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February 22, 2018

Food and Water Security
Dry Cape Town dam Why Is Cape Town Drying Up?

A historic dry spell has severely affected Cape Town's water supply, and global climate patterns suggest that other cities may face the same fate.

November 7, 2017

Health
A man comforts his fiancée, a patient at a breast cancer clinic in Tehran, Iran. With little access to preventive and primary care, working-age people in poorer nations are more likely to develop and receive late diagnoses for breast cancer and other NCDs. The Changing Demographics of Global Health

Understanding the speed, scale, and drivers of the shift to noncommunicable diseases at the country level and estimating the preparedness of health systems for that shift is important for the health planning, budgeting, and policy formulation of national governments and donors.

August 14, 2017

Trade
A truck carrying logs heads toward the Canada border. Reuters. Renegotiating NAFTA: Let the Games Begin

The North American Free Trade Agreement was the first in U.S. history to slash trade barriers between a wealthy country and a much poorer one. This week, the NAFTA will mark another first when offici…

January 29, 2018

Afghanistan War
The U.S. War in Afghanistan

The Taliban insurgency remains resilient sixteen years after U.S.-led forces toppled its regime in what led to the United States’ longest war.

April 17, 2017

Thailand
Thailand-Vajiralongkorn Thailand’s New King Adds Even More Uncertainty to Thai Politics

Two weeks ago, David Streckfuss, a longtime analyst of Thai royal politics, wrote an incisive op-ed in the New York Times. It effectively summarized a growing current of analysis about how Thailand’s…

March 17, 2016

Wars and Conflict
Syria’s Civil War Syria’s Civil War and the Descent Into Horror

Protests in Syria have descended into a civil war, giving rise to Islamic State militants and an outpouring of refugees and defying attempts at resolution.

December 15, 2015

Democratization
The Arab Uprisings Five Years On The Arab Uprisings Five Years On

On the eve of the Arab Uprisings’ fifth anniversary, CFR’s Steven A. Cook surveys the region’s tumult and backslide into autocracy.

March 29, 2017

United States
Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined…

March 9, 2017

India
Malabar 07 India and Australia Eye the World According to Trump

James Curran is Professor of History at Sydney University and a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He was recently in India as a guest of the Australian High Commissi…

March 2, 2017

Americas
People take part in a protest against corruption in Lima, Peru after a scandal involving bribes Brazil's Odebrecht distributed in Peru, February 16, 2017 (Guadalupe Pardo/Reuters). Latin America’s Accountability Revolution

A wave of corruption scandals has roiled Latin America in recent years, from Chile’s campaign finance affairs, through Mexico’s Casa Blanca revelations. Most recently, the information divulged in the…