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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. This podcast examines its capabilities.
Iran Deal
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Iran Nuclear Agreement

President Trump's decision to decertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will plunge the agreement's future into uncertainty.
Richard N. Haass

Iran Nuclear Agreement


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.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Declining U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa calls into question the effectiveness of a preferential trade program for the region.




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. 

Expert Spotlight

Richard A. Falkenrath

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

U.S. Foreign Policy Terrorism and Counterterrorism Cybersecurity

Shannon K. O'Neil

Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program

Latin America Trade Immigration and Migration

Ray Takeyh

Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies

Iran Persian Gulf U.S. Foreign Policy




Kurds A Path to Independence?

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.