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December 22, 2017

China
Tung Chee Hwa, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China, addresses the media during a press conference in the Davos congress center January 29. Tung Chee Hwa is amongst 2000 high ranking representatives from politics and economy participating in the World Economic Forum's 29th annual meeting. Beware Chinese Influence but Be Wary of a China Witch Hunt

The recent spate of articles and books on rising Chinese influence in the Australian and New Zealand political systems has prompted U.S. officials, journalists, and others to take a harder look at ho…

November 13, 2017

Women and Economic Growth
A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

I recently hosted a CFR roundtable meeting with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the Obama Foundation, a board member of Lyft and Ariel Financial, and a senior advisor to the media company Attn. As…

April 15, 2016

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
U.S. President Barack Obama walks onstage for his press conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2016. The Nuclear Security Summits: Welcoming Strangers Bearing Gifts

The following is a guest post by Naomi Egel, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. The nuclear security summits, one of President Obama’s greatest leg…

October 30, 2017

China
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao, Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Chinese president Jiang Zemin raise their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing, China. The Four Traps China May Fall Into

One dominant theme of President Xi Jinping’s political report at the 19th Party Congress is China’s national rejuvenation. China was described as a “great power” or a “strong power” 26 times in his s…

October 1, 2017

Iran
Ideology and Foreign Policy

Barack Obama undertook two supremely ideological foreign policy moves. In both cases he seemed largely motivated by myths about American "crimes" in the past, and for that reason failed or refused to…

January 30, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Play RTSXIXP_EC.jpg 'The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State'

Graeme Wood discusses The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State, his intimate new account of what drives the jihadi group’s true believers.

September 12, 2013

International Organizations
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov after delivering opening remarks to the media before their meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria, in Geneva Russia’s Syria Initiative: Beware Strangers Bearing Gifts

Moscow has seized the initiative in the increasingly dizzying diplomacy over Syria’s chemical weapons (CW). By picking up on Secretary of State John Kerry’s offhand remark—that Damascus might avoid a…

March 9, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Madueke Maduekwe Trial to Begin in June

Former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Allison Maduekwe will be tried for money laundering in the United Kingdom in June. For many observers,  Maduekwe is the face of high-level corr…

February 17, 2017

China
A Lethal Bird Flu Returns to China

A surge in deaths in China from a virulent form of influenza has set off a scramble among health officials to find infected bird stocks, while experts have yet to produce a viable vaccine, writes CFR…

February 13, 2018

Political History and Theory
The Marshall Plan

Benn Steil, the award-winning author of The Battle of Bretton Woods, reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today.