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June 9, 2017

United Kingdom
EU and UK flags fly during a pro-EU march in front of the British Parliament in London. What Brexit Means

Brexit supporters argue that the EU threatens sovereignty and stifles growth, while opponents counter that EU membership strengthens trade, investment, and the UK’s standing in the world.

May 20, 2017

United States
Quiet American Set Ten More Vietnam War Movies

Two years ago I posted my picks for the "Top Ten Vietnam War Movies." As I noted earlier this month, whenever you post a list you are inviting people to point out what you missed. Since today is the …

March 9, 2017

China
Asia China India Japan H-1B Li Keqiang Visas Trump’s Attack on H-1B Visas: A Boon for Asia?

Rachel Brown is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. This is the third part of a series on migration trends in India and China. India’s outsourcing and IT secto…

August 11, 2014

China
A security guard (R) looks on as a man writes characters on the back of six topless activists with the message "pay attention to children trafficking" during a demonstration against children abduction and trafficking, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jon Woo (CHINA - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY) Erwin Li: Finding China’s Missing Children

Erwin Li is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Late last month a National People’s Congress inspection group vowed to raise “[the] moral concepts of juvenile protection …

September 10, 2013

China
A labourer has his dinner under his shed at a construction site of a residential complex in Hefei, Anhui province, August 1, 2012. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters) China’s Li Keqiang on the Urbanization Warpath

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is on the urbanization warpath. For Li, urbanization—transforming rural Chinese into urban dwellers—has become perhaps the most important issue of his early months as premi…

October 24, 2016

China
china-fx-settlement-v-cny China’s September Reserve Sales (Using the Intervention Proxies)

The most valuable indicators of China’s intervention in the foreign exchange (FX) market are now out, and both point to a pick-up in sales in September, and more generally in Q3. The data on F…

July 2, 2014

China
Shi tou (not her real name), a lesbian, is seen in front of a rainbow flag during a campaign to promote the acceptance of homosexuality in Beijing February 14, 2008. For a number of Beijing's gay and lesbian community, Valentine's Day is not just a day to celebrate loving relationships, but also an ideal time to campaign for same-sex marriages and the acceptance of homosexuality in China. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA) Erwin Li: Better Together? Two Approaches to LGBT Activism in China

Erwin Li is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In just its sixth year, Shanghai Pride has emerged as a major celebratory event for China’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and tr…

April 24, 2012

Security Alliances
The Future of NATO

As U.S. and European leaders prepare for the NATO summit in May, CFR’s Stewart M. Patrick and Chatham House Director Robin Niblett discuss why the alliance will remain important for Europe and the Un…

October 6, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Counter-Jihad in the Islamic World

Expert Robin Wright discusses the unfolding developments of the Arab Spring with CFR’s Isobel Coleman. Wright argues that a "counter-jihad" is happening, which is "challenging the political status qu…