Foreign Affairs

Could Biden’s Use of Sanctions Affect U.S.-Canada Relationship?
Think Tanks
Could Biden’s Use of Sanctions Affect U.S.-Canada Relationship?
2021-05-10 15:05:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While much has been studied about President Biden’s first 100 days in office, most of that analysis has focused on how the administration’s actions impact American citizens or relationships with the world’s other great powers, but many wonder... Read More

Middle East Needs to Move to 'A New Economic Model,' According to IMF Official
Think Tanks
Middle East Needs to Move to 'A New Economic Model,' According to IMF Official
2021-05-07 19:54:36
by Daniel Mollenkamp

An official from the International Monetary Fund argued this week that the Middle East and Central Asia regions should shift towards a new and inclusive economic model as they emerge from the pandemic, echoing IMF claims that this is the... Read More

UK Ambassador Says Integrated Review Responds to ‘Nasty Age in the 21st Century’
Foreign Affairs
UK Ambassador Says Integrated Review Responds to ‘Nasty Age in the 21st Century’
2021-05-07 17:43:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Following its recent withdrawal from the European Union, the United Kingdom published an Integrated Review setting out a vision for a renewed role in the world. This comprehensive document also underlines that the U.K. and the U.S. take... Read More

Focused On Diversity And Global Health, Power Takes The Helm of USAID
Foreign Affairs
Focused On Diversity And Global Health, Power Takes The Helm of USAID
2021-05-05 14:14:28
by Daniel Mollenkamp

In the middle of her first day as the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, deep into meetings about inclusivity and diversity in the agency and the rise in coronavirus cases in India, Samantha Power noticed a paper... Read More

Biden Administration Pledges Aid to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge
Foreign Affairs
Biden Administration Pledges Aid to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge
2021-04-27 18:34:00
by Reece Nations

NEW DELHI — President Joe Biden vowed to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi secure medical resources to help India combat the rampant spread of COVID-19 during a diplomatic call on Monday, affirming the United States’ support for its ally after... Read More

Biden Aims For U.S. ‘Leadership’ On Climate, Announces Reduction in Emissions
Climate
Biden Aims For U.S. ‘Leadership’ On Climate, Announces Reduction in Emissions
2021-04-22 20:02:53
by Daniel Mollenkamp

At a virtual summit on climate change attended by 40 world leaders on Thursday, President Joseph Biden announced that the U.S. would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half over the next decade. Biden’s plan promises to lower greenhouse gas... Read More

Senators Pressure Biden to Release Vaccine Formula
Health
Senators Pressure Biden to Release Vaccine Formula
2021-04-21 19:32:09
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - A group of senators is urging President Joe Biden to support an international push to make the basic formula for the COVID-19 vaccine available to less affluent countries that are experiencing vaccine shortages. “Simply put, we must make... Read More

EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit
Climate
EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing on new carbon emissions targets on the eve of a virtual summit... Read More

Fearing Famine in South Sudan, US Commits $95 Million in Aid
Foreign Affairs
Fearing Famine in South Sudan, US Commits $95 Million in Aid
2021-04-20 19:22:44
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The U.S. pledged $95 million in humanitarian assistance to South Sudan last week in an attempt to avoid mass starvation in the coming summer months for those affected by the country's conflict.  South Sudan, which was admitted to the UN... Read More

Think Tank Wants To Restructure WHO After Leniency Toward China
Foreign Affairs
Think Tank Wants To Restructure WHO After Leniency Toward China
2021-04-19 19:03:34
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - A non-partisan think tank and registered lobby firm focused on national security and foreign policy issues released a report this week recommending changes to the structure of the World Health Organization, the UN body that coordinates international health... Read More

Biden's Budget Request Revives Foreign Aid
Foreign Affairs
Biden's Budget Request Revives Foreign Aid
2021-04-14 20:24:07
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- President Joseph Biden's discretionary budget request for the fiscal year 2022 includes significant increases to foreign assistance, reversing the trend of the last four years. Although foreign assistance represents a small part of the overall American budget, it came... Read More

‘Devil is in the Details’ of Corporate Tax Reform
Business
‘Devil is in the Details’ of Corporate Tax Reform
2021-04-09 14:32:23
by Victoria Turner

Just as corporations and tax practitioners are beginning to adjust to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Biden administration’s proposed changes would introduce further complexities into an already complicated system, according to three U.S.-based tax attorneys. Biden’s proposal... Read More

Biden Repeal of Trump ICC Sanctions Welcome, But Concerns Remain
Foreign Affairs
Biden Repeal of Trump ICC Sanctions Welcome, But Concerns Remain
2021-04-06 19:26:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Human rights organizations around the world cheered President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel punitive sanctions against the International Criminal Court, but they also agree serious obstacles remain to achieving justice for some of the world’s worst crimes. The... Read More

Biden Reverses Course on Sanctions Against ICC
Foreign Affairs
Biden Reverses Course on Sanctions Against ICC
2021-04-06 13:25:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced Friday that he is reversing a Trump administration policy that sanctions the International Criminal Court in what he described as another sign of a return of U.S. foreign policy to more cooperation. Trump criticized... Read More

Eritrean Forces Exit Tigray Over G7 Concerns About Human Rights Abuses
International
Eritrean Forces Exit Tigray Over G7 Concerns About Human Rights Abuses
2021-04-06 13:05:40
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The G7 issued a statement expressing concern over human rights abuses in Tigray at the end of last week. Since then, Eritrean forces have begun to withdraw from Tigray, according to information from the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, as reported by... Read More

Iran, World Powers Ready to Welcome Back US to Nuclear Deal
Geopolitics
Iran, World Powers Ready to Welcome Back US to Nuclear Deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — Iran and the major powers in the agreement to keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons said Friday they were ready to welcome the return of the United States to the deal. The chair of the group including... Read More

Blinken Pressures Azerbaijani Bar to Reinstate Human Rights Lawyer
Foreign Affairs
Blinken Pressures Azerbaijani Bar to Reinstate Human Rights Lawyer
2021-03-29 21:28:54
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Speaking to a gathering in Chicago last year, Shahla Humbatova, a lawyer from Azerbaijan, joked that well-meaning human rights lawyers in her country greet each other by asking: "Have you been disbarred yet?" Earlier this month, Humbatova herself was disbarred... Read More

Biden Taps Harris to Take Lead on Response to Border Crisis
Immigration
Biden Taps Harris to Take Lead on Response to Border Crisis
2021-03-24 19:52:36
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of leading the White House effort to get a handle on the surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Biden made the announcement as he and Harris... Read More

America Pledges $80 Million in Aid for Sahel Crisis
Foreign Affairs
America Pledges $80 Million in Aid for Sahel Crisis
2021-03-24 13:13:58
by Daniel Mollenkamp

At the Coalition for the Sahel Ministerial on Friday, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale announced American commitments of more than $80 million for relief to the crisis in the central Sahel. Of the $80 million in... Read More

Blinken Consults NATO About Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
Foreign Affairs
Blinken Consults NATO About Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
2021-03-23 18:58:19
by Daniel Mollenkamp

BRUSSELS- During his tour of America's European allies this week, where he's embracing the need to "revitalize" transatlantic relations, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is also feeling out NATO on whether or not to pull our troops from Afghanistan... Read More

Alarming Lapses in Inspection of Drugs Made in Foreign Countries
Prescription Drugs
Alarming Lapses in Inspection of Drugs Made in Foreign Countries
2021-03-10 14:33:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A government report released Tuesday raised alarms about the quality of pharmaceuticals made in foreign countries but consumed by Americans. It said the purity of the drugs is questionable because of a lack of adequate inspections by the... Read More

WHO Cancels Interim Report on Origins of COVID-19 Amid Tensions
Geopolitics
WHO Cancels Interim Report on Origins of COVID-19 Amid Tensions
2021-03-08 18:31:37
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A fiery open letter signed by an international collection of scientists together with growing tensions between China and the U.S. caused the World Health Organization investigators this week to cancel an interim report on the origins of the coronavirus based... Read More

White House Suspends Tariffs on Scotch Whiskey and EU Wine
Trade
White House Suspends Tariffs on Scotch Whiskey and EU Wine
2021-03-05 20:34:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The White House on Thursday agreed to suspend millions of dollars worth of tariffs on U.K. exports, including Scotch whisky, as part of an effort to resolve a long-running trans-Atlantic trade dispute over aerospace subsidies. In a joint... Read More

Trump Rule on China Tech Transactions to Remain in Place
Geopolitics
Trump Rule on China Tech Transactions to Remain in Place
2021-03-01 19:23:04
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A Trump-era regulation allowing the Department of Commerce to block technology-related business transactions determined to be national security threats will remain in place, against the wishes of some of the country's business stakeholders. The rule, scheduled to take... Read More

Building a T-12 Alliance of Techno-Democracies
In The News
Building a T-12 Alliance of Techno-Democracies
2021-03-01 18:49:05
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — As Beijing accelerates its plan to dominate in key information technology industries, U.S. policy experts are making the case for a new global governance body to curb the influence of techno-autocracies and create a like-minded alliance of techno-democracies... Read More

Biden to Meet With Mexican President Amid Migration Issues
Geopolitics
Biden to Meet With Mexican President Amid Migration Issues

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — a chance for the pair to talk more fully about migration, confronting the coronavirus and cooperating on economic and... Read More

Treasury Dept. Sanctions Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder
Geopolitics
Treasury Dept. Sanctions Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder
2021-02-26 20:52:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on Saudi Arabia’s former deputy head of Intelligence and the nation’s “Rapid Intervention Force” for their roles in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  The move came just... Read More

A Grown-Up Bromance? First Biden/Trudeau Talks Long On Policy
Foreign Affairs
A Grown-Up Bromance? First Biden/Trudeau Talks Long On Policy
2021-02-24 21:40:12
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - If ever there was a sign that a new sheriff is in town in the nation's Capitol, it was the tenor of President Joe Biden's first bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Though the coronavirus forced... Read More

Biden to Lay Out His Foreign Policy at G-7, Munich Summit
Foreign Affairs
Biden to Lay Out His Foreign Policy at G-7, Munich Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden will make his first big appearance on the global stage as president on Friday, offering Group of Seven allies and other foreign leaders a glimpse into his plans to dramatically reshape U.S. foreign policy even... Read More

Vigorous Preparation Returns as Biden Calls Other Leaders
Geopolitics
Vigorous Preparation Returns as Biden Calls Other Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new-old ritual is taking shape in the Biden White House, one that starts with bulky briefing packages, war-gaming the "what-ifs," and Oval Office discussions about how to talk to this or that particular U.S. ally or... Read More

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