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Americas

By supporting President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico’s new president risks diminishing his political capital at home and abroad.

Venezuela

The staying power of Nicolas Maduro’s embattled government may hinge on three critical allies: Russia, China, and Cuba.

Venezuela

In addition to a sharp economic downturn, Venezuela faces a humanitarian crisis. The United States can do little to prevent a downward spiral, but it should take measures to mitigate the political, economic, and humanitarian consequences of a potential mass emigration.
International Law
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International Law

Treaties enable governments to bring drug lords and other fugitives to justice, but a spate of recent cases show the extradition process can be fraught with political tension.

Trade

Trump must not play security card in China trade war.

 

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Taiwan

Taiwan

Forty years of finessing Taiwan’s status may be coming to a dangerous end.

Taiwan

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

 

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Immigration

United States

U.S. troops have been sent to the border with Mexico to supplement the work of Border Patrol agents amid debate over the merits of building a wall.

United States

Matt Waxman, professor of law at Columbia Law School, sits down with James Lindsay to discuss presidential emergency powers and executive actions.

 

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OPEC

Russia

Congress is considering a bill that could punish countries for artificially boosting oil prices. What could that mean for warming ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia?

 

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Oil and Petroleum Products

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, but the bloc’s influence is on the wane as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come to the fore.
Test your knowledge of India, from its independence movement to its border conflicts.

CFR on the Record

Economics

Benoît Cœuré discusses the European Central Bank, financial regulation, and the international role of the euro.

Iran

Panelists analyze Iran's foreign policy strategy, including their regional ambitions and interventions in Syria and Yemen, and offer recommendations on ways the United States should proceed after withdrawing from the JCPOA.

China

During the inaugural C.V. Starr & Co. Annual Lecture on China, panelists discuss the future of U.S.-China relations amidst ongoing trade frictions, tensions in the South China Sea, and political, demographic, and economic developments within China itself.

Economics

The World Economic Update highlights the quarter’s most important and emerging trends. Discussions cover changes in the global marketplace with special emphasis on current economic events and their implications for U.S. policy.

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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.

Taliban The Taliban

The Taliban has outlasted the world’s most potent military forces and its two main factions now challenge the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As U.S. troops draw down, the next phase of conflict will have consequences that extend far beyond the

Women and Economic Growth Growing Economies Through Gender Parity

Closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP.

Refugees and Displaced Persons How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Trump’s sharp cuts to refugee resettlement have sparked debate over the program’s national security implications.

Nigeria Boko Haram’s Deadly Impact

A new compilation of data gives insight into the African Islamist insurgency’s reach, tactics, and evolution. It reveals a far higher victim count than previous estimates.

Featured Publications

Middle East and North Africa

A personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy in the last forty years and an argument, both "realist" and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East.

United States

American diplomacy is in shambles under Trump, but beneath the daily chaos is an erosion of the postwar order that is even more dangerous.

Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Global health expert Thomas J. Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.