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February 23, 2021

Space
The Outer Space Treaty

Outer space is growing more crowded and contested. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan recommends regulating activities that disrupt, deny, or destroy space systems to ensure outer space is available to all…

A satellite with three extended solar panels passes over a cloudy ocean while orbiting Earth.

January 13, 2021

Cybersecurity
Transatlantic Data Transfers

U.S. surveillance activities have alarmed European partners, throwing the future of transatlantic digital trade into question. The United States should embrace collaboration and protections for perso…

Yellow wires, tied together, hang from the back of a black and gray server.

January 14, 2021

Conflict Prevention
Conflicts to Watch in 2021

In CFR’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey, U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate in the coming year.

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July 27, 2020

United Nations
From Norm-Takers to Norm-Makers

African UN member states should act as unifiers and conveners rather than dividers. More coordination could help them overcome the structural challenges they face at the United Nations.

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November 24, 2020

Democracy
Addressing the Effect of COVID-19 on Democracy in South and Southeast Asia

To prevent further democratic regression in South and Southeast Asia during the coronavirus pandemic, countries should continue holding free elections and counter illiberal leaders’ use of disinformation.

A police officer rides atop an armored personnel carrier during the start of a lockdown, owing to a rise in COVID-19 cases, in Navotas, in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines, on July 16, 2020.

June 29, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Understanding Gender Equality in Foreign Policy

Incorporating lessons from the approaches pursued by other countries, the U.S. government should take a more systematic and well-resourced approach to promoting gender equality in foreign policy.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström addresses the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security, in New York, on October 27, 2017.

January 18, 2017

Food and Water Security
Water and U.S. National Security

Overview Water and security concerns are inextricably linked in every region of the world. While shared interests have historically facilitated cooperation in managing water, the future could be d…

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December 1, 2019

United States
U.S. Adults’ Knowledge About the World

A new survey commissioned from Gallup by the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Geographic Society explores American adults’ knowledge about geography and world affairs.

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May 29, 2020

Election 2020
Banning Covert Foreign Election Interference

The United States is one of the countries that is most susceptible to foreign election interference. To safeguard the U.S. elections in November, Robert K. Knake argues that the United States and oth…

President Donald J. Trump holds up an executive order in front of a crowd at the White House.

June 3, 2020

Global Governance
Perspectives on a Changing World Order

Although the world seems destined to grow more competitive, congested, and contested in the coming years, the logic of major power cooperation remains inescapable. Efforts to shape a stable, inclusive, and beneficial order must be collaborative.

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