International Organizations

The G7 serves as a forum for highly industrialized democracies to coordinate economic, security, and energy policy, but critics say that its membership is outdated, undermining its relevance to global governance.

Health

WHO

With the United States likely to pull back on global health funding, the World Health Organization, under its new director-general, will need to undertake serious structural and administrative changes.

 

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Iran

Iran

The reelection of Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, as well as U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s strong affirmation of ties with Sunni Arab states, sets the stage for an intense new round of competition in the Middle East.

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NATO

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.

Security Alliances

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Russia

Experts explore policy options for the United States and Europe, including the possibility of a Western reset with Russia and the efficacy of sanctions.
Afghanistan

Politics and Government

Afghanistan

In May 2016, President Barack Obama authorized a U.S. military drone strike that killed Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour. A year later, we can judge whether this leadership “decapitation” strike achieved its intended political objectives.

Afghanistan

Without a major surge in force levels, the best outcome that the United States can hope for in Afghanistan is that the Taliban will tire of fighting and pursue peace, writes CFR’s Max Boot.

CFR on the Record

Politics and Government

Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski passed away on May 26. Watch him speak on U.S. foreign policy goals at CFR in 2012.

Global

This session addresses strategies to counter violent extremism by capitalizing on the contributions of women.

Middle East and North Africa

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

Expert Spotlight

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Wars and Conflict Syria’s Civil War and the Descent Into Horror

A civil uprising against the long-time rule of the Assads has deteriorated into protracted civil war. Here's a look at the elements that have deepened Syria's tragedy.

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.

Wars and Conflict Global Conflict Tracker

The Center for Preventive Action's (CPA) Global Conflict Tracker is an interactive guide to ongoing conflicts around the world of concern to the United States.

Featured Publications

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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.