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June 16, 2021

Iran
Iran’s Presidential Election: What to Know

Iran holds its presidential election on June 18, and turnout is expected to be low as the country deals with a battered economy and the ongoing pandemic. But does the Iranian president matter?

April 14, 2021

Afghanistan
Biden’s 9/11 Withdrawal From Afghanistan: What to Know

A complete U.S. military withdrawal by September 11, 2021, could allow the Taliban to take over much of Afghanistan.

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Natanz Blackout: Can the Iran Deal Talks Still Succeed?

Washington and Tehran seem determined to revive the deal that freezes Iran’s nuclear program, despite domestic criticism on both sides and the apparent sabotage of an Iranian facility.

April 7, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Vaccine Passports: What to Know

Some governments and businesses are starting to use digital and paper passes that certify a person has been immunized against COVID-19, spurring debate over the ethics of vaccine passports.

March 5, 2021

Nuclear Energy
The Fukushima Disaster Didn’t Scare the World Off Nuclear Power

In fact, experts say the fight against climate change could spark a nuclear energy revival.

February 10, 2021

Ethiopia
The Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region: What to Know

The military campaign has resulted in a humanitarian crisis and fears of regional instability. A path forward will require international cooperation, careful diplomacy, and an inclusive political pro…

February 9, 2021

Afghanistan
U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan: What Are Biden’s Options?

U.S. troops are supposed to leave by May 1, according to a U.S.-Taliban agreement. But a complete withdrawal could be disastrous.

January 28, 2021

Transition 2021
Countering Violent Extremism: Three Moves Biden Should Make Now

The United States should implement a broad-based strategy to counter the growing threat of violent extremism at home and abroad. Here are three items the Biden administration can focus on.

January 26, 2021

Coronavirus
What Is the Defense Production Act?

Presidents Trump and Biden have turned to the Defense Production Act to deal with a shortage of critical medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. What does the law do?

January 21, 2021

Transition 2021
The Biden-Harris Inauguration: A Tense Tableau

The inauguration of President Joe Biden was unlike any U.S. power transition in modern times, providing stark imagery of a country at a crossroads.