Strength Through Peace

CFR experts explore how the United States can avoid war, stay strong, and keep the peace.

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Indian army soldiers walk along a road near Zojila mountain pass that connects Srinagar to the union territory of Ladakh, bordering China, on February 28, 2021. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/via Getty

The Strategic Consequences of India’s COVID-19 Crisis

The geopolitical implications of India’s tragedy won't be lost on the Biden administration Read More

Women Should Be at the Center of Afghan Peace Talks
With Afghan peace talks underway, those seeking to undermine the process are targeting Afghan women in hopes of derailing it. The US embassy in Afghanistan warned last month that extremist organizati…
Synchronizing With Europe on the Venezuela Crisis
The United States and its partners in the Americas have made little progress on ending the dire political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Only with the cooperation of crucial partners in the European Union can the U.S. government hope to reach a resolution in the stricken South American nation.
Wars and Conflict
Eruption of Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh
Ambassador (Ret.) Carey Cavanaugh is a professor of diplomacy and conflict resolution at the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Renewed military actio…
  • Afghanistan
    What to Know About the Afghan Peace Negotiations
    For peace to take hold in Afghanistan, formidable challenges will need to be overcome during the talks.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    A Conversation with Dr. K.Y. Amoako on the Future of African Development
    CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation Dr. K.Y. Amoako.
  • Afghanistan
    The False Promise of Peace in Afghanistan
    There is a significant risk of the peace process in Afghanistan collapsing or stalling indefinitely. In a new report from the Center for Preventive Action, Seth G. Jones details steps the United States could take to prevent that from happening. 
  • Syria
    U.S. Retrenchment Will Intensify Crisis in Idlib
    In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria and avoid regional instability, the United States should make the outcome of the fight for Idlib a national security concern and exercise the leadership necessary for implementing diplomatic and political solutions to the civil war.
  • Saudi Arabia
    Just How Important Is the Rift Between Qatar and the Saudi Arabia-led Quartet?
    Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…
  • North Korea
    The Illusion of Peace and the Failure of U.S.-North Korea Summitry
    On June 12, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon issued a highly unusual commemorative statement to mark the second anniversary of the first-ever meeting of U.S. President Donald J. Trump and N…
  • South Africa
    A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa
    CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews writer, lawyer, and governance expert Judith February.