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July 7, 2021

Latin America
A Socially Conservative Left Is Gaining Traction in Latin America

The electoral strength of the right is pushing Latin America’s leftists away from progressive causes.

Pedro Castillo speaks to a crowd

March 12, 2021

Central America
Making Anti-Corruption Reforms Stick in the Northern Triangle

The Biden administration made a bold commitment to support the region’s prosecutors in their fight against impunity. But corrupt courts, business associations, and legislatures could derail the progr…

A woman wearing a blue and white shroud

August 17, 2021

China
China’s Threat to Taiwan, With Oriana Skylar Mastro

Oriana Skylar Mastro, center fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and non-resident senior fellow at American Enterprise Institute, sits down with J…

Podcast Soldiers stand on deck of the ambitious transport dock Yimen Shan of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy as it participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China's PLA Navy in the sea near Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province, on April 23, 2019.

August 3, 2021

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Future of Arms Control, With Rose Gottemoeller

Rose Gottemoeller, former deputy secretary general of NATO and Payne distinguished lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for Internationa…

Podcast .S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.

August 4, 2021

Tanzania
Arrests of Tanzanian Opposition Underline Need for Constitutional Reform

On July 21, Freeman Mbowe, chairman of Tanzania’s main opposition party, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (the Party for Democracy and Progress, CHADEMA), and ten other party members were arrested in Mwanza, apparently for violating a ban on “unnecessary gatherings.” The ban, enacted the day prior, was officially billed as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. Yet its timing, coming just before a conference on discussing constitutional reform, and the charges levelled against Mbowe—the party leader is accused, without evidence, of funding terrorist activities aimed at assassinating government leaders—suggest the true intent is to suppress calls for much-needed constitutional reform.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and former President Jakaya Kikwete stand side-by-side.

August 6, 2021

Global
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Actual World Events

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films inspired by reality. 

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: Charlie Wilson's War (a man, woman, and another man in sunglasses look out); Breaker Morant (three men in military uniforms stand over scenes of combat); Invictus (a man in a green and yellow rugby uniform looks triumphant in front of a crowd with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela behind him).

March 21, 2002

United States
Bennett Freeman Named First Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow in Business and Foreign Policy

For immediate release Contact: Lisa Shields, Director of Communications, 212.434.9888 March 20, 2002 – The Council on Foreign Relations has named Bennett Freeman, a former senior official a…

July 26, 2018

Energy and Environment
Applying Blockchain Technology to Electric Power Systems

Blockchain does not singularly address the various challenges that the electricity sector faces, but it should be one of a portfolio of technology options to address those challenges. And its potential as a platform technology might be transformative.

Illustration of a smart city concept (iStoch/Getty Images)

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.

July 26, 2018

Russia
U.S.-Russia Relations With Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, jo…

Podcast U.S. and Russian flags are seen flying outside the Russian Presidential Palace