Analysis Brief

Analytical briefs written by's staff on issues of the day with links to the news, analysis, commentary, and primary source materials that put the facts in context.

Issue Guide: Crisis in Ukraine

Author: Editors

The latest eruption of violence in Ukraine has brought its protracted political unrest—rooted in a dispute over strengthening ties with the European Union—to its bloodiest phase yet. This roundup of expert analysis examines the conflict and consequences for regional stability.

See more in Ukraine; Political Movements and Protests

Tracking the Iraq War

Trace the Iraq war campaign through ten CFR meetings that assembled some of the leading foreign policy analysts and news figures of the past decade.

See more in Iraq; Counterterrorism

Issue Guide: Venezuela Under Chávez

Author: Robert McMahon

The death of Hugo Chávez raises major questions about the stability of Venezuela, with implications for the region, and Cuban relations in particular, according to this Issue Guide.

Issue Guide: 2013 State of the Union Address

Author: Jeanne Park

President Barack Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on February 12. The following materials offer a guide to understanding issues high on the president's priorities list.