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Sanctions

U.S. policymakers have repeatedly turned to economic sanctions to address a range of problems, but overusing this tool runs its own risks.

Sanctions

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

North Korea

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Iran Nuclear Agreement
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Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran has restricted its nuclear program and given international inspectors unprecedented access, but it has not seen the economy recovery expected in the aftermath of the agreement with international powers.

Middle East and North Africa

Foreign Minister Zarif discusses current developments in the Middle East.

 

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Trump Foreign Policy

Trump Foreign Policy

Pew Research Center's Bruce Stokes joins CFR's Robert McMahon to discuss Pew's latest survey on global perceptions of the United States.

 

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weaknesses.

 

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Turkey

Turkey

Erdogan isn’t the root of Turkey’s troubles. It’s a deep-seated cycle of repression and revenge—with no end in sight.

 

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Turkey

As politicians purposefully polarize their own society for political profit, the result is rage and violence.

CFR on the Record

Middle East and North Africa

Foreign Minister Zarif discusses current developments in the Middle East.

United States

Senator John Cornyn discusses the challenge facing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Asia

Is it possible for the United States to avoid a confrontation with China?

United States

Experts discuss foreign language learning in the U.S. education system as well as learning methods that go beyond the classroom walls, and the value of foreign language learning to U.S. national security.

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China China’s Maritime Disputes

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

Syria’s Civil War Who’s Who in Syria’s Civil War

Syria’s civil war is being fought on multiple fronts by an array of combatants whose alliances, capabilities, and in some cases motives have been in flux.

Labor and Employment U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker Programs

Hundreds of thousands of migrants come to the United States each year for work, but Washington has struggled to balance the shifting needs of industry with the concerns of the domestic labor force.

Democratic Republic of Congo The Eastern Congo

Over the past two decades, the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have experienced fighting that has killed more than five million people. As the eastern Congo struggles to overcome years of regional war, its hard-won progress remains at risk.

Cuba U.S.-Cuba Relations

The Trump administration has partially rolled back some business guidelines with Cuba while largely leaving the normalization policy unchanged.

Featured Publications

Arab Spring

A sweeping narrative account of the last five years in the Middle East and a timely argument of how and why the Arab uprisings failed.

U.S. Foreign Policy

CFR President Richard N. Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace.

Laos

The definitive account of the secret war in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos, which lasted almost two decades and forever changed the CIA’s controversial role in foreign policy.