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April 5, 2021

Global Governance
A Concert of Powers Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come—and Gone

A global concert of major powers has undeniable attraction as a potential deus ex machina in our age of global turbulence. But its elegant simplicity is a mirage.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sit at a table in a hotel conference room, facing Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, and Wang Yi, China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister, with U.S. and Chinese flags in the background, at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.

April 1, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

March 25, 2021

Human Trafficking
Collaborating to Break the Cycle of Modern Slavery

This article was authored by Richard Samans, director of research at the International Labor Organization and chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. He served previously as managing dire…

A coffee farmworker is shown during a state inspection to detect potential cases of modern slavery in Campos Altos, Brazil.

March 19, 2021

Niger
Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou Awarded Mo Ibrahim Prize for Excellence in African Leadership

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, set to step down after two terms as president, was last week awarded the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

A picture of Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou speaking before the UN General Assembly.

February 10, 2021

United States
TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-five men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay, which has been revised …

White House

February 8, 2021

Economics
Farewell

I am stepping down from my position at the Council of Foreign Relations to take a new job. That, among other things, means that I will not be blogging here for the foreseeable future. I am enormou…

February 1, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
The Threat of Human Trafficking to National Security, Economic Growth, and Sustainable Development

This blog post was authored by Jamille Bigio, senior fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy program, and Elena Ortiz, intern in the Women and Foreign Policy program. Despite widespread condemnatio…

Women attend a protest against human trafficking in Berlin.

January 12, 2021

Transition 2021
Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations

By now you no doubt have heard that President Donald Trump will skip President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday. Given Trump’s role in inciting last week’s mob attack on the Capitol Buil…

Capitol

January 8, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: A Divisive and Damaging Presidency Nears Its End

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The mob that stormed the Capitol Building this week highlighted how Donald Trump’s pr…

Pro-Trump protestors line the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building waving flags and hanging Trump 2020 banners.

January 5, 2021

China
"Road Kill in a Game of Chicken": China, Canada, and the United States

It has been over two years since Chinese officials detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. How the next U.S. administration handles this issue could foreshadow the future of U.S.-Canada…

People hold signs calling for China to release Canadian detainees Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, in Vancouver, Canada on March 6, 2019.