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Author: Council on Foreign Relations

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A weekly preview of world events in the week ahead from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
41 Episodes
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Belarusians go to the polls, discontent simmers in eastern Russia, and Japan remembers the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki amid discussions of the country’s long-term national security strategy.
Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate, Japan marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, and China commemorates the formation of the People’s Liberation Army.
Saudi Arabia hosts a scaled-down hajj, Turkey’s historic Hagia Sophia begins its reconversion into a mosque, and tensions mount over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The U.S. Congress returns to session; schools and universities struggle with reopening amid a surge in COVID-19 cases; and, China, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States prepare for spacecraft launches to Mars.
The world marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre; the Atlantic Coast, Dakota Access, and Keystone XL pipelines suffer setbacks; and COVID-19 triggers historic levels of food insecurity.
Americans celebrate Independence Day amid a worrisome surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, a dramatic heatwave continues in the Arctic, and Hong Kong reacts to China’s sweeping national security legislation.
Poland holds its rescheduled presidential election, the world marks one year since U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un met at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter is commemorated.
In this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Gabrielle Sierra, CFR podcast producer and host of Why It Matters, to discuss their favorite quarantine reads, beloved documentaries and television series, podcasts, and more entertainment they’re looking forward to enjoying this summer.
The funeral for George Floyd, whose death in police custody triggered massive U.S. protests against racism, is held in Houston; the novel coronavirus continues its global spread six months after emerging in Wuhan, China; and the fourth round of Brexit talks is held.
The anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is marked amid a surge in Hong Kong tensions, the European Union debates a massive coronavirus rescue plan, and the Atlantic hurricane season begins.
The World Health Organization Executive Board convenes virtually, Afghanistan tries to forge a peace deal amid a surge in violence, and China holds its annual session of the National People’s Congress.
The deadline approaches for Argentina to restructure $65 billion in debt, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to join the Senate in getting back to work, and the spring graduation season is marked by virtual ceremonies and limited job opportunities.
Criticism mounts over China’s coronavirus response; East African countries face a second, much larger infestation of desert locusts; and Europe commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Allies’ victory.
U.S. officials confront supply chain breakdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration begins the presidential transition process six months before Election Day, and World Press Freedom Day is commemorated.
Governors face pressure to reopen America, the UN Security Council discusses conditions in Syria, and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump announces a funding freeze and review of the World Health Organization amid the coronavirus pandemic, Earth Day is celebrated across the globe, and Cuba marks the fortieth anniversary of the Mariel boatlift.
Countries across the globe continue to face the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus, Group of Twenty (G20) foreign and energy ministers meet virtually, and Israelis struggle to form a governing coalition.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban exercises sweeping executive powers amid the coronavirus pandemic, global and local media outlets face pressure, and Israeli leaders move to form a national emergency government.
U.S. lawmakers near a $2 trillion coronavirus relief deal as debate intensifies over economic pain versus lockdown efforts, Indians enter a nationwide, twenty-one-day lockdown, and fragile states and refugee camps begin to grapple with virus concerns.
Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) member states convene virtually as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the world calendar, virus concerns drive a rift between the United States and China, and U.S.-Iran tensions escalate again.
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