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October 2021: Multilateralism and data tracking viewed as necessary for global coronavirus recovery efforts

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches 20 months, the school's experts are commenting on cooperation on global health efforts and combatting economic impacts of coronavirus, and how food systems data factors into monitoring for future pandemics.

September 2021: Afghan exit damages U.S. perception globally, leaves uncertainty for Afghanistan and neighboring countries

As the Afghan withdrawal aftermath continues, the school's experts are commenting on the U.S.’s global reputation and what lies ahead for Afghanistan and the surrounding regions.

August 2021: Aggressive posturing marks China’s domestic and regional relations

The school's experts are commenting on potential messages Beijing is sending domestically and to neighboring countries and regions with its aggressive stance toward Chinese-based Big Tech firms and military maneuvering.

July 2021: Environmental impacts of production processes underscore need for global cooperation for climate action

As nations across the globe take different paths to address climate change, our experts are providing commentary on the environmental impact of food production, India's challenge with coal production, issues with electric vehicle development, and the need for cooperation for global climate action.

June 2021: Calls for global access to COVID-19 vaccines increase as nations continue to struggle with coronavirus

It has been nearly a year and a half since the global pandemic began and our experts are examining obstacles some countries are experiencing due to COVID-19 and the conversation surrounding global vaccine access.

May 2021: Pandemic, partisanship, and foreign policy concerns mark President Biden’s 100-day milestone

President Joe Biden recently surpassed the 100-day mark of his presidency and the school's experts are providing commentary on some of the domestic and geopolitical challenges his administration is currently navigating.

April 2021: JCPOA talks continue as the U.S. and Iran weigh return to nuclear deal

Indirect discussions between the U.S., Iran, and the remaining signatories of the JCPOA are underway in Vienna and the school's experts are examining recent U.S.-Iran tensions and issues that may complicate the two countries returning to the Iran nuclear deal.

March 2021: Vaccine accessibility and diplomacy intertwined in efforts to quell pandemic

With COVID-19 vaccines becoming more accessible in areas around the globe, the school's experts are commenting on issues ranging from distribution to diplomacy.

February 2021: Biden presidency underway amid pressing domestic and foreign policy concerns

A few weeks into his term, President Joe Biden is facing a number of pressing domestic and global issues and the school's experts are examining the top challenges he and his administration are contending with.

January 2021: Impacts of Capitol riot will reverberate at home and abroad

January 6, 2021 will be remembered as the day protests turned deadly at the U.S. Capitol. As a result, the school's experts are commenting on these events and measures needed to address the domestic and global consequences of the riot..