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March 6, 2019

United States
Defending America From Foreign Election Interference

The United States needs to safeguard the democratic process against foreign interference. It should ensure both the technical integrity of the voting system and that voters are not subjected to forei…

Voters fill out their ballots at Loudon County High School in Leesburg, Virginia, on election day, November 6, 2018.

February 28, 2019

Palestinian Territories
Rethinking U.S. Policy Toward the Palestinians

Trump’s new approach to the Palestinians will do more harm than good. The United States cannot solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it can and should avoid making it worse.

Palestinians take part in the Great March of Return demonstration in the Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on February 22, 2019.

May 12, 2014

United States
Curtailing the Subsidy War Within the United States

Read Edward Alden's accompanying blog post. Each year, U.S. state and local governments spend tens of billions of dollars to lure or retain business investment. The subsidies waste scarce taxpayer…

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February 7, 2012

China
Fostering Greater Chinese Investment in the United States

See CFR Senior Fellow and Renewing America Director Edward Alden's accompanying blog post here. Download the Chinese translation of this report [PDF]. Introduction China recently became the …

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September 26, 2018

Peacekeeping
Increasing Female Participation in Peacekeeping Operations

Women are routinely underrepresented in peacekeeping operations, even though their participation has been shown to improve mission effectiveness and advance stability. The U.S. government should support a UN premium for police- and troop-contributing countries to increase the training and deployment of female peacekeepers.

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April 9, 2015

Afghanistan
Why the United States Should Work With India to Stabilize Afghanistan

The international military presence in Afghanistan has shrunk dramatically, and even with a slower pace of troop withdrawal, the country's security situation has already worsened. Iraq's chaos provid…

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January 19, 2012

Homeland Security
Faster, Safer, and Smarter: A Modern Visa System for the United States

Introduction The U.S. visa system is still not effectively focusing resources on those who pose a threat to our country. More than a decade after 9/11, foreign tourists, business travelers, studen…

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April 6, 2018

China
Exposing China’s Actions in the South China Sea

China is increasing its control over the South China Sea, and has used deceptive propaganda to conceal its destabilizing activities. The U.S. government should roll out information operations to expose China's behavior and hinder its ability to expand and consolidate power in the region.

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army Navy patrol near a sign in the Spratly Islands.

June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments
Creating a State Department Office for American State and Local Diplomacy

With the increase in subnational international activity, the United States should create an appropriately staffed office within the State Department to serve as a facilitator. This achievable bureaucratic reform would enable the U.S. government to appropriately facilitate activity already underway, enlist city and state leaders as allies in U.S. diplomacy, and prevent policy confusion.

Former San Antonio (Chennai Sister City) Mayor Julian Castro meets Chennai Corporation Mayor Saidai Duraiswami in Chennai, India, on January 25, 2013. (U.S. Consulate General, Chennai)

July 11, 2016

Gender
Closing the Gender Gap in Development Financing

A substantial body of evidence confirms that investment in women and girls yields high returns for poverty eradication, economic growth, and sustainable development. However, international and nation…

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