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August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

July 24, 2018

China
Beijing Vaccine Chinese Parents, Pharma Industry Worried Sick After Latest Vaccine Scandal

In a society that cherishes health, longevity, and continuation of the family line, there is a lingering and growing fear that the existing system is broken.  

July 5, 2018

China
Lu Libing and his pregnant wife, Mu, pose for pictures during an interview with Reuters at their home in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province March 13, 2014. China’s Baby Blues: When Better Policies for Women Backfire

Being a woman is hard, but being a woman in China is getting harder. China’s rapidly aging population and gender imbalance have led to looming demographic and societal issues, and women are caught in…

June 29, 2018

China
Podcast A man walks past New Year decoration pictures featuring China's President Xi Jinping, China's late Chairman Mao Zedong and some other current senior officials, at a market in Juancheng, Shandong province, February 17, 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year on Feb. 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram). Podcast: Xi Jinping's Third Revolution

First came Mao, then came Deng, now Chinese President Xi Jinping has ushered in the Third Revolution, introducing sweeping reforms throughout the government, economy, and society. Unlike past leaders…

June 28, 2018

United States
summer reading 2018 What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

June 26, 2018

North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un meet in a one-on-one bilateral session at the start of their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018. The Art of the Summit

President Trump prides himself on being a "dealmaker." In one of his biggest deals yet, he brokered a joint statement between the United States and North Korea. To what extent did he use his eleven-s…

June 21, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Podcast Syrian refugee girls gesture as they sit inside a classroom at a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon, October 19, 2017. The Opportunity to Thrive: Girls' Education in Humanitarian Crises

In the shadow of this year’s World Refugee Day, 39 million girls living in countries impacted by conflict or natural disaster still do not have access to education. A lifeline in times of turmoil, ac…

June 19, 2018

Taiwan
Representatives of Taiwan and the United States place items in a time capsule at the dedication ceremony of the new American Institute in Taiwan complex in Taipei. Is Washington Boosting Ties With Taiwan?

The opening of a new U.S. diplomatic compound in Taipei doesn’t mark a major change in ties, but the Trump administration has taken new approaches to dealing with China over Taiwan.

June 8, 2018

North Korea
The U.S.-North Korea Summit: Resources from CFR and Foreign Affairs

A highly anticipated meeting between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to take place in Singapore on June 12. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreig…

June 7, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Podcast Mishi Mohammed, a phlebotomist, holds a blood sample from a woman to test for HIV at the Mater Hospital in Kenya, September 10, 2015. Young Women Empowered Against HIV: Violence, Education, Institutions

Girls and women make up more than half of the 36.7 million people living with HIV globally. Research shows that gender inequalities, including gender-based violence, exacerbate girls’ and women’s vul…