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June 21, 2018

Israel
What’s Behind Israel’s Growing Ties With China?

China and Israel have sharply ramped up trade, investment, and cultural ties in recent years, but obstacles to closer relations may yet emerge.

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and employees of China Railway Engineering Corporation mark the beginning of underground construction work on a light rail project in Tel Aviv.

May 31, 2018

Iran
Iran’s Restive Middle-Class Poor

The latest recurrence of domestic protests in Iran stems from the country’s role in regional wars, combined with corruption and economic mismanagement. This discontent is likely to continue to pose a…

Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Rome, Italy, on January 2, 2018.

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra

March 2, 2018

South Korea
Will South Korea’s Olympic Diplomacy Last?

South Korea must capitalize on its diplomatic push to bridge the divide between its longtime ally and its combative neighbor.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea’s Kim Yong-nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

January 26, 2018

Olympics
South Korea’s Olympic Gains

South Korea hopes to solidify its image as modern and efficient as host of the winter games, but its success relies heavily on cooperation from the North.

The Olympic Rings and 2018 mascots on display in Gangneung, South Korea.

January 17, 2018

Israel
Is Israel’s International Isolation Diminishing?

Votes against Israel at the United Nations over the decades seem to indicate it is a pariah nation, but the country’s expanding bilateral ties tell a different story.

Adnan Abidi/Reuters

October 19, 2011

Human Rights
Promoting Human Rights: Is U.S. Consistency Desirable or Possible?

In this Markets and Democracy Brief, CFR’s Mark Lagon argues for a more consistent approach to human rights promotion than the United States has often pursued in the past.

October 17, 2017

Kurds
Can the United States Broker Peace Between Iraq and the Kurds?

Washington should respond to sectarian conflict near Kirkuk by seeking to preserve a united Iraq while supporting Kurdish autonomy.

Reuters

September 22, 2017

Armenia
A Simmering Crisis Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Talks later this year between President Serzh Sargsyan and President Ilham Aliyev can reduce the likelihood of renewed armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Reuters

August 31, 2017

Global Governance
How the BRICS Got Here

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have created a meaningful partnership over the last several years, but the rivalry between the bloc’s two most powerful members poses an obstacle to gre…

Danish Siddiqui/Reuters