International Peace and Security
In Moscow, President Barack Obama will focus on improving U.S.-Russia relations, which suffered during the final years of the Bush administration. But analysts say moving beyond rhetoric toward substantive change could be complicated by history and competing interests.
See more in Russian Fed., Diplomacy, Arms Control and Disarmament
President Obama's address to Muslims in Cairo aimed to prepare the ground for new engagement with Muslims to get beyond tensions stirred by war, terrorism, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
See more in Middle East, Diplomacy
Barack Obama's inauguration as forty-fourth U.S. president occurs at a time of global economic crisis, with multiple conflicts raging in the greater Middle East. Yet he enters office amid high expectations at home and abroad.
See more in United States, Diplomacy, U.S. Election 2008
With increasing terrorism and worsening relations with rival India, Pakistan poses a grave threat to stability in South Asia. Yet experts say the West has no choice but to forge closer ties with Islamabad.
See more in Pakistan, International Peace and Security
North Korea has resisted efforts to divulge the full scale of its nuclear program, despite U.S. concessions, but President-elect Barack Obama faces little alternative to the troubled policy of engagement.
See more in North Korea, Diplomacy, Proliferation
Lawlessness in eastern Congo has reached a critical juncture. Analysts fear the crisis in the enormous country, which borders nine others, could spread across the region.
See more in Democratic Rep. of Congo, UN, Conflict Assessment
CFR.org provides a collection of resources on Iran.
See more in Iran, International Peace and Security, Proliferation
CFR.org provides a collection of resources on Iraq.
See more in Iraq, Rule of Law, International Peace and Security
As Washington embarks on a strategic review of the mission in Afghanistan, a new Saudi diplomatic initiative has raised the once unthinkable prospect of talks with the Taliban. Meanwhile, pessimism and frustration test the patience of NATO allies.
See more in Afghanistan, NATO, Diplomacy
Official optimism runs high amid improved security and a growing role for Iraqi forces, but analysts caution against premature celebrations.
See more in Iraq, Civil Reconstruction, Political Movements
South Asia, despite its many functioning democracies, continues to be torn by conflict and vulnerable to military intervention in politics.
See more in South Asia, Democracy and Human Rights, International Peace and Security, Terrorism
High food prices have swelled the number of people going hungry around the world. Food aid is also a culprit, say some experts.
See more in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Caribbean, Haiti, Food Security
Maoists are set to form a new government in Nepal, with signals from Washington of a policy shift on engaging blacklisted groups elected to power.
See more in United States, Nepal, Democracy and Human Rights, International Peace and Security
U.S. military activity in the Pakistani border region is complicating an already tense relationship between Washington and Islamabad.
See more in United States, Pakistan, Diplomacy, Counterterrorism, U.S. Strategy and Politics
U.S. efforts to negotiate a long-term security agreement with Iraq are dividing Iraqi political parties and raising questions about the future of U.S. operations.
See more in United States, Iraq, Peacekeeping, Peacemaking
As Afghanistan makes a new pitch to foreign donors, some question whether its government is ready to shoulder a greater share of development.
See more in Afghanistan, Civil Reconstruction, Terrorism, Foreign Aid
Renewed fighting in South Sudan has experts fearing a civil war that could spiral beyond Sudan's borders.
See more in Sudan, Defense/Homeland Security, International Peace and Security
As the United States and the world focus on Pakistan's western border and tribal lands, the peace along its eastern border with India remains fragile.
See more in United States, Pakistan, Diplomacy
International relief agencies say promises by Washington and Baghdad to adopt policies addressing Iraq's growing humanitarian needs have failed to materialize.
See more in United States, Iraq, Refugees and the Displaced
Lebanese leaders agreed on steps toward political reconciliation, but experts say the road ahead contains many potholes.
See more in Lebanon, Conflict Assessment