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Sectarian conflict is becoming entrenched in a growing number of Muslim countries and is threatening to fracture Iraq and Syria. Tensions between Sunnis and Shias, exploited by regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, could reshape the future Middle East.
The northern reaches of the planet are melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping. But debate is mounting over whether the Arctic can be developed sustainably and peaceably.
Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not only violates human rights laws but also threatens stability and economic development.
The East and South China Seas are the scene of escalating territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, including Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The tensions, shaped by China's growing assertiveness, have fueled concerns over armed conflict and raised questions about Washington's security commitments in its strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.
Iran poses steep challenges to its Middle East neighbors and the world. Explore the country's complex regime structure and controversial nuclear program, and watch experts debate the range of policy options.
Pakistan's stability is of great consequence to regional and international security. Examine the roots of its challenges, what it means for the region and the world, and explore some plausible futures for the country.
Climate change is one of the most challenging problems facing the international community. Explore its causes, effects, and various policy options.
Learn about the unique mixture of religion, nationalism, historical and economic grievances, territory, and geopolitics underpinning this conflict.
An Emmy-winning examination of the crisis in Darfur. Learn about the history of Sudan, the international context of the crisis, and the "responsibility to protect.
Over half a century since Korean War's end, conflict persists on the peninsula. Explore the military, economic, and nuclear dimensions of this frozen conflict.
Doing research for an upcoming debate competition? CFR has partnered with the National Forensic League to bring you packaged resources, available here.
Join us for the fifth annual Back-to-School Event on Friday, October 10 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (ET).
The event will include a presentation of CFR’s most recent InfoGuide, a panel discussion, and a networking reception where students can learn about career and internship opportunities at CFR. To register or for more information, click here.