"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time."
Jean-Nicolas Bitter and Chris Seiple lead a conversation on the Nyon Process and international efforts to engage Salafis in dialogue, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
CFR Senior Fellow Ray Takeyh leads a conversation on Iran's internal power structure and the country's foreign policy under the new president, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Edward Alden, CFR's Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow, leads a conversation with professors and students on U.S. immigration reform, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
Micah Zenko provides a translation of U.S. foreign policy "gibberish" by deciphering the true meaning of ambiguous statements frequently used by White House, Department of State, and Department of Defense officials.
In June, Hassan Rouhani was elected president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rouhani ran as a reform candidate, and many have interpreted his victory as a harbinger of a possible liberalization or rationalization of Iranian domestic and foreign policy. But the dominant figure in Iranian politics is not the president but rather the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The U.S. Senate rejects multilateral treaties as if it were sport. Some it rejects outright, as when it voted against the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities in 2012 and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1999.
In March 1933, with the United States deep in the throes of the Great Depression, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his first inaugural address, warning of the power of fear -- or, more specifically, the danger of "nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
Al Jazeera America arrives on the U.S. cable TV scene in a bid to win goodwill and market share through an increasingly rare news-heavy format, says expert William Youmans.
Peter Orszag writes that economists' theories to explain the gap between jobs open and jobs filled have diverging implications for the speed of the labor market's recovery.
Peter Orszag wants regulators to watch out for excessive consolidation in local hospital markets as Medicare's shift to value-based payments puts pressure on health care providers to merge and raise fees for private insurers.
CFR Senior Fellow Robert M. Danin leads a conversation on ending the U.S. policy of isolating Gaza, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
"Though the overall number of arrests along the southern U.S. border has fallen near its lowest point in 40 years, there has been a surge of unlawful newcomers from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador since 2011."
There is surprising bipartisan agreement on most of the Senate bill's provisions and plausible paths on the issues that still divide the two parties, says CFR's Edward Alden.
The movement to recognize same-sex marriage continues to gain traction worldwide, though homophobia still persists within societies. This Backgrounder examines policies toward same-sex couples in select countries.
Peter Orszag argues that the Medicare payment board can act more nimbly than Congress to improve the quality and value of health care.
Elliott Abrams looks at demographics in the West Bank.
During a visit to Seoul, Max Boot reflects on how the political decisions of the last sixty years have made the two Koreas so drastically different, despite their shared cultural heritage.
South Korea has long enjoyed a robust civil society that encourages citizen participation in civic groups and social movements. Though it may not effect much change at the policy level, social activism related to the U.S.-ROK alliance provides valuable insight into domestic opinions. In this Working Paper, Andrew Yeo examines how these opinions shape the future partnership of the United States and South Korea.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More