CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.
The WHO’s tobacco treaty in 2005 was hailed as a crucial tool for controlling one of the world’s most lethal substances and as a model for confronting other global health problems. Ten years later it is a qualified success, write CFR’s Thomas J. Bollyky and David P. Fidler.
See more in Global; Health Policy and Initiatives
Health experts are already calling 2015 one of the most complicated ever for influenza outbreaks, and the prevalence of lethal strains normally found in birds is especially troubling, writes CFR’s Laurie Garrett.
See more in Global; Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Nigeria’s heavy dependence on oil revenues puts it in a risky position economically and politically, raising new concerns about instability in Africa’s most populous country, writes CFR’s John Campbell.
See more in Nigeria; Energy and Environment
Fear and overreaction to the Ebola outbreak threaten to undermine effective responses to the pandemic, writes CFR’s Yanzhong Huang.
See more in Global; Diseases, Infectious
The Obama administration's review of its nuclear spending will shape the country's arsenal for decades to come and could be the president's final chance to influence arms control, writes CFR's Adam Mount.
See more in United States; Defense and Security
The events in Iraq affect core U.S. interests, and Washington should be prepared to help both battle jihadist forces and press for political reforms over the long run, says CFR's David Palkki.
See more in Iraq; Defense and Security
A growing number of authoritarian states are banning civil society activities, raising the prospect of spreading instability that should arouse action in Washington, says CFR's Mark Lagon.
See more in Global; Political Movements and Protests
The country's next president must bridge the ethnic and religious divisions that could destabilize the booming Muslim-majority democracy, explains CFR's Karen Brooks.
See more in Indonesia; Democratization
The popularity of e-cigarettes presents an enormous opportunity for public health, which the United States is at risk of squandering by regulating these products as tobacco, writes CFR's Thomas Bollyky.
See more in United States; Health
Syria's civil war poses an expanding threat to the region and beyond. Washington should seize the opportunity that still exists to weaken the Assad regime, writes CFR's Elliott Abrams.
See more in Syria; Humanitarian Intervention; Regional Security
Has the world progressed since 1994 in stopping mass atrocities? Concerted efforts by states, institutions, and NGOs make them less likely, write CFR's Paul Stares and Anna Feuer.
See more in Rwanda; Global; Genocide; Conflict Prevention
The Egyptian government's widening crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members, including a surge in death sentences, threatens to radicalize a new generation of Egyptians and spawn jihadist violence, writes CFR's Ed Husain.
See more in Egypt; Politics and Strategy; Terrorism
The Sochi Olympics have placed a spotlight on the poor global standing of Russia under Vladimir Putin, whose policies are likely to damage relations with the West long after the Games are over, writes CFR's Stephen Sestanovich.
See more in Russian Federation; Politics and Strategy
U.S. strategic interests in Africa's Sahel have been marginal for decades, but there is a strong case for expanding ties with regional allies to quell a spreading security threat, write J. Peter Pham and CFR's John Campbell.
See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Politics and Strategy
The country Nelson Mandela leaves behind remains racially divided with deep economic problems. But South Africa has also emerged as a robust democracy, writes CFR's John Campbell.
See more in South Africa; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
Civil unrest and public anger about the slow pace of change could destabilize Myanmar and the region just as the country is opening up politically, writes CFR's Joshua Kurlantzick.
See more in Burma/Myanmar; Development
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood needs to withdraw and reform if it's to become a viable political force in the years ahead. CFR's Ed Husain highlights a course for change.
See more in Egypt; Democratization
Indo-Pakistani relations have made small strides toward normalcy but face a period of steep challenges amid leadership changes throughout the region, writes CFR's Daniel Markey.
See more in India; Pakistan; Politics and Strategy
The Obama administration has a tremendous opportunity to forge a new approach on tobacco that balances U.S. mandates on trade with its obligations to promote public health at home and abroad, writes CFR Fellow Thomas Bollyky.
See more in North America; Trade
President Obama laid out a notable agenda for Africa on his recent visit, refocusing U.S. attention on a continent many critics feel the White House has neglected, says CFR's John Campbell.
See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Diplomacy and Statecraft