Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

Iran's 'Resistance Economy' Debate

Author: Ray Takeyh

In the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, debate has revived in the regime over how far to open up to outside trade and finance. It has become a struggle over Iran’s identity, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.

See more in Iran; Economics

India Warms Up to Climate Action

Authors: Varun Sivaram and Annushka Shivnani

India has taken a major step forward ahead of global climate talks in Paris, but the country’s clean energy strategy still faces domestic and international challenges, write CFR’s Varun Sivaram and Annushka Shivnani.

See more in India; Energy Policy

Disaster Relief: China and India Come Together

Authors: Ashlyn Anderson and Alyssa Ayres

Chinese and Indian relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake set a precedent for trust building between two countries whose cooperation will be crucial to the prosperity of South Asia, write CFR's Alyssa Ayres and Ashlyn Anderson.

See more in Nepal; Disasters