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Diplomacy and International Institutions

The United States needs to reimagine and reenergize its national security infrastructure, with a properly resourced and led State Department and foreign service, says Ambassador Frank G. Wisner on this CFR podcast.

 

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Trade
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China

China agreed to ramp up purchases of U.S. goods, including farm products, as part of a Phase One trade agreement. It looks increasingly unlikely that it will be able to.

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Singapore

Southeast Asia

Singapore

Singapore, one of the world’s wealthiest and most trade-dependent countries, punches above its weight in regional and global affairs.

 

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Immigration

Labor and Employment

The United States has long accepted hundreds of thousands of foreign workers each year, but the Trump administration has blocked many of these visas as unemployment among the domestic labor force has skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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Human Trafficking

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to curb trafficking and modern slavery. This post was authored by Jeff Bond, associate director, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS).
Syria

Middle East and North Africa

New U.S. sanctions under the Caesar Act could compound the economic turmoil threatening to undo the Assad regime.

Syria

In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria and avoid regional instability, the United States should make the outcome of the fight for Idlib a national security concern and exercise the leadership necessary for implementing diplomatic and political solutions to the civil war.

Syrian Civil War

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

The United States has reached an agreement with the Taliban, but significant challenges, such as political power-sharing, the role of Islam, and women’s rights, remain for achieving intra-Afghan peace.

Taliban

Since its ouster in 2001, the Taliban has maintained its insurgency against the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan government. A new U.S.-Taliban deal could pave the way for the group’s return to power.

 

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CFR on the Record

United States

United States

Drs. Lisa Cooper and Leana Wen discuss the racial inequities that exist in the health care field today and how that impacts the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

North Korea

Following the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War on June 25, panelists discuss how the war altered U.S. foreign policy, divided Korea, and had long lasting effects in the region.

Expert Spotlight

Philip H. Gordon
Philip H. Gordon

Mary and David Boies Senior Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy

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Losing the Long Game: the False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East

Jennifer Hillman
Jennifer Hillman

Senior Fellow for Trade and International Political Economy

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Scott A. Snyder
Scott A. Snyder

Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

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China China’s Approach to Global Governance

Learn about China's evolving approach to global governance and how it has shifted strategy under President Xi Jinping related to trade, the belt and road initiative, and the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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.

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