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October 13, 2021

Global
Annual Report 2021

This was an extraordinary year for the Council. Established in the wake of a global pandemic of influenza, CFR experienced its centennial year amid another—COVID-19. Although the celebrations this ye…

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January 3, 2017

Human Rights
Bolstering the UN Human Rights Council’s Effectiveness

Overview Two successive terms of U.S. membership on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), before the mandatory one-year hiatus, have improved the body’s performance in several ways. These improveme…

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December 11, 2015

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Managing Japan-South Korea Tensions

Overview Fifty years after the establishment of official diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea, continued animosity between the United States' two Northeast Asian allies remains a pro…

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April 21, 2021

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reinventing Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation as Cooperative Endeavors

Differences between nuclear and nonnuclear weapons states could seriously weaken the nuclear regime. Recasting disarmament as a common endeavor that addresses each country’s legitimate interests and …

An inflatable nuclear missile balloon stands at the ready before a protest held by the group Global Zero in McPherson Square in Washington, DC.

December 7, 2007

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Africa-China-U.S. Trilateral Dialogue

This report provides insight into a most unique, if not unprecedented, trilateral process. In mid-2005, the Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, sent a letter to Liu Guijin, then C…

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April 7, 2020

Global
Advancing Gender Equality in Foreign Policy

In recent years many countries have made gender equality a foreign policy priority. Government officials, civil society activists, and multilateral leaders reflected on these efforts and offered reco…

French President Emmanuel Macron leads a meeting of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council with Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Élysée presidential palace in Paris on August 23, 2019.

October 25, 2011

Israel
Israel

Overview Over the decades, American leaders have primarily explained the foundations of the U.S.-Israel relationship by properly citing shared democratic values and the moral responsibility Americ…

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October 25, 2011

Russia
Russia and U.S. National Interests: Why Should Americans Care?

Overview As the United States and Russia approach the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991, the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and Int…

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May 29, 2012

Economic Crises
Quarterly Update: The Economic Downturn in Historical Context

How do the recent economic collapse and recovery match up with past cycles? This chart book provides a series of answers, plotting current indicators (in red) against the average of all post–World Wa…

May 15, 2007

Health Policy and Initiatives
Is Male Circumcision the Key to Stopping the AIDS Epidemic?

Introduction The U.S. is in the midst of a five-year, $15 billion commitment to fight AIDS in developing countries. Despite that support, and billions of dollars from other sources, the AIDS pande…