the ocean will help determine our own. But success will require reconciling the divergent interests of …

Coral reef and the ocean

August 30, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 30, 2019

U.S. cyberattack diminished Iran’s ability to target oil tankers; U.S.-China tech decoupling continues; U.S. government prepares for 2020 election ransomware attacks; and malicious code used by Chine…

Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz, December 21, 2018.

August 27, 2019

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $16 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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July 18, 2019

Development
Development Turns Competitive With Mixed Results

A vast gulf remains between development financing and development goals. International competition could help bridge that gap, but has produced mixed results to date.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun at the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, China, on April 25, 2019.