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Japan

With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition expected to win decisively in snap elections, Japan is poised to seriously debate constitutional revision.
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Iraq

The rapidly receding footprint of the Islamic State has raised the risks for new confrontations in Iraq and Syria, as various armed groups compete for influence in liberated areas.

Syria

Syria’s conflict just got more tangled, but there’s some hope in the deal struck by Russia, Turkey and Iran.

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North Korea

China

North Korea

World powers continue to punish North Korea with economic sanctions, but problems persist with enforcement, and it's unclear if they'll be enough to pressure Pyongyang back into denuclearization talks.

U.S. Foreign Policy

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Kurds

Kurds

Washington should respond to sectarian conflict near Kirkuk by seeking to preserve a united Iraq while supporting Kurdish autonomy.

Kurds

Energy and Environment

Air Force

United States

Colonel George "Marty" Reynolds joins James M. Lindsay to examine the state of the U.S. Air Force.

 

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CFR's 2017 Annual Report, which includes a summary of the year's events, publications, and activities, is now available.

CFR on the Record

Myanmar

Eric Schwartz recounts his recent visit to Bangladesh and discusses what humanitarian organizations and international governments can do to address this crisis. 

United States

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

Trade

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

Expert Spotlight

Ely Ratner

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies

Asia China U.S. Foreign Policy

Karen B. Brooks

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia

Indonesia Southeast Asia Economics

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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.

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