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January 21, 2021

Syrian Civil War
Conflicts to Watch in 2021: What's Next for Syria

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council o…

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters walk in a field of flowers in Idlib, Syria, on April 15, 2020.

January 19, 2021

Russia
Russia

There is no country quite like Russia. Despite having a relatively small economy, it has been able to maintain global influence through a range of unconventional tactics. How has Vladimir Putin playe…

Podcast Photograph of Russia

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.

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 18, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Much Foreign Policy Leverage Is Trump Leaving Biden?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The Biden administration may have less leverage to strike winning deals than he, and …

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

December 15, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Will Biden Handle the Middle East?

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies, and Martin S. Indyk, distinguished fellow at CFR, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the incoming Bide…

Podcast U.S Vice President Joe Biden meets with troops during a visit with Jordan's King Abdullah at a joint Jordanian-American training center.

November 30, 2020

Cybersecurity
How Should Democracies Confront China’s Digital Rise? Weighing the Merits of a T-10 Alliance

Democracies should ask themselves whether forming yet another elite club of wealthy states represents the best means to counter China’s and fellow authoritarians’ digital rise.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump walk off with fellow leaders after a family photo session at the G20 leaders summit.

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

November 13, 2020

United States
America Is Drifting Toward an Iraqi Future

Once a country loses its sense of national identity, a national unraveling is often not far behind.

Pro-Trump (R) and anti-Trump demonstrators argue at the Michigan state capitol on November 08, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

November 18, 2020

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