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June 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
A man digs through some mine waste searching for leftover cobalt. The Cobalt Boom

Demand has skyrocketed for cobalt, focusing attention on its complex and controversial supply chain. The element is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

June 4, 2018

Trade
Trucks wait in the queue for border customs control to cross into U.S. at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico April 5, 2018. Mexico Knows How to Fight a Trade War

Mexico's retaliatory tariffs (on some types of steel, lamps, cheese, pork, apples, grapes, and cranberries) will swat at Trump’s political base.

May 21, 2018

United States
Meeting the Challenge of Slow-Motion Crises

The United States faces three slow-motion crises—the future of work, climate change, and the federal debt—that we risk not tackling until it is too late.

May 17, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Anne-Marie Slaughter at fifth annual Washington Ideas Forum A Conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter

I recently hosted a CFR roundtable with Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and chief executive officer of New America to discuss, among other topics, her new book The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies …

May 3, 2018

China
The Rising Bilateral Deficit with China and the Negotiations Over China 2025 The Rising Bilateral Deficit with China and the Negotiations Over China 2025

A short review of the March U.S. trade data and a lot of speculation about the arc of the Sino-American economic relationship in light of the non-negotiability of Made in China 2025.

April 27, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura with members of the Women Advisory Board during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 2016. Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Oscar winner Frances McDormand explained how movies can be more diverse: inclusion riders. This approach is one worth considering outside of Hollywood—including in the con…

April 25, 2018

Mexico
Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) gestures while leaving the Palacio de Mineria after the first presidential debate in Mexico City, Mexico April 22, 2018. The Coming Presidential Elections in Mexico: Will López Obrador maintain the Lead?

This is a guest post by Isidro Morales, a professor of the School of Government at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Santa Fe (Mexico City) campus. On Sunday April 22, the first of three presidential deba…

April 9, 2018

Syria
Trump Faces Crowd Trump’s Syria Policy Isn’t Retrenchment. It’s Pandering.

Everything Trump does in Syria revolves around what’s good for Trump. And that’s bad for America.

April 3, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Dapchi School Girls Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering March 23 to March 30, was compiled with s…

August 16, 2017

Radicalization and Extremism
Charlottesville The U.S. Far Right’s Message of Hate Will Not Prevail Outside Its Internet Echo Chamber

The U.S. far right has learned from the self-declared Islamic State to spread its message of hate online. Fortunately, the neo-Nazi message is less likely to spread offline in the United States.