Various reports from CFR, posted at the discretion of CFR's president and director of studies.
Policymakers are currently debating the appropriate level of U.S. military spending given increasingly constrained budgets and the winding down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The following charts present historical trends in U.S. military spending and analyze the forces that may drive it lower.
See more in United States; Defense Budget
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn discusses economic reform and rebalancing in China and their implications for future growth and crisis prevention.
See more in China; Economics
Japan's new politics challenge some basic assumptions about U.S.-Japan alliance management. CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith explores this new era of alternating parties in power and reveals the growing importance of Japan's domestic politics in shaping alliance cooperation.
See more in Japan; Diplomacy and Statecraft; International Organizations and Alliances
Catherine Powell argues that the advances made by Afghan women since the 2001 U.S.-led intervention remain fragile. She recommends that the United States bolster gender equality before the drawdown is complete and continue working with Afghanistan to maintain these gains in the future.
See more in Afghanistan; Women
Curbing child marriage has become increasingly important to the global development discussion, but it has yet to become central to the discussion about security and stability. Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reviews child marriage trends in fragile countries affected by natural disasters and/or armed conflict, and offers policy recommendation on how the United States can ensure that girls and women are still able to reach their full potential even in times of social instability and insecurity.
See more in Global; Children; Women
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn discusses potential drawbacks of a low inflation rate.
See more in Europe; Economics
Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia Joshua Kurlantzick details the region's startling democratic regression, assesses the reasons behind this recent stagnation, examines the role of the United States, and offers recommendations for policy options to help support the foundations of democracy in Southeast Asia.
See more in Asia and Pacific; Democratization
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn discusses what sanctions on Russia could mean for global markets.
See more in Russia and Central Asia; Economics
By developing a stronger understanding of what works and what does not in combatting child marriage, policymakers and civil society leaders will be better equipped to end child marriage. Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Research Associate Lynn S. ElHarake identify the drivers of child marriage and the factors that can curb it.
See more in Global; Women; Society and Culture
The U.S. system for taxing corporate profits is outdated, ineffective at raising revenue, and creates perverse incentives for companies to shelter profits overseas. It is also, for most U.S. companies most of the time, a pretty good deal, which is one of the big reasons why any serious overhaul will be so difficult to achieve.
See more in United States; Tax Policy
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn discusses further sanctions on Russia and their economic ramifications.
See more in Ukraine; Economics
A decade of the Global Fund's presence in China has left behind a deeply mixed legacy, which highlights the complexities of global health governance.
See more in China; Health Policy and Initiatives; Global Governance
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn discusses the relationship between labor market data, inflation, and U.S. monetary policy.
See more in United States; Economics
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn discusses what the U.S. budget agreement means for global markets.
See more in United States; Economics
Robert Lawrence shows that, absent other changes in the economy, benefits from declining oil imports for the long-term U.S. trade deficit have been overstated.
See more in United States; Trade; Oil
Tod Lindberg defends the concept of the international community. At its best, the international community represents the embodiment of liberal normative ideals exerting an influence on international politics, though its many invocations may fall short in encapsulating this ideal.
See more in Global; Global Governance
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn discusses five economic themes to be aware of in 2014.
See more in Global; Economics
The Center for Preventive Action's annual Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS) evaluates ongoing and potential conflicts based on their likelihood of occurring in the coming year and their impact on U.S. interests. The PPS aims to help the U.S. policymaking community prioritize competing conflict prevention and mitigation demands.
View the accompanying online interactive: CPA's Global Conflict Tracker
See more in Global; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn analyzes potential hurdles for "Abenomics," Japan's ambitious economic policy.
See more in Japan; Economics
The scorecard infographic and accompanying progress report, "Trading Up: U.S. Trade and Investment Policy," analyzes the overall health of the U.S. economy by focusing on shifts in global trade and foreign direct investment in the United States.
See more in United States; Trade; Competitiveness