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United States

President Trump's call for more concrete slabs or steel slats to secure the U.S. southern border misunderstands what effective walls have always been: a fusion of people, technology, and physical barriers.

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.

 

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Afghanistan War
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Afghanistan War

The United States should avoid a rapid, unconditional exit from Afghanistan but also minimize the costs of staying.

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North Korea

North Korea

Kim’s meetings with Xi are an effort to drive up the price in negotiations with the United States beyond what North Korea would be able to demand on its own.

 

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China

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and arguably has the most leverage on Kim Jong-un’s regime. But while Beijing appears willing to condemn its neighbor’s nuclear developments, analysts say its cautious policies remain focused on stability.
Middle East

Middle East

The central takeaway from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Cairo speech is that the United States needs to rely more on allies to stabilize the Middle East.

 

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Turkey

Turkey

Erdogan promises to finish America's fight against the Islamic State, but it's the Kurds that he's out to destroy.

 

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The strategic relationship between the United States and Turkey is over. While Turkey remains formally a NATO ally, it is not a partner of the United States. The United States should not be reluctant to oppose Turkey directly when Ankara undermines U.S. policy.
Find out how much you know about the Kurdish people, from their campaign for statehood to their role in the Syria conflict.

CFR on the Record

Women and Economic Growth

Christine Lagarde discusses the economic implications of gender inequality under the law and outline policy recommendations to accelerate women’s economic participation.

Women and Economic Growth

Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, discusses legal and regulatory disparities in access to and usage of formal financial institutions and highlight how well designed digital tools can promote the financial inclusion of women.

Russia

Panelists discuss current political and economic policies in Russia, and how Russia’s domestic affairs influence its foreign policy.

Syria

CFR hosts a screening of 82 Names: Syria, Please Don't Forget Us, a documentary film co-produced with the United Sates Holocaust Memorial Museum and Maziar Bahari, that traces the journey of Mansour Omari, a survivor of torture and imprisonment in Syria.

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Human Trafficking The Scourge of Modern Slavery

Slavery, long banned and universally condemned, persists in many corners of the world, victimizing tens of millions of people.

Iran Who Runs Iran?

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and responding to domestic calls for reform? A look at the government's organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

North Korea North Korean Nuclear Negotiations: A Brief History

Nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea have proceeded in fits and starts across three decades and have failed to halt the advance of the North’s atomic weapons program.

Israel The Stakes in Jerusalem

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the embassy there could inspire protest and set back the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Trade Dealing With Disputes

With President Trump taking aim at existing trade agreements, countries are increasingly grappling with dispute resolution mechanisms and their implications for global trading rules.

Featured Publications

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.

China

The Third Revolution argues that Xi Jinping’s dual-reform trajectories—a more authoritarian system at home and a more ambitious foreign policy abroad—provide Beijing with new levers of influence that the United States must learn to exploit to protect its own interests.