Foreign Policy Trends To Look For: 2022

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) focuses on four foreign policy news stories to follow this year. “Any one of them,” the CFR website says, “could turn into the dominant news event of the year — or fade away.  We’ll know in 12 months which will sizzle and which will fizzle.” The top four are:…

The Year’s Global Bright Spots: Part 2

Internationally, there were a few positive developments, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. In a CFR article entitled “The Ten Most Significant World Events in 2021,” James M. Lindsay cites several milestones amidst a series of setbacks. Among them, the seemingly unending global struggle to contain COVID-19. Among the leading pluses of the year,…

President Biden’s Democracy Summit: A Preview

At least 108 countries will participate in a yearend D.C. virtual summit beginning Dec. 9 to strengthen democracies globally. According to the Council on Foreign Relations (the CFR), “the President’s goal will need robust U.S.- European cooperation to succeed.” The gathering is organized around three broad themes: —Defending against authoritarianism —Fighting corruption —Promoting respect globally…

Lessons From Glasgow Climate Summit

The Council on Foreign Relations, a respected observer, summarizes the summit findings in an authoritative essay entitled: “What the Summit Did and Did Not Accomplish”. Its summary: Would you consider COP26 a success?  The quick response, according to the CFR, was blunt: “Yes, but barely.”  The recently-concluded summit, it said, “delivered on its primary goal…