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February 23, 2021

Yemen
A Conversation With Senator Chris Murphy

Senator Chris Murphy discusses the future of U.S. foreign policy in the Persian Gulf, the status of American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and the foreign policy priorities for the 117th Co…

Play Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), speaks during a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on US Policy in the Middle East on Capitol Hill

February 18, 2021

News Release
CFR Launches Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation Project on the Future of Democracy

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) announces the launch of a project on the future of democracy, funded by a generous grant from the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation, that will identify threats …

February 11, 2021

United States
A Conversation With CFR President Richard N. Haass

CFR President Richard N. Haass discusses the domestic and foreign policy challenges facing the United States and their relevance to state and local agendas. Learn more about CFR’s State and Local …

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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. If you are lucky enough…

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 8, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Whither US Foreign Policy?

Biden’s emerging foreign policy signals a return to the post–World War II tradition. But it will be a long time before the U.S. can lead by the power of its example.

President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy address as Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken listen

February 2, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
One Year Later: Global Health Lessons From 2020

On the one-year anniversary of Think Global Health, CFR’s website devoted to global health, our panelists discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about the role of global healt…

Play Rows of healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment in white with orange masks and blue masks prepare to treat patients at the emergency hospital for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Indonesia

January 21, 2021

United States
Transition 2021 Series: Renewing the U.S. State Department

Panelists discuss the future of the U.S Department of State under the next administration, including possible reforms to the agency’s priorities, culture, structure, and workforce. The Transition …

Play The U.S. Department of State is seen on January 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Tensions are high in the middle-east after a U.S. air strike in Iraq killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian military leader.

January 21, 2021

Transition 2021
Biden’s First Foreign Policy Move: Reentering International Agreements

Biden has moved to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization. They likely won’t be the last international agreements and institutions that the United States reenters.

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