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July 9, 2019

China
Is China Undermining Human Rights at the United Nations?

Under President Xi Jinping, China is pressing the United Nations’ human rights body to favor national sovereignty and development over calling out domestic rights abuses.

June 20, 2019

Sudan
Will Gulf Nations Tip the Balance in Sudan Crisis?

Gulf powers have lined up behind Sudan’s ruling military council. Where Sudan goes from here could depend on whether other powers play a countervailing role.

Sudanese protesters wave national flags and shout slogans during a protest outside the army complex in the capital Khartoum

April 8, 2019

India
India’s Vast National Elections: What to Know

India is set to begin a mammoth six-week voting exercise to elect a new parliament amid high unemployment, conflict with Pakistan, and debates about its future as a secular nation.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the public rally at Brigade ground on April 3, 2019 in Kolkata, India.

February 6, 2020

Americas
Why Can’t Central America Curb Corruption?

Pervasive corruption has long stymied development and fueled emigration from some of Central America’s poorest countries. The recent disbanding of antigraft commissions makes their prospects for refo…

January 30, 2020

United Kingdom
What Would a No-Deal Brexit Look Like?

The United Kingdom is formally set to leave the European Union on January 31, but negotiations continue to determine what that means for UK-EU relations.

Simon Dawson/Reuters

February 4, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus Outbreak: What Is the U.S. Public Health Response?

The CDC and other U.S. agencies are working to stop the spread of a new coronavirus that originated in China. But public health resources could become stretched if the outbreak worsens.

January 24, 2020

Mexico
Mexico’s Security Dilemma

Amid a spate of drug cartel attacks, Mexico is considering whether to increase security cooperation with the United States.

January 28, 2020

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
New START: The Future of U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Control

With this major U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control agreement set to expire next year, Washington should coordinate with Moscow for a New START treaty extension to allow for further negotiations and the…

January 28, 2020

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Trump’s Lopsided Mideast Peace Plan

The long-awaited plan presented by President Donald J. Trump paves the way for broader Israeli annexation of occupied territories, has no real chance of Palestinian support, and risks provoking viole…

January 16, 2020

Libya
What’s at Stake in Libya’s War?

The war between Libya’s rival governments is intensifying as more countries wade into the conflict, and analysts fear that a proxy war is brewing in the North African nation.