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January 17, 2018

U.S. Congress
Royce-Africa-Powell-Congress Ed Royce, Champion of Africa in the U.S. House, Will not Run for Reelection

This is a guest blog post by Anthony Carroll. Anthony is founding director of Acorus Capital, a private equity fund investing in Africa, and a vice president of Manchester Trade Limited, an internati…

December 2, 2010

Europe and Eurasia
Luck of the Irish Hinges on Banks Luck of the Irish Hinges on Banks

The EU-IMF Irish bailout gives Ireland a window of opportunity to solve its problems, but how large a window is it? Although the €85 billion headline number appears to be very large, at over 50% o…

May 25, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reagan and Gorbachev shake hands after their talks in Reykjavik. Singapore and Reykjavik: The Perils of Summitry

The 1986 meeting in Iceland between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was like none other. It offers helpful context for a potential U.S.-North Korea arms control summi…

May 7, 2018

South Korea
South Korea at a Crossroads Teaching Notes South Korea at the Crossroads

Teaching Notes for South Korea at a Crossroads, written by CFR Senior Fellow Scott Snyder

July 18, 2012

Military Operations
Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Militarism

In his 1977 study on military and civilian influence on U.S. uses of force, Soldiers, Statesmen, and Cold War Crisis, political scientist Richard Betts examined Cold War military intervention and esc…

March 12, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
ITU PP-14 What to Expect at the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference and What It Means for the Internet

In the past, U.S. pundits have raised red flags over a quadrennial ITU conference they fear could lead to a "UN takeover of the internet." The next ITU plenipotentiary conference takes place in the f…

March 4, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Yuri Gripas/Reuters Dear Mr. President, Reboot Before It’s Too Late

The Trump administration must address its problems of process and personnel if it is to contend with a world in disarray.

February 26, 2018

Trade
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The Real Game Trump Is Playing on NAFTA

He isn’t negotiating. He’s stalling for time.

September 25, 2014

China
australia mining The Lucky Country Is About to Run out of Luck

I don’t often write about Australia, partly because Australian politics are so stable and the country such a solid partner for the United States, but also because Australia has for twenty years basic…

January 17, 2013

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee speaks at his election day party in San Francisco, November 2011 (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters). The Renewing America Interview: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Pension Reform

When he took over as San Francisco's interim mayor in January 2011, Ed Lee seemed like just the reluctant warrior the city needed to tackle its fiscal woes. He hadn't run for office since his bid for…