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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 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
The Regional Implications of Myanmar’s Coup

The coup in Myanmar in early February, the country’s first in more than three decades, has reshaped Myanmar’s political landscape. The country had been on a shaky path toward some kind of democracy, …

Myanmar Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing salutes as he attends an event marking the anniversary of Martyrs' Day at the Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon on July 19, 2016.

February 11, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Why Ending FGM Advances U.S. Interests

This guest post was authored by Maryum Saifee, a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer and alumna of the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship program. Ms. Saifee i…

Dawoodi Bohra women walk past a construction site.

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 3, 2021

China
China’s Abuse of the Uighurs: Does the Genocide Label Fit?

While multiple reports indicate that China has committed major abuses of the Uighur minority group, determining the most serious charges is difficult.

Chinese flags on a road leading to a facility in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region believed to be a reeducation camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained.

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.

January 11, 2021

Politics and Government
Donald Trump’s Costly Legacy

History will judge the Trump presidency to have been a consequential one, but more for its destructive effects than for its achievements.

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC

January 28, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East.

China and Russia are spreading their vaccines—and forging new ties—to some of Washington’s closest allies.

December 29, 2020

United States
Healing and Paying With National Service

As the Biden administration takes shape, an emphasis on voluntary national service, namely young adults volunteering national service at home, abroad or in the military in exchange for tuition waiver…

An Americorps volunteer uses a hammer while renovating a house

December 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
What Will the Biden Administration Mean for Southeast Asia?

Although President Donald Trump has not conceded the United States presidential election and is mounting multiple dubious legal challenges to the results, President-elect Joe Biden is moving ahead wi…

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the press next to Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore on July 26, 2013.