Video segments with CFR fellows and other experts on vital foreign policy and national security topics.
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The winner of the 2012 presidential election faces an important leadership test on trade, which will have challenges and opportunities, says CFR's Thomas Bollyky, including leveling the playing field with China and finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers Richard Nixon's historic trip to China in 1972 and discusses the importance of diplomacy in international relations.
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The U.S. visit of Vice President Xi Jinping occurs at a time of resurfacing tensions over trade and China's currency, says CFR's Sebastian Mallaby, but there is a formula for resolving each problem.
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The winner of the presidential election will face at least three sets of energy challenges: continuing to reduce oil dependence, increasing U.S. supplies sustainably, and addressing acute crises such as supply disruptions, says CFR's Michael Levi.
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The Hamas-Fatah unity deal reflects Palestinian efforts to find new patrons and new sources of support in the region, says CFR's Robert M. Danin.
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CFR's James M. Lindsay discusses Nelson Mandela's release from prison in February 1990 and his subsequent rise to the presidency to show how individuals shape history.
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The Russian and Chinese veto of a UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to violence in Syria calls into question the viability of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine and poses a dilemma for the Obama administration, says CFR's Stewart Patrick.
See more in International Organizations and Alliances; Syria
The newly announced U.S. plan to end its combat mission in Afghanistan by mid-2013 could make it more difficult to realize the chief goal of helping Afghan national forces become self-sufficient, says CFR's Stephen Biddle.
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Drug trafficking, changing immigration trends, and rising economic opportunities are the major issues the winner of the 2012 U.S. presidential election faces in dealing with Latin America, says CFR's Shannon O'Neil.
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The U.S.-Saudi relationship has become increasingly strained since the onset of the Arab awakening, and Iran's nuclear ambitions could pose further challenges, says expert F. Gregory Gause III.
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CFR's James M. Lindsay recalls the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the importance of managing public expectations amid major foreign policy initiatives.
See more in Vietnam; History and Theory of International Relations
The winner of the 2012 U.S. presidential race will have to make critical decisions on Afghanistan, including how to support and fund Afghan forces as well as possible concessions to the Taliban, says CFR's Stephen Biddle.
See more in Afghanistan; Military Operations; United States
The European Union's embargo on Iranian oil may bring Iran to the negotiating table but is unlikely to halt its controversial nuclear program, says CFR's Matthew Kroenig.
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CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers the seizure of the USS Pueblo in 1968 and discusses the idea that raw power does not always ensure success in foreign policy.
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CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers John F. Kennedy's inaugural address and discusses the importance of balancing costs and benefits in foreign policy
See more in United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State; History and Theory of International Relations
CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers the anniversary of voting on the Ludlow Amendment and discusses it in the context of current debates about the power to commit force abroad.
See more in History and Theory of International Relations; United States; Wars and Warfare
China's rising global prominence, increasing assertiveness and upcoming leadership transition may pose significant challenges for the next U.S. president, says CFR's Elizabeth C. Economy.
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CFR's Stewart Patrick outlines the debate over UN Security Council reform and discusses the obstacles going forward.
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Blackstone strategist Byron Wien gives a cautiously optimistic forecast on world economic developments in 2012, in a discussion with CFR's Robert E. Rubin, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Wien just released his closely followed annual "Ten Surprises" list of probable economic, financial market, and political events.
See more in United States; Financial Crises
Immigration reform remains a hot topic in the 2012 presidential race, but the winner will have to move beyond an enforcement-only approach in dealing with illegal immigrants, says CFR's Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden, in a video issue brief.
See more in Elections; Immigration