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Virtual Roundtable: The Rise of Economic Inequality (CFR)

Speakers Jason Furman Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Valerie Wilson Director, Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy, Economic Policy Institute Presider Gideon Rose Mary and David Boies Distinguished Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations Virtual Roundtable: The Rise of Economic Inequality | Council on Foreign […]

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Global Climate Agreements: Successes and Failures (Lindsay Maizland, CFR)

Countries have debated how to combat climate change since the early 1990s. These negotiations have produced several important accords, including the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Governments generally agree on the science behind climate change but have diverged on who is most responsible and how to set emissions-reduction goals. Experts say the Paris Agreement […]

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Cryptocurrencies, Digital Dollars, and the Future of Money (Anshu Siripurapu, CFR)

Cryptocurrencies, Digital Dollars, and the Future of Money | Council on Foreign Relations (cfr.org)

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Could the AUKUS Deal Strengthen Deterrence Against China—And Yet Come at a Real Cost to Australia? (James Curran, CFR)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a state memorial honouring victims of the Australian bushfires at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on February 23, 2020. Loren Elliott/Reuters Following last week’s inauguration of the AUKUS defense partnership, which will see Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines drawing on British and U.S. technology, few could […]

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9/11/War on Terror/USA. Who Won the War on Terror? (CFR)

Speakers Daniel L. Byman Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution; Author, Road Warriors: Foreign Fighters in the Armies of Jihad Nelly Lahoud Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America; Author, The Bin Laden Papers: How the Abbottabad Raid Revealed the Truth About Al-Qaeda, Its Leader and […]

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Global Security. The 9/11 Effect and the Transformation of Global Security (RSIS, PISM, CIGI, CFR, and SWP)

The scale and audacity of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, spurred sweeping changes in the way the United States, its partners, and adversaries used the machinery of state and technology to respond to threats. In this Council of Councils global perspectives, five experts reflect on the legacy of the attacks and offer insights into the […]

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Intelligence. Spying 101 (Gabrielle Sierra, Emily Harding, Edward Lucas, CFR)

The glamour and thrill of espionage, brought to life on screen by characters such as James Bond, have long captivated imaginations. But this profession is deeply misunderstood, and it is always changing. Today, spycraft hangs in the balance as new technologies emerge and societies change. Spying 101 | Council on Foreign Relations (cfr.org)

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Afghan Refugees. Where Will Afghan Refugees Go? (Lindsay Maizland, CFR)

Tens of thousands of Afghans have scrambled to flee their country since the Taliban took over Kabul and much of the rest of the country last month. Half a million people could flee Afghanistan [PDF] by the end of the year, according to the UN refugee agency. Historical refugee flows offer insights into where Afghans could go in […]

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Global Health. Noncommunicable Diseases Kill Slowly in Normal Times and Quickly in COVID-19 Times (Thomas J. Bollyky, Serena Tohme, Samantha Kiernan, CFR)

Ten years ago, Captain America and The Hangover Part II were kings of the summer movie box office, Occupy Wall Street protestors were flooding into Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stood before the UN General Assembly, declaring that it was time to address the surge of cancers, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) globally. His […]

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Afghanistan/Iran. Where Iran Stands on the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan (Ray Takeyh, CFR)

How has Iran reacted to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan? It has welcomed the departure of U.S. forces and pledged to work with the Taliban government. New Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said, “America’s military defeat must become an opportunity to restore life, security, and durable peace in Afghanistan.” But the collapse of the Afghan government came […]

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Cuba – What’s Next for Cuba? (CFR)

Speakers Nora Gámez Torres Reporter, Cuba and U.S.-Latin American Policy, Nuevo Herald and Miami Herald Lillian Guerra Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History and Director, Cuba Program, University of Florida Jason I. Poblete Partner, Poblete Tamargo; President, Global Liberty Alliance Presider Kezia McKeague Director, McLarty Associates; CFR Term Member Panelists discuss what sparked recent protests in Cuba, how the […]

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Afghanistan/USA – How the Afghan Army Collapsed Under the Taliban’s Pressure (CFR)

Max Boot A reporter asked U.S. President Joe Biden in July whether a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was inevitable. “No, it is not,” he said, pointing to the presence of three hundred thousand “well-equipped” Afghan security personnel. Little more than a month later, the Afghan military completely collapsed. It lost control of much of the country, often without putting […]