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Trump Foreign Policy

U.S. State Department officials and Foreign Service officers fill essential roles that boost U.S. commerce and national security. What will happen if their ranks keep thinning?
Russian Hacking
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Russia

Russia’s information warfare operations are aggressive and adaptive, but Western governments can take steps to guard against them. Awareness of the threat is crucial.

Russian Hacking

Charges of foreign power interference in the U.S. presidential election have raised grave national security concerns and touched off multiple federal inquiries that could drag on for months.

 

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

 

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.
Lebanon

Lebanon

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the crisis could run through Yemen.

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Same-Sex Marriage

Global

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, but opposition remains strong in many countries.

 

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War Powers

Trump Foreign Policy

CFR's John B. Bellinger III joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to examine the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

 

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CFR on the Record

Economics

This is the keynote session of the Stephen C. Freidheim Symposium on Global Economics. 

Economics

This is the second session of the Stephen C. Freidheim Symposium on Global Economics.   

Economics

This is the third and final session of the Stephen C. Freidheim Symposium on Global Economics. 

Climate Change

Following the U.S. federal government’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, individual cities and states are actively seeking to shape their own climate policies. 

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Budget, Debt, and Deficits U.S. Corporate Tax Reform

President Trump has vowed to pass corporate tax reform in 2017, but Congress must still navigate complex negotiations over how to reduce rates and subsidies, as well as whether to tax profits made abroad.

Saudi Arabia How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia’s stability is not under immediate threat, but questions about the Kingdom's fate in longer-term will persist.

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.

Featured Publications

U.S. Foreign Policy

Stewart Patrick argues that the United States can protect its sovereignty while advancing American interests in a global age. He clarifies what is at stake in the sovereignty debate, arguing that the nation must make "sovereignty bargains" to achieve its aims in a complex world.

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.

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.