Council on Foreign Relations – The World This Week, Dec. 16, 2022

Biden’s Economic Policy Threatens Rift With Europe Edward Alden

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden stand together onstage during an official state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on December 1, 2022. Elizabeth Frantz/ReutersEuropeans consider vast U.S. subsidies for cars, clean energy, and semiconductors a danger to their economies. Read the analysis
Europe Has to Step Up on Ukraine Liana Fix and Jeffrey Mankoff

Europeans need a more substantial plan to support Ukraine, not just to ensure their own security, but also to signal their long-term commitment and head off U.S. criticism of European free-riding on Ukraine ahead of the 2024 U.S. elections. Read the opinion
A New Roadblock for Scottish Independence David J. Scheffer

The United Kingdom’s highest court dealt a blow to the push for a new referendum on Scottish independence. Can the Scottish Parliament, controlled by the pro-independence Scottish National Party, keep the movement alive? Read the analysis
Putting African Aspirations First Ebenezer Obadare

President Joe Biden hosted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit this week. Going forward, policymakers should strive to deliver what ordinary Africans seek: economic opportunity, security, political accountability, and more investment in health, education, and infrastructure. Read more on Africa in Transition
The War in Ukraine

In this episode of The President’s Inbox podcast, CFR’s Liana Fix and Michael Kimmage of the Center for Strategic and International Studies sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the current status of the war in Ukraine and to assess the strategies that Russia, Ukraine, and the West are pursuing.Listen
Financing Japan’s Defense Leap Sheila A. Smith

Today, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio announces his long-awaited strategic review. Kishida has promised “a fundamental upgrade” in military capability and has committed to doubling Japan’s defense spending from 1 to 2 percent of Japan’s GDP over the next five years. Read more on Asia Unbound
The Push to Conserve 30 Percent of the Planet

At this month’s UN biodiversity conference, COP15, countries could agree to protect thirty percent of the planet’s land and water by 2030. See what would be saved 
China’s Balance of Payments Data Does Not Add Up Brad W. Setser

China’s current balance of payments data doesn’t quite make sense. Significant and poorly explained gaps exist between the reported data and the underlying source data. China’s economy is so big that data gaps really matter. Read the analysis
Why Think Tanks Are Critical to Indian Policymaking Manjari Chatterjee

Miller and Clare HarrisIn this interview from the Women’s Voices From the Indo-Pacific Project, Yamini Aiyar, president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research, explains how Indian think tanks help U.S. policymakers understand local viewpoints. Read more on Asia Unbound
 Inside CFR

Panelists discuss the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, following the release of Mandela: The Lost Tapes, which features never-before-heard audio from interviews with Mandela for his memoir, Long Walk to FreedomWatch the discussion 

President Hakainde Hichilema discusses Zambia-U.S. relations, security concerns in sub-Saharan Africa, and Zambia’s role in the region. Watch the discussion
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