The African Union succeeded the old Organization for African Unity (OAU) in 2002. Since then, the new institution has struggled to reform governing bodies inherited from the OAU while shouldering challenging new peacekeeping missions.
The European Union initiated political, economic, and security discussions with post-Soviet Union states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. At a conference in Prague on May 7, 2009, the joint declaration describes these negotiations and their association agreements. EU has signed agreements with Ukraine and Georgia. Russia has initiated its own negotiations with Ukraine and Georgia separatist regions.
Scott A. Snyder examines why "Northeast Asia, in security terms, remains underinstitutionalized."
Stephen Cohen speaks before the International Development Center in Ottawa, Canada, on a rising India's place in the world and its long-term security concerns.
Eurasia's Shanghai Cooperation Organization has expanded its agenda to include wide-reaching security and economic initiatives, but it remains to be seen if the bloc's members can develop and implement unified policy.
For several years, high oil prices enabled the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to add large sums to their state coffers. Falling oil prices imply that some Gulf countries may need to draw on their depleted funds to cover their import bills. In this Center for Geoeconomic Studies Working Paper, Brad W. Setser and Rachel Ziemba examine the impact of the fall in global equities on the Gulf’s large funds and explore how various oil price scenarios could shape those funds’ future growth.
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak met in Fukuoka, Japan on December 13, 2008, to participate in their first trilateral talks outside of ASEAN. The trilateral summit was proposed by South Korea in 2004 to build cooperation on economic, humanitarian, security, and diplomatic issues.
The EU introduction to this report states: “The European Council adopted the European Security Strategy (ESS) in December 2003. For the first time, it established principles and set clear objectives for advancing the EU's security interests based on our core values. It is comprehensive in its approach and remains fully relevant. This report does not replace the ESS, but reinforces it. It gives an opportunity to examine how we have fared in practice, and what can be done to improve implementation.”
The Gulf and the financial crisis.
This articles recaps the 7th Prime Ministers' Meeting of the SCO Member States convened in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan on October 30, 2008.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy succeeded in forming a union of Mediterranean countries, but the bigger challenge of pushing through meaningful policy change lies ahead.
With South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya all hobbled by varying degrees of instability and infighting, experts fear Africa lacks leadership for continent-wide security and economic initiatives.
Jendayi Frazer, the top U.S. official in charge of African affairs, says Kenya’s crisis could have serious consequences for peace plans in Somalia and Sudan.
With oil at $100, what do we know about how the big oil exporters are managing their petrodollars? In this paper for RGE Monitor, Brad Setser and Rachel Ziemba examine the different GCC funds and estimate that total Gulf investment abroad exceeded $2 trillion in 2007. One surprising conclusion that emerges from their analysis is that the Gulf as a whole has not diversified away from the dollar.
A CRS Report for Congress explores the challenges and opportunities that the United States faces when pursuing bilateral and multilateral ties with Japan, Australia, and India.
South African President Thabo Mbeki has pursued an ambitious foreign policy agenda. But many remain disappointed with South Africa’s unwillingness to challenge the status quo in African trouble spots.
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Blackwill and Campbell analyze the rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and call for a new American grand strategy for Asia.
Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2015 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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