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April 6, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Will the JCPOA Negotiations Abandon American Hostages in Iran?

Lifting sanctions without gaining freedom for American hostages--again.

February 22, 2021

Climate Change
How Biden Can Embrace Environmental Stewardship

The dramatic loss of global biodiversity poses a grave threat to humanity. The Biden administration has two golden opportunities to embrace environmental stewardship. 

Surrounded by lush jungle, a ray of light shines down through the trees on a tourist guide searching for monkeys with binoculars at the Manu National Park in Peru's southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. The park one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.

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 30, 2020

Transition 2021
Biden’s Environmental Agenda Must Go Beyond Climate Change

The cost of humanity’s assault on the planet is astronomical. Biden has a golden opportunity to help the world change its disastrous trajectory by elevating biodiversity conservation in U.S. foreign …

A Blue Jeans Dart Frog is seen at La Selva biological station in Sarapiqui, in this January 12, 2006 file picture.

October 15, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Changing Style of African Coups

As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.

A picture of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, the country's largest city.

April 22, 2021

Technology and Innovation
America’s New Challenge: Confronting the Crisis in Food Security

Advances in emerging technologies hold the promise to both alleviate the food crisis and amplify American influence abroad.

A farmer drives a tractor in his field while planting potatoes.

April 21, 2021

Global Governance
The Biden Administration and the Future of Multilateralism

For multilateralism to be credible, the Biden administration will need to reconsolidate a U.S. political consensus on global engagement and persuade foreign partners of America’s global staying power…

U.S. President Joe Biden gives remarks with a mask in his hand, in front of a portrait of a pensive President Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2021.

February 13, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Corrosion of World Order in the Age of Donald Trump

Can the world still work together to address today’s most pressing global challenges? A broken economic order, Trump’s incoherent foreign policy, and the corrosion of trust offer little to be optimis…

An American flag is illuminated in the empty U.S. Capitol rotunda in Washington, U.S. on January 24, 2020.

October 29, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bill Weld, Republican Presidential Candidate

Update: Bill Weld announced on March 18, 2020, that he was ending his campaign.  Bill Weld was the first Republican to officially announce he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presid…

Bill Weld

February 22, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
The Kerry Negotiations

Secretary of State Kerry continues his "peace process" efforts at hammering out a comprehensive deal, or at least a framework deal, between Israelis and Palestinians. Two recent articles are reminde…