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October 31, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World U.S. Sovereignty Enhanced, Not Undermined, by International Cooperation, Writes Stewart Patrick in New CFR Book

October 31, 2017—When the United States withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord in June, President Donald J. Trump justified the move as a necessary reassertion of U.S. sovereignty. In The Sovereignty…

October 26, 2017

Puerto Rico
Tesla installs solar power at children's hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico Repowering Puerto Rico with Solar a Worthwhile Goal, But Harder Than It Sounds

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, there is an opportunity for Puerto Rico to reconstruct its energy infrastructure to be more resilient and efficient. However, if short-term rebuilding is prioritized o…

March 21, 2002

United States
Bennett Freeman Named First Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow in Business and Foreign Policy

For immediate release Contact: Lisa Shields, Director of Communications, 212.434.9888 March 20, 2002 – The Council on Foreign Relations has named Bennett Freeman, a former senior official a…

November 2, 2016

China
Can China Reduce Its National Savings Rate with More Social Insurance?

Andrew Batson recently pushed back a bit against my attempt to frame one of China’s core macroeconomic problems as “too much savings.” He argues that policies to bring down savings have been tried in…

September 21, 2006

Afghanistan
Still Ours to Lose: Afghanistan on the Brink

Prepared Testimony for the House Committee on International Relations (September 20, 2006) and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (September 21, 2006)“The pyramid of Afghanistan government’s l…

April 10, 2006

Democratization
Afghanistan on “Life Support” Warns Council Report

Stabilization and reconstruction operations in Afghanistan have been overshadowed by developments in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, says the report, Afghanistan’s Uncertain Transition From Turmoil to …

March 17, 2006

Afghanistan
Afghanistan's Uncertain Transition from Turmoil to Normalcy

Overview Afghanistan’s Uncertain Transition argues that Afghanistan is still far from stability. While the country has reestablished basic institutions of government, it has barely started to m…

November 12, 2002

Conflict Prevention
Blood on the Doorstep

Read an excerpt of Blood on the Doorstep. Given the dramatic loss of life, the fallout in terms of refugees and other serious problems, and the attacks that deadly conflict inflicts on our fundame…

November 13, 2002

United States
International Community Knows the Consequences of Deadly Conflict but Does Little to Prevent It, Argues Barnett Rubin

November 13, 2002 — Given the dramatic loss of life, attacks on our fundamental values and the fall-out in terms of refugees and other serious problems, preventing deadly conflict and the disorder it…

March 26, 1999

Afghanistan
Testimony on the Situation in Afghanistan Before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Recent Events and Political Actors in AfghanistanFor policy recommendations, see text of oral testimony1. INTRODUCTION: SUMMARY OVERVIEW1On August 8, 1998, the Taliban (Islamic student) movement of A…