The World Next Week
The World Next Week
Council on Foreign Relations
A weekly preview of world events in the week ahead from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Secretary Colin Powell’s Funeral, Bennett and Putin Meet, and More
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,”, 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 Protectionism,” The President’s Inbox, September 21, 2021. Matt Pottinger, “Beijing’s Grand Strategy,” The President’s Inbox, October 19, 2021. Memos, Reports, and Speeches Mentioned David Brisbee, “Trade Policy Review of the People’s Republic of China,” U.S. Mission to Geneva, October 20, 2021. João Aguiar Machado, “EU Statement at the 8th Trade Policy Review of China,” Permanent Mission of the European Union to the WTO, October 20, 2021. George Mina, “Australia’s Statement on China’s Trade Policy Review,” Twitter, October 20, 2021. Colin Powell, Address to the United Nations on Iraq, Washington Post, February 5, 2003. Katherine Tsai, “Remarks As Prepared for Delivery of Ambassador Katherine Tai Outlining the Biden-Harris Administration’s ‘New Approach to the U.S.-China Trade Relationship,” Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, October 4, 2021. Resignation letter of Harold Hongju Koh [PDF], Politico, October 2, 2021. WTO Secretariat’s report for China’s Trade Policy Review, September 15, 2021.
Oct 21
31 min
World Food Day, NATO Defense Ministers Meet, and More
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.
Oct 14
30 min
World Bank-IMF Meetings, Czech Elections Amid Pandora Papers Leak, and More
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.
Oct 7
32 min
EU–Western Balkans Summit, U.S. Budget Talks, and More
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.
Sep 30
27 min
Quad Leaders Gather, Germany Holds Elections, and More
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.
Sep 23
26 min
World Leaders Convene at UNGA, Canadians Vote, and More
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.
Sep 16
25 min
Twenty Years After 9/11, Asian Powers Discuss Afghanistan, and More
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.
Sep 9
31 min
Putin and Lukashenko Talk Integration, German Elections Kick Off, and More
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.
Sep 2
31 min
U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan, Biden and Ukraine’s Zelensky Convene, and More
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.
Aug 26
29 min
TWNW Special: The Taliban Returns
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.
Aug 19
36 min
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