Biden Addresses SOTU, Iran Holds Elections, Bosnia’s Pipeline Feud, and More
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by Council on Foreign Relations
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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his last State of the Union address before elections to a polarized Congress; Iran holds its first parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections since the 2022 protests sparked by the death of activist Mahsa Amini; Bosnia and Herzegovina marks independence as ethnic divisions fester; and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) welcomes Sweden as its newest member state.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Arash Ghafouri and Alex Vatanka, “Five Key Takeaways From New Poll Ahead of Iran’s Parliamentary Elections,” Middle East Institute   Andrew H ..read more
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Grim Ukraine War Anniversary, WTO in Limbo, Blinken’s Lula and Milei Tour, and More
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by Council on Foreign Relations
1w ago
Ukraine marks the second anniversary of Russia’s large-scale invasion; the World Trade Organization (WTO) holds its thirteenth ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi amid deep uncertainty about progress on dispute settlement system reform; U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Argentina and Brazil to forge stronger U.S.-South America ties; and the World Health Organization raises alarm about the situation at the Gaza Strip’s Nasser Hospital.   Mentioned on the Podcast   “Is Anyone Still Afraid of the United States?: A Conversation With Robert Gates,” Foreign Affairs   I ..read more
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60th Munich Security Conference, African Union’s Conflict-Laden Agenda, Bellicose North Korea, and More
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by Council on Foreign Relations
2w ago
World leaders gather for the sixtieth Munich Security Conference with growing concerns about a continued war in Ukraine and threats to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cohesion; the African Union holds its annual summit as multiple crises mount, including armed conflict and democratic blacksliding; Kim Jong Un increases aggressive language and acts as North Korea prepares to celebrate the late father and leader Kim Jong Il’s birthday; and former Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is nominated to lead a coalition government as the new prime minister.   Mentioned on the Podcas ..read more
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Chile’s Inferno, NATO Ramps Up Security Exercises, Indonesia’s Presidential Election, and More
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by Council on Foreign Relations
3w ago
Chile works to recover from the devastating wildfire in its central Valparaíso region; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) continues with its 2024 Steadfast Defender exercise, the largest since the Cold War, while uncertainty over members’ commitment grows; Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, holds vast general elections; and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attempts to reach a deal for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and hostage release.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Nicolas Camut and Jakob Hanke Vela, “As Trump Looms, Top EU Politician Calls for European N ..read more
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Biden Confronts Iran, China’s Lunar New Year Economic Slowdown, Pakistan’s Flawed Elections, and More
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by Council on Foreign Relations
1M ago
The Joe Biden administration contends with how to respond to a deadly attack on U.S. service members at a base in Jordan while also preventing a wider regional war; a faltering economy clouds festivities as millions of Chinese travel home for Lunar New Year; Pakistan will elect a new prime minister and National Assembly, but lackluster candidates, economic crisis, and unraveling security situation loom over the vote; and Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger announce their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States, increasing security concerns in western Africa.   Mentioned on ..read more
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Rebels Gain As Myanmar Marks Coup Anniversary, EU's Ukraine Aid Challenge, Kenya’s Pending Mission to Haiti, and More
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by Council on Foreign Relations
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The Three Brotherhood Alliance and other armed ethnic groups in Myanmar pose a significant threat to regime control as the country enters its third year under junta rule; the European Union (EU) meets for a special summit on military aid for Ukraine, but concerns remain over Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán; Kenya’s high court will decide whether if it is constitutional for Kenya to lead a multinational peacekeeping mission to Haiti; and hundreds of thousands across Germany protest against the Alternative for Germany’s anti-immigration policies.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Bruc ..read more
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U.S.-Iran Proxy War Intensifies, Sudan Conflict Rages On, Sundance Film Festival Marks Forty Years, and More
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by Council on Foreign Relations
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More than one hundred days into the war in the Gaza Strip, hostilities continue to escalate region-wide, marked by clashes between proxies of Iran and U.S. forces; Sudan’s civil war worsens as a new diplomatic initiative stalls, the Sundance Film Festival celebrates its fortieth anniversary; and the small island nation of Nauru cuts ties with Taiwan.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Films, Sundance Film Festival 2024   Joshua Kurlantzick, “Taiwan’s Presidential Election Elicits Strong Response in Indo-Pacific,” CFR.org   Kali Robinson, “Who Governs the Palestinians?,” CFR.org ..read more
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Mideast Tensions Grow, Consumer Electronics Show Spotlights AI, Divided U.S. Congress Returns, and More
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by Council on Foreign Relations
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken returns to the Middle East as the region reacts to attacks in Iran, Lebanon, and the Red Sea; the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas previews new products and services equipped with artificial intelligence (AI); the U.S. Congress returns from its holiday recess with divisions over migration and defense aid; and the stabbing of South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung stirs fears ahead of elections.   Recommended Listening   “The Year of AI and Elections,” Why It Matters   For an episode transcript and show notes, visit The Wo ..read more
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The World Next Year: Stories to Watch in 2024
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by Council on Foreign Relations
2M ago
In this special, year-end episode, Nahal Toosi, Politico’s senior correspondent for foreign affairs and national security, joins Robert McMahon and Carla Anne Robbins to review the biggest events of 2023 and the stories to keep an eye on in the coming year. They discuss instability caused by the Israel-Hamas war and Russia’s war in Ukraine, the global push for a greener future, challenges to immigration policy, the numerous elections of 2024, U.S. global leadership, and more.    Mentioned on the Podcast   Matthieu Favas, “The Green Transition Will Transform The Global Economic O ..read more
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Guyana-Venezuela Border Dispute, Missile Defense Base in Poland, DRC Elections, and More
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by Council on Foreign Relations
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Guyana and Venezuela begin discussion on a territorial dispute over the Essequibo region; the Redzikowo U.S. missile defense base in Poland becomes operable; the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) holds presidential elections; and Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny goes missing.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Will Freeman, “Will Venezuela invade Guyana?,” CFR   Michelle Gavin, “The Democratic Republic of Congo Holds Tense Elections: What to Know,” CFR.org   Recommended Reading   Jerry Lewis, “The Nuclear Option,” Foreign Affairs   Carla Anne Robbins, “Antiball ..read more
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