Explainers
Backgrounders
  • The dollar’s role as the primary reserve currency for the global economy allows the United States to borrow money more easily and impose painful financial sanctions. But some experts say the costs to areas such as the Rust Belt are too high to bear.
  • As more people in China practice religion, the government continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to co-opt state-sanctioned religious organizations.
  • The U.S. census, one of the few in the world to directly count every resident, is used to distribute political power as well as federal funding. In 2020, it faces complications due to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as controversy over immigration, cybersecurity, and rising costs.
  • The federal agency has a broad mandate to protect Americans’ health and an expansive global reach. But the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked debate about the future of the CDC.
In Briefs
  • The United Kingdom and European Union are engaged in another bout of Brexit brinkmanship, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushing a bill that would undo their previous agreement. Here’s what to know.
  • The U.S. military is considering some major shifts to its posture in Europe, including a large withdrawal from bases in Germany, that are raising security concerns on the continent.
  • Fires in California and Oregon have been more devastating than ever before, but climate change means the worst is yet to come. Here’s how officials can prepare.
  • The August explosions in Beirut were the latest in a series of man-made disasters that have led some experts to say Lebanon is becoming a failed state.
Podcasts
  • Luciana Borio, vice president of In-Q-Tel and senior fellow for global health at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the process of developing and distributing a coronavirus vaccine.
  • On this special episode of The World Next Week, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Dina Smeltz, senior fellow for public opinion and foreign policy, to discuss the Chicago Council’s annual survey of American attitudes toward foreign policy. This year’s survey, which can be found on the Chicago Council’s website, is entitled “Divided We Stand.”
  • Rebecca Lissner, assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the United States might revamp its foreign policy. Lissner recently coauthored, with CFR senior fellow Mira Rapp-Hooper, An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order.
Special Projects
Videos
  • Human rights activists now say China's crackdown on Uighur Muslims meets the criteria of genocide. Here's why.
  • COVID-19 has spread across nearly every country in the world, disproportionally infecting and killing the vulnerable. Densely populated refugee camps with limited access to medical care are one of the most high-risk population on the globe. This video explores how international aid groups have stepped in amidst further hardship in refugee camps. 
  • As countries consider how and when to vote in the coming months, here's what experts recommend for holding safe and secure elections during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a staggering environmental cost.
InfoGuides