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April 29, 2021

Economics
Transition 2021 Series: U.S.-Saudi Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?

Panelists discuss the future of the U.S.-Saudi relationship under the Biden administration and its implications for American foreign policy in the Middle East. The Transition 2021 series examines …

Play U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to the country, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

April 7, 2021

China
Academic Webinar: U.S. Response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Susan A. Thornton, senior fellow at Yale University’s Paul Tsai China Center and visiting lecturer in law, leads a conversation on the challenges that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) poses to …

Play Chinese ship.

March 24, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021 Series: U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan

The Transition 2021 series examines the major foreign policy issues confronting the Biden administration.  

Play Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani gestures during celebrations to mark Afghan New Year (Newroz), in Kabul

March 15, 2021

Defense and Security
Is Democracy in Decline?

Panelists discuss the future of democracy in the United States, including the actions that led to the siege of the Capitol and the threats facing U.S. democracy in its wake, how the Biden administrat…

Play Numerous national flags are seen in front of the United Nations Office (UNOG) on June 8, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.

March 11, 2021

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
David A. Morse Lecture With Jens Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discusses the NATO 2030 initiative and his vision to strengthen and modernize the transatlantic alliance. The David A. Morse Lecture was inaugurated in 1994…

Play NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg video conference on security and defence and on the EU's Southern Neighborhood in Brussels

February 24, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
CFR Academic Webinar: Should We Stay or Should We Go? America's Role in the Middle East

F. Gregory Gause III, department head and professor of international affairs and John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, leads a conversation…

Play Soldier in the Middle East.

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 22, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021 Series: How to Deal With Russia

Panelists discuss U.S. - Russia relations, including issues such as Ukraine, cybersecurity, and the domestic political outlook in both countries.  The Transition 2021 series examines the major iss…

Play Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the first day of the G20 economic summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.

February 16, 2021

Defense and Security
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses her new book, The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. In an unlikely showdown in northeastern Syria in 2014, an all-female militia faced of…

Play Sawoushka Ahmed, a Kurdish female fighter stands with a gun in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas.