The World Next Week

A weekly preview of world events in the week ahead from the Council on Foreign Relations.


  • Nord Stream Leaks, Brazil’s Elections, Iranian Protests, and More

    Sep 29 2022

    European leaders investigate the sudden leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, suspecting sabotage; Brazil holds its presidential election amid strong partisan tensions; and Iranians continue their anti-government protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.    Mentioned on the Podcast   The Council on Foreign Relations, “Deforestation in the Amazon,” CFR.org

  • Italy’s Pivotal Election, Putin’s Referendums, U.S.-Pacific Island Summit, and More

    Sep 22 2022

    Italians vote in a snap general election with an expected populist surge; occupied territories in Ukraine stage referendums on whether or not to join Russia; and the Joe Biden administration holds a summit with Pacific Island leaders to counter growing Chinese influence.    Mentioned on the Podcast Jason Horowitz, “Giorgia Meloni May Lead Italy, and Europe Is Worried,” New York Times

  • UNGA77, NATO Military Chiefs Convene, U.S. Inflation, and More

    Sep 15 2022

    World leaders gather for the seventy-seventh session of the UN General Assembly; NATO’s senior military authority meets in Estonia to discuss the war in Ukraine; and the U.S. Federal Reserve plans another interest rate hike to combat inflation. Mentioned on the Podcast   Richard Haass, “Ukraine’s Coming Winter of Decision,” Project Syndicate   James M. Lindsay, “Ukraine’s Counteroffensive, With Max Boot,” The President’s Inbox   James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon, “Secretary Blinken Visits Mexi...more

  • Secretary Blinken Visits Mexico, Sweden’s Election, Big Power Summitry in Uzbekistan, and More

    Sep 08 2022

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Mexico with an economics-focused agenda; Swedes head to the polls for a general election that’s expected to be a close race between the ruling left-wing bloc and right-wing opposition; and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi join leaders from across Asia in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, to discuss regional stability, food security, and trade at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit. ...more

  • IAEA Visits Ukrainian Nuclear Plant, UK Selects New Prime Minister, Chileans Vote on Constitution, and More

    Sep 01 2022

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visits the recently shelled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Russia-occupied Ukraine; the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party chooses the country’s next prime minister; and Chileans vote on a more progressive constitution.    Mentioned on the Podcast   Lillian Posner, “Russian Roulette at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant,” Think Global Health

  • Macron’s Algeria Trip, Drought in China, Anniversary of Afghanistan Withdrawal, and More

    Aug 25 2022

    The United States marks one year since its military withdrawal from Afghanistan; China goes through a severe drought, with repercussions for agriculture, energy, and supply chains; and French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Algeria to try to mend relations.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Alice C. Hill and Madeleine Babin, “What the Historic U.S. Climate Bill Gets Right and Gets Wrong,” CFR.org   Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus   Albert Camus, The Plague   Albert Camus, The Stranger

  • U.S.-South Korea Military Drills, Iran Nuclear Deal Diplomacy, Ukraine’s Independence Day, and More

    Aug 18 2022

    The United States and South Korea hold joint military drills amid mounting tough rhetoric from North Korea; nuclear deal negotiations continue as Iran responds to the European Union’s most recent draft of a revived agreement; and Ukraine marks its Independence Day six months after the Russian invasion began.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Max Boot, “Why Kyiv’s ‘Thousand Bee Sting’ Strategy is Costing Russia Dearly,” Washington Post   Jessica Chen Weiss, “The China Trap,” Foreign Affairs   Steven C...more

  • TWNW Special: What to Read and Listen to This Summer (Rebroadcast)

    Aug 11 2022

    In this special episode of The World Next Week, Heather A. Conley, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re looking forward to reading, and the podcasts they’re listening to for fun this summer. (This is a rebroadcast.)   Read more about Jim, Bob, and Heather’s picks on Jim’s blog, The Water’s Edge.   Jim’s Picks Michael Mandelbaum, The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy ...more

  • Erdoğan Visits Russia, Blinken’s Southeast Asia and Africa Tours, Kenya’s Election, and More

    Aug 05 2022

    Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Sochi; U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Cambodia, the Philippines, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda; and Kenya elects a new president amid a severe drought and the global inflation crisis.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Rachel Chason and Rael Ombuor, “A wild-card candidate in Kenya is sparking an African debate about weed,” Washington Post

  • Russia Tries Journalist, China Celebrates Its Army, UN Meets on Nuclear Weapons, and More

    Jul 28 2022

    A Moscow court considers the case of Marina Ovsyannikova, a Russian reporter who protested the invasion of Ukraine; China celebrates the ninety-fifth anniversary of its People’s Liberation Army amid growing tensions with the United States; and UN member states meet in New York to discuss the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Ely Ratner, “Twelfth Annual South China Sea Conference: Lunch Keynote,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 26, 2022   Ivo H...more

  • Pope Francis Goes to Canada, Petition for Same-Sex Marriage in Ukraine, Pivotal Tunisian Referendum, and More

    Jul 21 2022

    Pope Francis travels to Canada seeking forgiveness from Indigenous communities for Catholic Church abuses; President Volodymyr Zelensky must respond to a petition for same-sex marriage in Ukraine; and President Kais Saied hopes to ratify a controversial new constitution in Tunisia.   Mentioned on the Podcast   Stewart M. Patrick, Reflecting Sunlight to Reduce Climate Risk Priorities for Research and International Cooperation, April 2022   Alice Hill, The Fight for Climate After COVID-19, 2021   ...more

  • Political Chaos in Sri Lanka, ‘Operational Pause’ in Ukraine, Farnborough Airshow, and More

    Jul 15 2022

    Protesters in Sri Lanka storm government buildings as the president flees; Russia declares an “operational pause” in its invasion of Ukraine; the Farnborough Airshow spotlights the future of flight; and the James Webb Space Telescope inspires galactic wonder.   Mentioned on the Podcast   “The Long War in Ukraine, With Michael Kofman,” The President’s Inbox, July 12, 2022   Images from the James Webb Space Telescope 

  • Biden’s Middle East Trip, Meeting With AMLO, and More

    Jul 08 2022

    U.S. President Joe Biden visits Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia and prepares for a meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom reacts to the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader.   Articles Mentioned on the Podcast Michael Stott and Christine Murray, “Why Mexico is missing its chance to profit from US-China decoupling,” Financial Times, July 3, 2022

  • January 6 Hearings, Anniversary of Hong Kong Handover, and More

    Jul 01 2022

    The January 6 committee hearings generate new interest, Hong Kong observes the twenty-fifth anniversary of its handover to China, and migrant smuggling gets new scrutiny after dozens were found dead inside a truck in Texas.   Books and Articles Mentioned    Keith B. Richburg, “Hong Kong Was Not Supposed to Look Like This” (2022)   Diana Roy and Sabine Baumgartner, “Crossing the Darien Gap: Migrants Risk Death on the Journey to the U.S.” (2022)   Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer de Pinto, Fred Backus, ...more

  • High-Stakes G7 and NATO Summits, Humanitarian Aid in Syria, and More

    Jun 23 2022

    Summits of the Group of Seven (G7) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will kick off with discussions on critical issues including the war in Ukraine, COVID-19, and the climate crisis. Also, the United Nations will vote on a vital humanitarian aid channel between Turkey and Syria.    Blog Post Mentioned on the Podcast    Stewart M. Patrick, “The G7, NATO, and the Future of the West” (2022)  

  • TWNW Special: What to Read and Listen to This Summer

    Jun 09 2022

    In this special episode of The World Next Week, Heather A. Conley, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re looking forward to reading, and the podcasts they’re listening to for fun this summer.   Read more about Jim, Bob, and Heather’s picks on Jim’s blog, The Water’s Edge.   Jim’s Picks Michael Mandelbaum, The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy (2022) Richard Cohen, Mak...more

  • Summit of the Americas, One Hundred Days of War in Ukraine, and More

    Jun 03 2022

    The United States hosts the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, Ukraine marks one hundred days since the Russian invasion began, and the EU Foreign Affairs Council convenes in Brussels to talk trade.   Events and Speeches Mentioned on the Podcast   Antony Blinken, “The Administration’s Approach to the People’s Republic of China,” delivered at The George Washington University, May 26, 2022   “Russia's War in Ukraine: How Does it End?” Council on Foreign Relations, May 31, 2022

  • Blinken’s China Strategy Speech, Colombia’s Presidential Election, and More

    May 27 2022

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveils the Biden administration’s China strategy, Colombians go to the polls for a presidential election, and Foreign Affairs magazine debuts its first podcast.   Articles and Speeches Mentioned on the Podcast   Antony Blinken, “The Administration’s Approach to the People’s Republic of China,” delivered at The George Washington University, May 26, 2022   Deborah Elms, “IPEF: The Party Few Wanted to Attend,” Asian Trade Centre, May 23, 2022   Stephen Kotkin...more

  • Biden Visits Japan and South Korea, Annual World Health Assembly, and More

    May 20 2022

    U.S. President Joe Biden visits Japan and South Korea, the seventy-fifth World Health Assembly takes place in Geneva, and Australians vote in a general election.   Podcasts Mentioned on the Podcast   Sheila A. Smith and Scott A. Snyder, “President Biden’s Japan and South Korea Trip,” The President’s Inbox, May 17, 2022   James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon, “Finland and Sweden Talk NATO, Biden Hosts ASEAN Leaders, and More,” The World Next Week, May 12, 2022

  • Finland and Sweden Talk NATO, Biden Hosts ASEAN Leaders, and More

    May 12 2022

    Finland and Sweden intensify the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership process, U.S. President Joe Biden hosts Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders for a special summit in Washington, DC, and Lebanon holds parliamentary elections.   Podcasts Mentioned on the Podcast   Steven A. Cook, “The Middle East’s Reaction to the Invasion of Ukraine,” The President’s Inbox, May 10, 2022

  • Philippine General Election, Hong Kong’s New Chief Executive, and More

    May 06 2022

    The Philippines holds a general election, a vote for a new chief executive happens in Hong Kong, and foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) nations meet in Germany.   Articles and Podcasts Mentioned on the Podcast   Derek H. Chollet, “U.S. Policy Toward Russia,” The President’s Inbox, May 3, 2022   Josh Kurlantzick, “A Marcos Presidency Will Be Bad News for the Philippines’ Democracy,” World Politics Review via CFR.org, April 15, 2022   Josh Kurlantzick, “The Philippines’ High-Stakes Ele...more

  • Federal Reserve Committee Convenes, U.S. Leads UN Security Council, and More

    Apr 28 2022

    The U.S. Federal Reserve is poised to raise interest rates, the United States assumes the presidency of the UN Security Council, and Japan marks Constitution Memorial Day as the country makes changes to its defense and security policy.   Articles Mentioned on the Podcast Kali Robinson, “How Russia’s War in Ukraine Could Amplify Food Insecurity in the Mideast,” CFR.org, April 21, 2022   Experts and Interactives Mentioned Sheila Smith, CFR Sheila Smith, “Constitutional Change in Japan,” CFR.org...more

  • China-Solomon Islands Pact, French Presidential Runoff, and More

    Apr 22 2022

    U.S. officials visit the Solomon Islands to discuss China, voters in France head to the polls for a presidential runoff, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson travels to India.   Articles Mentioned on the Podcast  Matthias Matthijs, “Macron vs. Le Pen: What’s at Stake in the French Election?,” CFR.org, April 20, 2022

  • IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings, North Korean Commemorations, and More

    Apr 15 2022

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank convene for their annual Spring Meetings, rumors fly of a North Korean nuclear test on the one-hundred-and-tenth anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth, and COVID-19 cases surge across China.    Articles and Reports Mentioned on the Podcast   Europe and Central Asia Economic Update: War in the Region, The World Bank, April 10, 2022   Michelle Nichols, "U.S. pushes U.N. to cut N.Korea oil imports, ban tobacco, blacklist Lazarus hackers,” Reuters, A...more

  • France’s Presidential Election, ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ Pledging Event, and More

    Apr 07 2022

    France has the first round of its presidential election, Warsaw holds a global pledging event for Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons, and Pakistan faces a constitutional crisis.   Podcasts Mentioned on the Podcast   Audrey Kurth Cronin, “War in the Digital Age,” The President’s Inbox, April 5, 2022

  • Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks, EU-China Summitry, and More

    Mar 31 2022

    Russia-Ukraine peace talks continue in Istanbul, Turkey, officials from the European Union (EU) and China convene for a virtual trade summit, and Hungary holds closely watched general elections.   Blogs Mentioned on the Podcast   Michelle Gavin, Africa in Transition, CFR.org

  • Biden Visits Poland, Anxiety Over Oil Prices, and More

    Mar 24 2022

    U.S. President Joe Biden travels to Poland as Russia’s war in Ukraine enters a new phase, leaders from OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and its allies convene virtually to discuss oil production, and international themes abound at the Ninety-Fourth Academy Awards.   Podcasts Mentioned on the Podcast   Charles A. Kupchan, “TPI Special: The War in Ukraine,” The President’s Inbox, February 25, 2022

  • NATO Leaders Talk Russia, OIC Ministers Meet, and More

    Mar 18 2022

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders meet in Brussels as Russia’s attacks in Ukraine continue, and ministers from Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries discuss the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan.

  • Global Pressure Against Russia Grows, Two Years of COVID-19, and More

    Mar 11 2022

    The destruction of Ukraine continues as countries ramp up pressure on Russia, the world marks two years since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), and Colombians vote in parliamentary elections.   Reports Mentioned on the Podcast   Chris Boulton, et al, “Pronounced loss of Amazon rainforest resilience since the early 2000s,” Nature Climate Change (March 2022)   “Ukraine Refugee Situation,” The UN Refugee Agency, 2022

  • Russian Invasion Intensifies, Chinese Leaders Convene, and More

    Mar 04 2022

    Russian forces ramp up assaults on Ukrainian cities, Chinese leaders gather for their annual “Two Sessions” meeting, and South Koreans head to the polls for a presidential election.   Articles Mentioned on the Podcast    Christian Shepherd, "China not emerging as lifeline for sanction-slammed Russian economy," Washington Post, March 2, 2022   Scott Snyder, "South Korea's Presidential Election: What to Know," CFR.org, March 3, 2022   Resources Mentioned "Global Conflict Tracker," Center for Prev...more

  • TWNW Special: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

    Feb 25 2022

    Russia launches an invasion of Ukraine with wide-ranging consequences for international order.   Articles Mentioned on the Podcast   Robert Kagan, “What we can expect after Putin’s conquest of Ukraine,” Washington Post, February 21, 2022   Events and Speeches Mentioned   Crisis in Ukraine, Council on Foreign Relations, February 23, 2022   Vladimir Putin’s address on Ukraine, via Bloomberg News, February 24, 2022

  • Munich Security Conference, Remembering Nixon’s China Trip, and More

    Feb 18 2022

    The Munich Security Conference is the stage for crisis diplomacy amid high tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border, the world marks the fiftieth anniversary of former U.S. President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China, and the UN Environment Programme issues its annual Frontiers report.   Books Mentioned on the Podcast   Margaret MacMillian, Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World (2007)   Reports and Statements Mentioned   Frontiers 2022: Noise, Blazes and Mismatches, UN Environment Pro...more

  • Iran Nuclear Talks Resume, Germany’s Ukraine Diplomacy, and More

    Feb 11 2022

    Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visits Kyiv and Moscow, and some countries start to loosen COVID-19 restrictions.   Articles and Statements Mentioned on the Podcast   Thomas Bollyky et al., “Pandemic preparedness and COVID-19,” The Lancet, February 1, 2022   Claire Felter, “The World Still Hasn’t Agreed on a Pandemic Playbook,” CFR.org, February 4, 2022   Senator Ted Cruz’s letter on Iran nuclear deal [PDF], February 7, 2022   Podcasts Mentioned   Ian Johnson, ...more

  • Beijing Olympics Begin, African Union Leaders Convene, and More

    Feb 04 2022

    The Winter Olympics kick off in Beijing, the African Union (AU) holds its annual heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House.   Articles and Statements Mentioned on the Podcast   Yanzhong Huang, “China welcomed the world the last time it hosted the Olympics. Not now.” Washington Post, February 3, 2022   Ian Johnson, “The Games Nobody Wants: How the Winter Olympics Became a Headache for China,” CFR.org, February 1,...more

  • Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Crisis, Diplomacy Intensifies Over Russia-Ukraine Conflict, and More

    Jan 28 2022

    The humanitarian crisis deepens in Afghanistan, international diplomacy intensifies over Russian-Ukrainian tensions, and Myanmar marks one year since the military coup.   Articles Mentioned in the Podcast   “Afghanistan Food Security Update” [PDF], World Food Programme, December 8, 2021   Joshua Kurlantzick, “Myanmar Is a Failing State—and Could Be a Danger to Its Neighbors,” CFR.org, September 16, 2021

  • Global Supply Chain Slowdown, Russia-Ukraine Tensions Build, and More

    Jan 21 2022

    Supply chain challenges reverberate again, high-stakes diplomacy continues with Russia over Ukraine, and Hondurans inaugurate a new president.   Articles Mentioned in the Podcast   Shannon K. O’Neil, “Why the Supply Chain Slowdown Will Persist,” Foreign Affairs, December 21, 2021

  • European Parliament’s Presidential Election, COVID-19 Case Rates Surge, and More

    Jan 14 2022

    The European Parliament elects a new president, COVID-19 case rates surge across the globe, and diplomacy continues over Russian security demands in Europe.   Articles Mentioned in the Podcast   Mary Beth Sheridan, “Mexico has refused to close its borders during the covid-19 pandemic. Does that make sense?” Washington Post, January 12, 2022   Stephen Sestanovich, “The Russia-Ukraine Crisis: A Scorecard on Biden’s Response,” CFR.org, December 23, 2021   Adam Tooze, “Chartbook #68 Putin’s Challeng...more

  • U.S.-Russia Talks, Capitol Insurrection Anniversary, and More

    Jan 06 2022

    Top officials from the United States and Russia meet in Geneva to discuss nuclear arms control and the crisis in Ukraine, Americans mark one year since the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and the CES trade show wraps in Las Vegas.   Articles Mentioned on the Podcast   Stephen Sestanovich, “The Russia-Ukraine Crisis: A Scorecard on Biden’s Response,” CFR.org, December 23, 2021

  • The World Next Year: What to Watch in 2022

    Dec 17 2021

    In this special year-end episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Shannon K. O’Neil, CFR vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies. They discuss this year’s historic elections and the state of democracy in Latin America and beyond, the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world, and U.S. President Joe Biden’s first year in office.   Articles Mentioned on the...more

  • U.S. Plans Beijing Olympics Diplomatic Boycott, Trump’s History Tour, and More

    Dec 10 2021

    The United States announces a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, former President Donald Trump kicks off his History Tour, and Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual Constitution Day address amid rising Russia-Ukraine tensions.   Articles and Statements Mentioned on the Podcast   Barton Gellman, “Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun,” The Atlantic, December 6, 2021   Robert Kagan, “Our constitutional crisis is already here,” Washington Post, September 23, 20...more

  • Biden’s Democracy Summit, Omicron Spreads, and More

    Dec 03 2021

    U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a virtual Summit for Democracy, the omicron variant begins to spread worldwide, and Germany is expected to elect Olaf Scholz as its next chancellor.   Articles and Statements Mentioned in the Podcast   Anatoly Antonov and Qin Gang, “Russian and Chinese Ambassadors: Respecting People’s Democratic Rights,” The National Interest, November 26, 2021   Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay, “An Alliance of Democracies,” Washington Post, May 23, 2004   Jennifer Hillman, “Th...more

  • Elections in Chile and Venezuela, Stoltenberg Talks NATO’s Future, and More

    Nov 19 2021

    Chile holds a general election, Venezuelans vote in closely observed local and regional elections, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks on the alliance’s future.   Documents and Podcasts Mentioned in the Podcast   “London Declaration” North Atlantic Treaty Organization, December 4, 2019   Gabrielle Sierra, “Hyperventilating Over Hypersonics,” Why It Matters, November 12, 2021

  • Ethiopia’s State of Emergency, China’s Communist Party Central Committee Convenes, and More

    Nov 04 2021

    Ethiopia declares a state of emergency as its civil war intensifies, China holds a crucial meeting of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, and Sudan moves toward a new power-sharing deal to reverse last week’s coup.   Blog Mentioned on the Podcast   Michelle Gavin, Africa in Transition, CFR.org

  • Rome Hosts G20 Leaders, Japanese Citizens Vote, and More

    Oct 28 2021

    The Group of Twenty (G20) holds a pivotal summit in Rome, Japanese citizens head to the polls for parliamentary elections, and the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties (COP26) begins in Glasgow.   Articles Mentioned in the Podcast   Alice Hill, “A World Overheating,” CFR.org, October 18, 2021   Steven Mufson et al. “Russia allows methane leaks at planet’s peril,” Washington Post, October 19, 2021   Sheila Smith, “Japan’s Hard Choices,” Foreign Affairs, October 28, 2021   Podcasts Mentioned   S...more

  • Secretary Colin Powell’s Funeral, Bennett and Putin Meet, and More

    Oct 21 2021

    Americans remember former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Israeli and Russian leaders hold a summit in Sochi, and China undergoes a World Trade Organization policy review.   Articles Mentioned in the Podcast   Richard Haass, “Colin Powell: An American Life,” CFR.org, October 18, 2021.   Adam Posen, “The Price of Nostalgia,” Foreign Affairs 100, no. 3 (May/June 2021).   Ray Takeyh, “The Bomb Will Backfire on Iran,” Foreign Affairs, October 18, 2021.   Podcasts Mentioned   Adam Posen, “Trade Prot...more

  • World Food Day, NATO Defense Ministers Meet, and More

    Oct 14 2021

    World Food Day is marked amid a rise in global food insecurity, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense ministers convene in Brussels, and a Libya in turmoil notes the tenth anniversary of Muammar al-Qaddafi’s assassination.

  • World Bank-IMF Meetings, Czech Elections Amid Pandora Papers Leak, and More

    Oct 07 2021

    The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund hold their annual meetings, the Czech Republic holds closely watched elections in the wake of the Pandora Papers leak, and the Group of Twenty (G20) convenes for an emergency summit on Afghanistan.

  • EU–Western Balkans Summit, U.S. Budget Talks, and More

    Sep 30 2021

    European Union and Balkan leaders hold a summit amid rising Kosovo-Serbia tensions, the U.S. Congress reaches a critical budget deadline, and the postponed Expo 2020 kicks off in Dubai.

  • Quad Leaders Gather, Germany Holds Elections, and More

    Sep 23 2021

    The first in-person summit of the Quad—Australia, India, Japan, and the United States—takes place; Germany’s general election is set to produce a successor to Angela Merkel; and Japan’s ruling party holds a leadership election.

  • World Leaders Convene at UNGA, Canadians Vote, and More

    Sep 16 2021

    The United Nations General Assembly holds its annual debate, Canadians vote in a close federal election, and U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a summit on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Twenty Years After 9/11, Asian Powers Discuss Afghanistan, and More

    Sep 10 2021

    Americans mark twenty years since the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) convenes for a summit to discuss security in Afghanistan, and Norway holds general elections.

  • Putin and Lukashenko Talk Integration, German Elections Kick Off, and More

    Sep 03 2021

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko hold integration talks, Germany’s election season ramps up, and U.S. and Mexican officials hold a high-level economic meeting.

  • U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan, Biden and Ukraine’s Zelensky Convene, and More

    Aug 27 2021

    United States combat troops are set to fully withdraw from Afghanistan, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets U.S. President Joe Biden in the White House, and Iraq hosts a regional summit.

  • TWNW Special: The Taliban Returns

    Aug 19 2021

    Afghans await what will follow the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul, foreign capitals grapple with the consequences of the collapse of Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed government, and recriminations fly in the United States over the Taliban’s return to power.

  • Climate Report Causes Concern, Taliban Attacks Escalate, and More

    Aug 12 2021

    The world reacts to a grim report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Taliban forces advance across Afghanistan as the United States completes its withdrawal, and Ethiopia’s civil conflict worsens.

  • TWNW Presents: Summer Reading Special Episode (Rebroadcast)

    Aug 05 2021

    In this special episode of The World Next Week, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Carla Anne Robbins joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re looking forward to reading, and the books they’re reading for fun. (This is a rebroadcast.)   Read more about Jim, Bob, and Carla’s picks on Jim’s blog, The Water’s Edge.   Jim’s Picks: This is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arm Race, by Nicole Perlroth Objects of Desire, by Clare S...more

  • Iran’s New President Takes Office, U.S. Debt Ceiling Drama, and More

    Jul 29 2021

    Iran’s next president, Ebrahim Raisi, takes office; the suspension of the United States’ debt ceiling ends; and the summer wildfire season sets new records.

  • Olympics Kick Off in Tokyo, Biden and Iraq’s Al-Kadhimi Meet, and More

    Jul 22 2021

    The Tokyo Olympic Games kick off in COVID-19’s shadow, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visits U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House, and South Africans deal with the fallout from days of deadly rioting.

  • King Abdullah Visits the White House, Netanyahu’s Trial Resumes, and More

    Jul 15 2021

    Jordanian King Abdullah II visits U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial for bribery charges resumes in Jerusalem, and world leaders convene virtually for an emergency Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

  • Bolsonaro Faces Corruption Charges, Haitians Mourn Late President, and More

    Jul 08 2021

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces COVID-19 corruption charges, Haitians confront political uncertainty in the wake of President Jovenel Moise’s assassination, and China-EU talks heat up in Brussels.

  • Biden’s Vaccination Goal Nears, UNSC Votes on Syria Aid Pipeline, and More

    Jul 01 2021

    The deadline for President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans passes, the UN Security Council votes to maintain aid deliveries between Turkey and Syria, and the world marks UFO Day.

  • TWNW Presents: Summer Reading Special Episode

    Jun 17 2021

    In this special episode of The World Next Week, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Carla Anne Robbins joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re looking forward to reading, and the books they’re reading for fun.   Read more about Jim, Bob, and Carla’s picks on Jim’s blog, The Water’s Edge.   Jim’s Picks: This is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arm Race, by Nicole Perlroth Objects of Desire, by Clare Sestanovich Nine Nasty Wor...more

  • G7 Summit, NATO Summit, and More Summits

    Jun 10 2021

    World leaders meet for summits of the Group of Seven (G7) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). U.S. President Joe Biden convenes with European Union leaders, and sits down separately with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Mexico’s Midterms, Hong Kongers Remember Tiananmen, and More

    Jun 04 2021

    Mexico holds pivotal midterm elections, Hong Kongers attempt to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and Peruvians vote in a divisive presidential runoff.

  • Belarus’s Plane Diversion, Mali’s ‘Coup Within a Coup,’ and More

    May 27 2021

    Belarus faces global condemnation after grounding an airplane to arrest a dissident journalist; West Africa braces for the fallout from Mali’s second coup in nine months; and the United States marks Memorial Day and one hundred years since the Tulsa Race Massacre.

  • A Virtual Global Health Summit, Biden and Moon Meet, and More

    May 20 2021

    Rome hosts the Global Health Summit online, South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits the White House, and the UN Security Council discusses prospects for Syria as the country holds a presidential election.

  • Israeli-Palestinian Tensions Escalate, Chileans Vote, and More

    May 13 2021

    Israeli-Palestinian violence raises fears of a bigger conflict, Chile prepares for a historic election, and Washington looks to improve its cyber defenses after a major fuel pipeline was hacked.

  • U.S.-Canada Pipeline Dispute, Harris and AMLO Talk Migration, and More

    May 06 2021

    A major fuel pipeline from Canada to the United States could be shut down, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) meet virtually to discuss migration concerns, and the European Union and India are expected to revive trade talks.

  • India’s COVID-19 Surge, Somalia’s Political Crisis, and More

    Apr 29 2021

    India struggles with the world’s largest COVID-19 surge, Somalia’s president addresses Parliament after dropping a bid to extend his term, and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan gets underway ten years after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

  • Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Undergoes Review, Biden Addresses Congress, and More

    Apr 22 2021

    A U.S. advisory panel considers whether to lift the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, U.S. President Joe Biden addresses Congress, and international films are judged for the ninety-third Academy Awards.

  • U.S. Drawdown in Afghanistan, Biden’s Earth Day Summit, and More

    Apr 15 2021

    The United States sets in motion a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan, dozens of world leaders are invited to a U.S.-led climate summit, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets with President Joe Biden at the White House.

  • U.S. Defense Chief Visits Israel, Iran Deal Talks Continue in Vienna, and More

    Apr 08 2021

    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is slated to travel to Israel; talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal continue in Vienna, Austria; and Peru holds a general election.

  • Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. Talk North Korea, the IMF and World Bank Hold Spring Meetings, and More

    Apr 01 2021

    Top security officials from Japan and South Korea meet with the new U.S. national security advisor, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank host their annual Spring Meetings virtually, and European Union officials convene with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • Extreme Weather Worsens, Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day, and More

    Mar 25 2021

    Extreme weather events ramp up in Australia and the United States; Myanmar’s military junta marks Armed Forces Day; and leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay convene for a virtual trade summit.

  • Another Israeli Election, U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis, and More

    Mar 18 2021

    Israel holds its fourth election in two years, the United States faces a mounting migration crisis at its border with Mexico, and Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, meets with regional premiers.

  • Syria’s Somber Anniversary, ‘Quad’ Leaders Meet Virtually, and More

    Mar 11 2021

    Syrians mark the tenth anniversary of the start of the civil war; leaders from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States convene virtually for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue; and the United Kingdom reviews its defense and foreign policy after Brexit.

  • China Convenes Annual People’s Congress, Pope Francis Travels to Iraq, and More

    Mar 04 2021

    China’s national legislature and its top political advisory body meet in tandem, Pope Francis travels to Iraq as the country deals with COVID-19 and security concerns, and International Women’s Day is celebrated around the globe.

  • U.S. Assumes UNSC Presidency, Intelligence Report Investigates Khashoggi Killing, and More

    Feb 25 2021

    The United States assumes the presidency of the UN Security Council, with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield newly confirmed as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations; the U.S. intelligence community releases a report on the Jamal Khashoggi killing; and a political crisis deepens in the country of Georgia.

  • U.S. Nears Half Million COVID-19 Deaths, Biden Rejoins Paris Agreement, and More

    Feb 18 2021

    The COVID-19 death toll approaches five hundred thousand in the United States. Also, President Biden formally rejoins the Paris Agreement on climate and addresses world leaders at the virtual Munich Security Conference.

  • NATO Defense Ministers Convene, UN Security Council Talks Yemen, and More

    Feb 11 2021

    Defense ministers of NATO countries meet virtually to discuss withdrawing from Afghanistan; the UN Security Council debates the war in Yemen following the Biden administration’s policy shift; and spacecraft from China, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States enters Mars’s orbit.

  • Trump’s Trial Begins, Myanmar’s Military Coup, and More

    Feb 04 2021

    Former President Donald J. Trump’s second impeachment trial begins in the Senate, Myanmar faces the fallout of a military coup, and the United States extends the New START nuclear treaty with Russia. 

  • China-Taiwan Tension Builds, Secretary Blinken’s First Week, and More

    Jan 28 2021

    Tension between China and Taiwan builds, Antony Blinken begins his first week as President Biden’s secretary of state, and governments race to procure the COVID-19 vaccine as virus variants emerge.

  • Biden’s Cabinet Confirmation Hearings, Greece-Turkey Talks Resume, and More

    Jan 21 2021

    President Biden’s cabinet nominees face Senate confirmation hearings, Greece and Turkey resume maritime border talks, and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force ninety days after its ratification.

  • Trump’s Second Impeachment, Biden’s Inauguration, and More

    Jan 14 2021

    U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s second impeachment reverberates in Congress, Washington braces for President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration amid increased security concerns, and the incoming Biden team prepares to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

  • Pro-Trump Mob Breaches U.S. Capitol, Georgia’s New Senators, and More

    Jan 07 2021

    Americans face the fallout—at home and abroad—from violent pro-Trump riots that shook the U.S. Capitol and Democrats narrowly gain control of the Senate after runoff elections in Georgia.

  • The World Next Year: Transitioning Into 2021

    Dec 18 2020

    In this special year-end episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Shannon K. O’Neil, CFR’s vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies. Lindsay, McMahon, and O’Neil break down the supply chain challenges that come with distributing COVID-19 vaccines, what’s on President-Elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy agenda, and the impacts of disinformation in the United States and beyond.

  • A Virtual Climate Summit, Georgia Begins Early Voting, and More

    Dec 11 2020

    The Climate Ambition Summit 2020 is held virtually five years after the Paris Agreement, the state of Georgia begins early voting in its Senate runoff, and Tunisia marks ten years since the beginning of the Arab Spring.

  • FDA Considers COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization, Venezuelans Vote, and More

    Dec 04 2020

    U.S. health officials discuss emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine; Venezuelans vote for a new National Assembly, currently the country’s last opposition-controlled body; and the “safe harbor” deadline for the U.S. election approaches.

  • G20 Summit Goes Virtual, Biden Nominates Cabinet Members, and More

    Nov 19 2020

    Saudi Arabia hosts a virtual Group of Twenty (G20) summit, U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden ramps up his cabinet nomination process, and the United States prepares to formally withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies.

  • U.S. Presidential Transition, Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Deal, and More

    Nov 13 2020

    U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden begins a turbulent ten-week transition, Armenians and Azeris react to a Russia-brokered peace agreement, and the thirty-seventh summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) goes virtual.

  • U.S. Ballot Counting Continues, WTO Selects Director General, and More

    Nov 05 2020

    The world awaits the results of the close U.S. presidential election, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is scheduled to select a new director general, and Myanmar holds fraught elections.

  • TWNW Special: America’s Pivotal Election

    Oct 30 2020

    The U.S. presidential election pitting incumbent Donald J. Trump against former Vice President Joe Biden is finally here. In this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon unpack what’s at stake in this vote, what could happen on Election Day, and when the world might know the results.

  • The World Health Summit, Chile’s Constitutional Referendum, and More

    Oct 22 2020

    The World Health Summit 2020 takes place virtually, Chileans vote in a constitutional referendum amid protests, and Tanzania holds a general election.

  • U.S. Senate Votes on COVID-19 Relief Bill, Bolivia’s General Election, and More

    Oct 15 2020

    The U.S. Senate votes on a COVID-19 relief bill; Bolivians head to the polls for a twice-postponed general election; and New Zealand, considered to have one of the most successful pandemic responses, also holds a general election.

  • Taiwan’s National Day, Seventy-Five Years of North Korea’s Workers’ Party, and More

    Oct 09 2020

    Taiwan celebrates National Day, North Korea marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party with a military parade, and the United Kingdom and European Union face another crucial Brexit deadline.

  • TWNW Special: How Americans See the World

    Sep 24 2020

    On this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Dina Smeltz, senior fellow for public opinion and foreign policy, to discuss the Chicago Council’s annual survey of American attitudes toward foreign policy. This year’s survey, which can be found on the Chicago Council’s website, is entitled “Divided We Stand.”

  • EU Leaders Talk Greece-Turkey Tensions, Italy’s Referendum and Elections, and More

    Sep 17 2020

    European leaders hold a summit on tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Mediterranean, Italians prepare to head to the polls for a national referendum and regional elections, and the sports world stages major events under unusual circumstances.

  • A Virtual UNGA, Lukashenko and Putin Meet, and More

    Sep 10 2020

    The seventy-fifth UN General Assembly kicks off virtually, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and the European Union and China hold a scaled-down summit in Leipzig, Germany.

  • Two-Month Election Countdown Begins, U.S.-Taiwan Relationship Expands, and More

    Sep 04 2020

    Americans enter the final two-month stretch of the presidential campaign, the United States moves to strengthen economic ties to Taiwan, and Japan begins its search for a new prime minister.

  • Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall, WTO Director-General Resigns, and More

    Aug 27 2020

    Louisianans and Texans cope with Hurricane Laura as they mark fifteen years since Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevedo, departs amid uncertainty over the body’s future, and athlete boycotts spur a new reckoning over U.S. police brutality.