Washington should respond to sectarian conflict near Kirkuk by seeking to preserve a united Iraq while supporting Kurdish autonomy.
Air Force
Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

United States

As the primary service responsible for missions in air and space, the U.S. Air Force forms a critical component of the United States' defense.




Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Even if Congress declines to reinstate sanctions on Iran after President Trump’s address, the nuclear agreement will still be on shaky footing.

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Richard N. Haass

Iran Nuclear Agreement



As China’s senior Communist Party members anoint its future leaders, President Xi Jinping is poised to solidify his position and power at next week’s party congress.





Diplomacy and International Institutions




Giving macroeconomic policy advice to a country that saves 46 percent of its GDP is hard. Imprudent domestic policies help limit large external (trade) imbalances, and more prudent domestic policies could result in a return to large external imbalances.   Policy changes to reduce national savings are critical.
CFR wins an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding New Approaches: Current News.”

CFR on the Record

World Trade Organization (WTO)

This is the final session of the "The United States and World Trade: Future Directions" symposium. 

United States

This is the first session of the "The United States and World Trade: Future Directions" symposium. 


This is the third session of the "The United States and World Trade: Future Directions" symposium. 




Kurds The Time of the Kurds

The Kurds are one of the world's largest peoples without a state, making up sizable minorities in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Explore the InfoGuide.

Brazil Deforestation in the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest absorbs more greenhouse gases than any other tropical forest. But in Brazil, deforestation threatens biodiversity and contributes to climate change. Explore the Emmy-winning InfoGuide. 

United States Debating the Legality of the Post-9/11 ‘Forever War’

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force, passed by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, has been cited by the Bush and Obama administrations as sanctioning far-ranging military operations. Four scholars offer their perspectives on the AUMF’s legacy fifteen years on.

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.

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.

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.