Brazil

A new scandal brings fresh turmoil to Brazilian politics but President Michel Temer may last out his term in office yet. (Photo: Nacho Doce/Reuters)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

The U.S.-Saudi relationship, long bound by common interests in oil and security, has shown strains over what some analysts see as waning U.S. involvement in the Middle East and a more assertive Saudi foreign policy.

Middle East and North Africa

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Iran

Iran

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a potential run at being Iran’s next supreme leader.

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Security Alliances

Politics and Government

Michael Fullilove and Robin Niblett join CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining how America's allies view the Trump presidency.

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Homeland Security

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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Global Governance

Global Governance

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Global

Andrew Natsios, former Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining the U.S. role in mitigating famine and humanitarian crises abroad.

CFR on the Record

Middle East and North Africa

United States

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw discusses his tenure as deputy supreme allied commander Europe and provides his perspective on the strategic threats facing NATO.

Middle East and North Africa

Philip H. Gordon, Farah Pandith, and James M. Lindsay discuss the future of the Middle East.

Expert Spotlight

Matthew M. Taylor

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Brazil Corruption Latin America

Ray Takeyh

Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies

Iran Persian Gulf U.S. Foreign Policy

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NATO The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Russian aggression in Ukraine has breathed new life into the Cold War-era security alliance, prompting allies to reinforce defenses in Eastern Europe and expand cooperation with nonmembers. (Photo: Karl Andersen/U.S. Navy)

Trade NAFTA’s Economic Impact

More than twenty years after its implementation, the North American Free Trade Agreement continues to spur debate over its impact on economic growth and jobs. (Photo: Josue Gonzalez/Reuters)

Sub-Saharan Africa Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

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.

China China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.

United States How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

Featured Publications

Monetary Policy

In this biography of Alan Greenspan, Sebastian Mallaby brilliantly explores Greenspan's life and legacy and tells the story of the making of modern finance.

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.