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North Korea

The United States, Japan, and South Korea have reached a new level of cooperation amid growing fears of a coming North Korean crisis.
South Africa

South Africa

The provincial and national elections on May 29 come as the ruling African National Congress faces waning support thirty years after South Africa transitioned to democracy.


South Africa

Tensions in the U.S.-South Africa relationship only heighten as both countries head towards national elections. 


Against a backdrop of widespread violence, a record number of voters will look to elect Mexico’s first woman president in a June election that polls predict will go to Claudia Sheinbaum.


Violence continues to rage more than a decade after the Mexican government launched a war against drug cartels.
Shannon K. O'Neil




In his inaugural address, Taiwan’s new president Lai Ching-te signaled broad continuity on cross-strait issues. China, however, is likely to respond with increased pressure. 


Although China’s ambition to gain control of Taiwan is clear, doing so through force would prove enormously difficult and costly.


Differences over Taiwan’s status have fueled rising tensions between the island and the mainland. Taiwan has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations.

Election 2024

The European Union (EU) began implementing the Digital Services Act (DSA) this year, just in time to combat online disinformation and other electoral interference in the dozens of elections taking pl…

Election 2024

Panelists discuss the escalating threat of foreign disinformation and other forms of election interference and what the United States and its allies can do to combat this risk.  This meeting part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Meeting Series on Democracy.


Election security has been a major issue since the 2020 U.S. election. Policymakers and members of the public must take several concrete steps to ensure that elections are secure and free from interference.
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court was created to bring justice to the world’s worst war criminals, but debate over the court still rages.

Middle East Program

CFR experts discuss the implications of the death of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, new International Criminal Court charges against Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leadership, and other updates from …



U.S. Special Representative Penny Pritzker discusses ongoing Ukraine recovery and reconstruction efforts, having just returned from three trips to Ukraine in six weeks, including joining the Secretary of State in mid-May. She outlines U.S. priorities for supporting Ukraine in advance of the Ukraine Recovery Conference on June 11-12 in Berlin.While remarks will be on the record, the discussion portion of the meeting is not for attribution. Participants are free to make use of the information shared at the meeting but may not attribute any quotes or content to any speakers or participants. Use of personal recording devices and cameras is prohibited. CFR reserves the right to take or use photographs for its own use.Please note there is no virtual component to this meeting.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Panelists review the humanitarian situation in Gaza and discuss U.S. policy options to address the crisis.  

Wars and Conflict

In a conversation with David Miliband, Senior Advisor to the President for International Climate Policy John Podesta discusses the relationship between climate vulnerability and conflict zones. In the lead-up to COP29, he shares how the United States is boosting climate resiliency and adaptation to support communities around the globe affected by both climate and conflict.

Middle East and North Africa

Dr. Phil Gordon was the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2009–2011) and Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf Region (2013–2015). He is currently the National Security Advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris. For more information about the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF), please visit CFR’s Fellowship Affairs Page.   


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