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May 5, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

May 4, 2021

Infrastructure
A U.S. Broadband Build-Out Should Require Open Access

To avoid falling behind the rest of the world on internet speed and access, the United States should rapidly deploy fiber-optic internet nationwide with a policy of "open access." 

President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan during an event in Pittsburgh, on March 31, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

May 4, 2021

Infrastructure
A U.S. Broadband Build-Out Should Require Open Access

To avoid falling behind the rest of the world on internet speed and access, the United States should rapidly deploy fiber-optic internet nationwide with a policy of "open access." 

President Joe Biden speaks about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan during an event in Pittsburgh, on March 31, 2021.

May 3, 2021

Energy and Environment
To Save the Natural World, Put a Price on It

Collapsing biodiversity is a major ecological emergency. In the wake of Earth Day, it’s worth stepping back to consider the financial value of biodiversity's ecosystem services.

Fish swim above a coral reef in the Red Sea offshore of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology near the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 17, 2019.

April 30, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Representation for Afghan Women

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers April 17 to April 30.

Women in Afghanistan vote in the presidential elections in Kabul.

April 30, 2021

Benin
Benin's Democracy Continues its Downward Spiral

Benin has been something of a poster child for African democracy following its move away from Marxism–Leninism after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But since Patrice Talon was elected in 2016, the president has systematically squeezed the substance out of the democratic and constitutional forms, leaving only a shell.

Benin President Patrice Talon speaks with a group of observers from the African Union; all are wearing masks, while the observers wear vests and the president wears a suit.

April 30, 2021

Palestinian Territories
After the "Postponement" of Palestinian Elections, Now What?

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has now “postponed” parliamentary elections scheduled for May 22. As I noted in a previous blog post and in an article in Fathom, this was no real surpri…

April 29, 2021

Global Governance
Can Solar Geoengineering Be Used as a Weapon?

The premise that solar geoengineering is weaponizable is either false or grossly overstated. It is time to leave such distractions behind and focus more squarely on the real dilemmas of this otherwis…

The bright sun rises over a sky filled with hazy clouds behind Saint Michael's Church and Glastonbury Tor, in Glastonbury, Britain.

April 29, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Supporting African Vaccinations is in U.S. and Global Interest

When it comes to fighting COVID, the Biden Administration has made it clear that tamping down the threat domestically is its first priority. 

Kenyan tour guides and travel operators queue to receive the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), under the COVAX scheme, in Nairobi, Kenya, April 27, 2021

April 28, 2021

Asia
The Strategic Consequences of India’s COVID-19 Crisis

Daniel S. Markey is a senior research professor and academic director of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies' (SAIS) master of arts in global policy program. Last week, as the m…

Indian army soldiers walk along a road near Zojila mountain pass that connects Srinagar to the union territory of Ladakh, bordering China, on February 28, 2021.