The United States can ill afford the burden of additional foreign policy challenges, making it imperative that the U.S. government find ways to identify, delay, and avert international crises that could harm U.S. interests or even lead to military engagement. In this report, the authors provide an actionable road map for how the U.S. government should revamp its existing U.S. prevention architecture to make it more effective in dealing with potential crises abroad.
Scott A. Snyder advocates the need for more effective regional coordination on contingency planning for North Korean instability.
In this Carnegie Paper report, Christopher Boucek outlines the looming economic, political, and security challenges in Yemen and offers recommendations on how to tackle the forces limiting the central government's territorial control.
This report from the International Crisis Group examines the potential for conflict in Ethiopia ahead of the June 2010 elections as ethnic tensions and dissent rises. The report urges the international community to encourage more meaningful democratic governance in the country.
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga says he is committed to carrying through political reforms despite lagging progress and concerns the country is devolving deeper into ethnic-based politics.
Ken Menkhaus says the new U.S. national security team must implement a long-term strategy in Somalia.
Edward Thomas reports on the need to broker a better Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan, the necessary role of the international community, and the potential ramifications of failure.
This panel discusses a Council on Foreign Relations special report, "Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea."
North Korea has long been a serious concern to Washington. Now, with President Kim Jong-Il reportedly in bad health and possibly naming a successor, the United States must consider possible outcomes should the situation deteriorate and the current North Korean government collapse. This report examines the challenges that these scenarios would pose--ranging from securing Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal to providing humanitarian assistance--in the context of the interests of the United States and others in its valuable recommendations.
This report comprehensively analyzes Ukraine's difficulties, related to both domestic conditions and foreign policy, and recommends ways for the United States to encourage Ukraine on a path of stability and integration with the West.
Listen to CFR Middle East experts Steven A. Cook and Daniel Senor discuss the implications of the recent surge in violence in the Gaza strip.
Watch former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright discuss measures the next administration can take to mitigate potential sources of crisis across the world.
Listen to former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright discuss measures the next administration can take to mitigate potential sources of crisis across the world.
Listen to CFR experts consider potential threats the Obama administration could face in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and suggest steps that can be taken to prevent conflicts.
Watch CFR experts consider potential threats the Obama administration could face in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and suggest steps that can be taken to prevent conflicts.
Middle East Regional Editor Christopher Dickey, Contributing Editor John Barry, and Moscow Bureau Chief Owen Matthews report that Russia is weaker than it looks. Most NATO leaders insist the world is too interdependent to allow another cold war. Russia is not the Soviet Union. And Western powers don't want to be drawn into a game of bluff that will only inflate Vladimir Putin's prestige.
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Marten outlines how U.S. policymakers can deter Russian aggression with robust support for NATO, while reassuring Russia of NATO’s defensive intentions.
Segal offers recommendations for cooperation on issues such as encryption, data localization, and cybersecurity.
Knopf argues that the only remaining path for South Sudan is for an international transitional administration to run the country for a finite period.
The definitive account of the secret war in Laos, which forever changed the CIA from a relatively small spying agency into an organization with vast paramilitary powers. More
CFR President Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism to climate change. More
Alden provides an enlightening history of the last four decades of U.S. trade policies and a blueprint for how to keep the United States competitive in a globalized economy. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2016 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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