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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Words: English in the Gutter—Then, Now, and Forever, by John McWhorter Bob’s Picks: Missionaries, by Phil Klay Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, Geraldine Brooks “Power of the Powerless” in Living in Truth, by Vaclav Havel Carla’s Picks: The Price of Peace: Money , Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, by Zachary D. Carter The Transparency of Time, by Leonardo Padura George Smiley Novels, by John le Carré
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 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 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.
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 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.