South Koreans face a generational divide over policy toward North Korea, weighing a soft approach to their neighbor's nuclear moves or an alignment with the more hard-line U.S. stance.
Michael Werz of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. argues that Europe has become more concerned with its demographic meakeup due to increased immigration since the fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989.
China is expanding its use of cultural, educational, and diplomatic tools to increase its appeal across the world. The move comes as U.S. cultural influence slips and some say the United States may be losing its "soft power," or ability to gain influence through non-coercive means.
While U.S. cultural exports, from Hollywood movies to books to fashion and soft drinks, exercise a dominant influence in the world marketplace, experts say America's "soft power" is declining. That creates opportunities for China.
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report for Congress deals with the factors shaping France's foreign policy and U.S.-French relations (PDF).
Dr. Ulrike Guérot discusses Angela Merkel's surprising success in transatlantic bridge-building.
Unlike capital punishment in the United States, Japan's death penalty is applied regularly. Charles Lane provides a look at a the secretive world of Japanese capital justice.
Each year, the Council invites members to bring their guests of high school-age and older to a special “Daughters and Sons” meeting. This year, in cooperation with HBO, the Council will screen the HBO documentary Afghan Star. Since 2005, millions of Afghans have followed the reality television program Afghan Star, whose contestants – irrespective of ethnicity, age, or gender – compete for a cash prize and a record deal. For many viewers, who vote for contestants via cell phone, it is their first experience with the democratic process in a country where television, music, and dancing were once forbidden under Taliban rule.
Following the screening, a panel of experts will provide perspective on the broader cultural realities of Afghanistan and their implications for U.S. policy toward the country, where well over half the population is below the age of twenty-five.
Please join Shibley Telhami and film director Soraya Umewaka for a screening and discussion of the film Tomorrow We Will See, which follows a new generation of artists and designers living in Beirut.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 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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