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Human Trafficking

Between twenty and forty million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. This episode of the Why It Matters podcast examines how the crime plays out in the United States.

Women and Women's Rights

As the world celebrates the power and potential of girls today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, we must also grapple with the significant obstacles that prevent girls from participating fully in society.

Human Trafficking

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

Amid protests against police killing Black citizens, the United States can acknowledge it is not free from oppression without suggesting oppression is acceptable.

 

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus

In a fast-evolving crisis like a pandemic, GDP and other conventional economic metrics are simply too slow to be useful for policymakers who need to make decisions about when to lock down and reopen parts of the economy. Fortunately, real-time mobility data has opened a window into the world that COVID-19 has wrought.

 

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Cybersecurity

Election 2020

The United States is one of the countries that is most susceptible to foreign election interference. To safeguard the U.S. elections in November, Robert K. Knake argues that the United States and other democracies should agree to not interfere in foreign elections.

 

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Beijing’s new national security legislation could effectively end Hong Kong’s promised semiautonomy.

China

As China’s power continues to grow, some fear that the considerable autonomy Hong Kong has enjoyed over the last three decades could slip away.

 

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Arms Control

Treaties and Agreements

A pending U.S. withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies has alarmed some allies in Europe, who fear losing a valuable means of monitoring Russia.

Grand Strategy

President Trump’s penchant for going it alone makes little sense in a world increasingly defined by global challenges that can best be met through collective action.

 

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CFR on the Record

United States

Senator Chris Murphy discusses the latest on Congress and COVID-19, and the progressive foreign policy debate.

Energy and Environment

Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a staggering environmental cost.

Expert Spotlight

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Public Health Threats and Pandemics The Coronavirus Pandemic, With Tom Bollyky

Thomas J. Bollyky, director of CFR’s Global Health program and senior fellow for global health, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the World Health Organization’s newly declared pandemic, COVID-19.

Yemen Yemen in Crisis

Yemen’s mounting internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an escalating political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Human Trafficking Modern Slavery: Its Root Causes and the Human Toll

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

Syria Syria's War and the Descent Into Chaos

In the nine years since protesters in Syria first demonstrated against the four-decade rule of the Assad family, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed and some twelve million people have been displaced.

Global Women’s Power Index

Find out where women around the world wield political power—and why it matters.

Featured Publications

World Order

An invaluable primer from Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, that will help anyone, expert and nonexpert alike, navigate a time in which many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders.

U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States should respond to the COVID-19 reordering moment and stop deterioration in the balance of power with China, bolster relations with India and Europe, and reform the way it deals with allies and partners.

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.