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May 21, 2019

China
China’s Massive Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the most ambitious infrastructure investment effort in history. But is it also a plan to remake the global balance of power?

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May 16, 2019

Trade
The Truth About Tariffs

Tariffs have been applied over the years to protect homegrown industries and target competitors who are seen as using unfair trade practices. They impose costs on both importers and exporters and had been in decline until the recent U.S.-China trade war.

A steelworker tests a sample of steel at an Indiana mill in March 2018.

May 13, 2019

Trade
The Global Trading System: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It

Introduction It has now been more than a quarter century since the United States, the European Union (EU), Japan and more than 100 other countries came together to conclude the Uruguay Round globa…

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May 10, 2019

United States
A Conversation With Stacey Abrams

This is the keynote event for the 2019 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs. 

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May 9, 2019

Sudan
The Roots of Sudan's Upheaval

While the Sudanese military expelled President Omar al-Bashir from office, the people of Sudan are ultimately responsible for toppling his regime, and the leaders of the protest movement have promised not to let up until civilian rule is secured. They well know that any persistence of military control represents a continuation of the Bashir regime, and in particular, the Arabic-speaking population’s monopoly of power.

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May 7, 2019

Global Governance
Global Governance in Crisis? A Conversation with Richard Haass and the Council of Councils

Richard Haass, Sunjoy Joshi, and Ferdinando Nelli Feroci discuss the mounting challenges to global governance and international cooperation, and the launch of the Council of Councils (CoC) Report Car…

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May 7, 2019

Military Operations
Human Progress and the American Military: A Conversation with Mac Thornberry

Congressman Mac Thornberry discusses his views on how American military strength has built and supported the liberal international order, and why continued global engagement is integral to the contin…

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May 6, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
A Century of Think Tanks

Richard Haass, Thierry de Montbrial, Robin Niblett, and Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal discuss how think tanks can stay relevant and credible in a time when distrust of experts is rampant. The conversatio…

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May 6, 2019

Libya
Loving Dictators Is as American as Apple Pie

Trump has embraced yet another strongman, this time in Libya. But it’s not just a personal failing—it’s a national tradition.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he addresses the 148th National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 26, 2019.

May 6, 2019

Defense and Security
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.