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February 13, 2018

United States
The Marshall Plan Holds Lessons for Present Tensions With Russia, Benn Steil Writes in New Book

February 13, 2018—The Marshall Plan—the costly and ambitious initiative to revive western Europe after World War II—marked the true beginning of the Cold War, argues Benn Steil. Bringing to bear …

February 12, 2018

Intelligence
CFS Leitrim The Intelligence Collection Implications of the CLOUD Act

The CLOUD Act is supposed to help foreign law enforcement investigate crime. It could also help foreign countries spy on each other. 

January 3, 2018

North Korean Nuclear Program
Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

July 10, 2017

China
Relatives of detained rights lawyers and activists protest in front of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, July 7, 2017. Why Beijing Fails to Fight Human Trafficking

Despite a verbal commitment to international standards, the Chinese government lacks the political will to take on trafficking and protect broader human rights.

December 13, 2017

China
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shake hands before a ceremony in Canberra, Australia. Australia, New Zealand Face China’s Influence

Reports that China has stepped up efforts to gain influence in foreign political systems have sparked concern in Australia, New Zealand, and other states amid signs that the campaign may be shaping d…

November 29, 2017

United States
US-Debt-BGR-Header-2-1160x630.jpg Trump and the National Debt

The U.S. national debt now exceeds $14 trillion, prompting calls for tax reform and spending cuts as President Trump works with Congress on budget plans. 

November 15, 2017

United States
John Pomfret’s “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom” Wins 2017 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

 November 15, 2017—Journalist John Pomfret has won the sixteenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, …

November 2, 2017

Energy and Climate Policy
Rebuttal: Oil Subsidies—More Material for Climate Change Than You Might Think Rebuttal: Oil Subsidies—More Material for Climate Change Than You Might Think

This post is authored by Peter Erickson, a staff scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute and a co-author of a new paper in Nature Energy that studies how much of U.S. oil reserves are econom…

November 1, 2017

United States
VICE Special Report: A World in Disarray VICE Special Report: A World in Disarray

Teaching Notes for the VICE Special Report from HBO based on the book A World in Disarray written by CFR President Richard Haass.

October 27, 2017

United States
The 2014 Dollar Rise is no Longer Impacting U.S. Trade The 2014 Dollar Rise is no Longer Impacting U.S. Trade

One reason why headline GDP has increased by around 3 percent (q/q, annualized) in the last two quarters is that net exports contributed positively to growth. Not in any big way, but they contributed…