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Intelligence

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been reoriented toward counterterrorism in recent years, but continues to face charges of overreach.

Defense and Security

The dismissal of FBI Director James Comey raises concerns about the government’s ability to investigate Russian meddling in U.S. elections, and the broader national security role of the agency.

 

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South China Sea
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South China Sea

Changing China's behavior in the South China Sea will require a change in course.

 

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China

North Korea

North Korean Nuclear Program

North Korea has embarked on an accelerated buildup of weapons of mass destruction and modernization of its already large conventional force.

China

China

Cuba

Cuba

The Trump administration has partially rolled back some business guidelines with Cuba while largely leaving the normalization policy unchanged.

 

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Cuba

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Intelligence

Intelligence

Intelligence

Intelligence agencies love working in the shadows. However, in a post-Snowden world, they will have to get used to working in the spotlight.

 

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

The recent vote may not advance Puerto Rican statehood, but it may focus attention on its heavy debts and exposure to upcoming U.S. health-care and budget measures.

United States

Experts discuss the factors that led to Puerto Rico’s crisis, the options for restructuring its more than $70 billion debt, and solutions for helping fix the island’s economy.

 

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CFR on the Record

Global

Experts discuss the current threats and vulnerabilities in U.S. cybersecurity and the level of U.S. preparedness in responding to the next cyberattack.

United States

Senator John Cornyn discusses the challenge facing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Asia

Is it possible for the United States to avoid a confrontation with China?

United States

Experts discuss foreign language learning in the U.S. education system as well as learning methods that go beyond the classroom walls, and the value of foreign language learning to U.S. national security.

Expert Spotlight

Matthew J. Slaughter

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization

Competitiveness Labor and Employment Technology and Innovation

Robert Kahn

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics

International Economic Policy International Finance Economics

Elizabeth C. Economy

C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies

China Asia Energy and Environment

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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.

Syria’s Civil War Who’s Who in Syria’s Civil War

Syria’s civil war is being fought on multiple fronts by an array of combatants whose alliances, capabilities, and in some cases motives have been in flux.

Cuba Putting the Brakes on Cuba?

The Trump administration has partially rolled back some business guidelines with Cuba while largely leaving the normalization policy unchanged.

Religion The Sunni-Shia Divide

Sectarian conflict is becoming entrenched in a growing number of Muslim countries and is threatening to fracture Iraq and Syria. Tensions between Sunnis and Shias, exploited by regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, could reshape the future Middle East.

Kurds Are Conditions Ripening for Iraqi Kurdish State?

Iraqi Kurds have enjoyed virtual autonomy for more than two decades, but formal independence might finally be in reach due to changing realities facing Iraq and Turkey. (Azad Lashkari/Reuters)

Featured Publications

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.

Laos

The definitive account of the secret war in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos, which lasted almost two decades and forever changed the CIA’s controversial role in foreign policy.