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December 20, 2017

Global Governance
Desperately Seeking Sherpas: Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2018

The Trump administration’s approach to ten critical global summits in the year ahead will show whether its pullback from multilateralism in 2017 was an aberration or the start of a new normal.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

December 18, 2017

United States
Trump Security Strategy a Study in Contrasts

The president’s first national security strategy eloquently sums up the U.S. role in the world and what should be done to defend it, but much of the document is at odds with what the president himsel…

Trump introduces his administration's first national security strategy.

November 3, 2016

Health
Health and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Miracles

To continue the extraordinary progress of the past fifteen years, the next U.S. administration should further integrate global health, development, and pandemic preparedness into the U.S. national se…

December 24, 2015

Global
Seven Big Summits to Watch in 2016

CFR’s Stewart M. Patrick previews major summits in the coming year.

November 24, 2015

Global
Five Things to Watch at Paris Climate Summit

The Paris talks have been built up as a critical moment for confronting climate change, making even the perception of success important for momentum on lowering carbon emissions, writes CFR’s Michael…

October 9, 2014

United States
A Pivotal Moment for U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

The Obama administration’s review of its nuclear spending will shape the country’s arsenal for decades to come and could be the president’s final chance to influence arms control, writes CFR’s Adam M…

February 4, 2016

Trade
TPP Tobacco Exception Proves the New Rule in Trade

The special exemptions for tobacco products in the TPP trade deal say less about cross-border investment rules generally, and more about the unique nature of tobacco under U.S. and international law,…

December 22, 2015

China
The World Economy in 2016: Watch China

The main uncertainty in the global economy next year will be China, which could become the source of the next economic shock, writes CFR’s Sebastian Mallaby.

November 26, 2012

Climate Change
A Transitional Climate Summit in Doha

The UN climate meeting could show progress on outstanding issues from previous rounds, but negotiators are focused on modest steps forward rather than major breakthroughs, says CFR’s Michael Levi.

November 28, 2011

International Organizations
Durban’s UN Climate Stakes

Delegates at climate talks underway in South Africa would be better off addressing matters such as a global climate fund rather than trying to preserve the contentious Kyoto Protocol, says CFR’s Mich…