Backgrounders

Current political and economic issues succinctly explained.

What Are Economic Sanctions?

Author: Jonathan Masters

For many foreign policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges, from counterterrorism to conflict resolution, explains this Backgrounder.

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Renewing America

Renewing America

Driverless Cars

Author: Steven J. Markovich

Tech and auto companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia are moving forward rapidly with efforts to develop driverless cars and street networks. The benefits appear tantalizing, but roadblocks loom.

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U.S.-Cuba Relations

Authors: Danielle Renwick and Brianna Lee

The United States and Cuba are moving toward normalization of relations for the first time in more than fifty years. This Backgrounder looks at the complicated relationship and ongoing challenges.

See more in Cuba; Diplomacy and Statecraft