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June 18, 2015

Vatican City
How to Read Pope Francis on the Environment

The pope’s encyclical on the environment carries a profoundly religious message about care for the earth, wedded to a new call for activism, say religious scholars Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

February 10, 2014

Fossil Fuels
Is U.S. Fossil Fuel Policy Keeping Millions Poor?

Is the U.S. government keeping tens of millions of people poor by focusing its development assistance on renewables rather than gas and coal? It’s a critical question – particularly as the United Sta…

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April 16, 2014

Space
Dangerous Space Incidents

Introduction As space systems increasingly perform and support critical operations, a variety of plausible near-term incidents in outer space could precipitate or exacerbate an international crisi…

November 13, 2012

International Organizations
November Surprise: The United States Wins Second Term on UN Human Rights Council

In the wake of the U.S. reelection to the UN Human Rights Council, Ryan Kaminski, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow, offers his an…

US Ambassador Donahoe listens to a speech during the Human Rights Council special session on the situation in Syria in Geneva

March 29, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Islam and Politics

Isobel Coleman, Ed Husain, and Michael Willis discuss the relationship between Islam and politics following the Arab uprisings, including how Islam affects women's and minority rights, democracy, and…

March 29, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Session Three: Islam and Politics

DEBORAH AMOS: (In progress) -- council meeting, so whatever you all say will be on the record.I'm going to introduce our panel. I'll do it shortly; otherwise, we can spend all day with their accompl…

November 3, 2011

China
China Games the G20, but to What End?

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes China's President Hu Jintao at the G20 venue where world leaders gather in Cannes on November 2, 2011. (Yves Herman / Courtesy of Reuters) One o…

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes China’s President Hu Jintao at the G20 venue where world leaders gather in Cannes on November 2, 2011.

September 19, 2011

Trade
Bipartisan Task Force Calls for “Pro-America” Trade Policy to Bring Home Benefits of Global Commerce

A CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report encourages the Obama administration and Congress to adopt a "pro-America" trade policy that brings to more Americans the benefits of global engagement.

September 19, 2011

United States
U.S. Trade and Investment Policy

One of the most effective ways to create good new jobs and reverse the income decline of the past decade is for the United States to "become a thriving trading nation," concludes a new high-level Cou…