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World Review: President Biden Takes Office

World Review

Journalists Susan Glasser, Nirmal Ghosh, and Philip Stephens join Council President Ivo H. Daalder to discuss the Biden administration's first decisions.

President Joe Biden takes the oath of office

Ivo Daalder on the State of the Council and Biden's Foreign Policy


Council leadership members have exclusive access to an off-the-record update from the former NATO ambassador and Chicago Council president on the Biden administration.

President-elect Joe Biden holds a conference video call alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris focused on foreign policy

Commentary & Analysis

Donald Trump’s Dismal Legacy in East Asia

In the News
The National Interest
Paul Heer

The Trump administration helped fuel the worst downward spiral in US-China relations since diplomatic normalization more than forty years ago.

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US Foreign Policy

How Joe Biden Can Restore America’s Standing Abroad

In the News
The National Interest
Paul Heer

Before the United States can reliably rebuild its international power and influence, it must heal itself by getting COVID under control, reviving economic prosperity, and moving beyond the bitterly divided politics of the Trump presidency.

President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the Washington Monument
Global Politics


Republicans, Democrats Split on Increasing US Defense Budget

Public Opinion Survey by Craig Kafura

Overall, Americans prefer to maintain defense spending. But Democrats, younger people, and those with a college education prefer cuts, while Republicans prefer expansion.

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US Army
Public Opinion

Green COVID-19 Recovery and Transatlantic Leadership: What Are the Prospects?

Report by Paul Hofhuis

A Democratic victory provides greater opportunity for transatlantic collaboration, but underlying structures for cooperation among societal stakeholders in the United States need to be reinvigorated.

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry Remarks on COP21 and Action Beyond Paris


Joshua Busby 

Nonresident Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
Council expert Joshua Busby