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March 27, 2019

Italy
China’s Belt and Road Gets a Win in Italy

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature project, the Belt and Road Initiative, got a boost when Italy became the first major European country to join. What was behind Italy’s decision and what might it mean for allies in the United States and the EU?

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April 4, 2019

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Seven Decades of NATO

On April 4, 1949, the United States and eleven other countries met in Washington, DC, to sign the North Atlantic Treaty. The signing was part of a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy after World War II: rather than go it alone in peacetime as it had for the previous 150 years, the United States would stand with others. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) thereby became America’s first peacetime alliance outside the Western Hemisphere. Today, twenty-nine countries make up what is the greatest military alliance in history, one that continues to serve U.S. interests.

March 19, 2019

United Kingdom
Brexit’s Stickiest Point: The Irish Backstop

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been unable to convince her own party to pass the Brexit deal she negotiated with the European Union because of its backstop provision. What is it, and why does it m…

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May 13, 2019

Trade
The Global Trading System: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It

Introduction It has now been more than a quarter century since the United States, the European Union (EU), Japan and more than 100 other countries came together to conclude the Uruguay Round globa…

WTO World Trade Organization Geneva

January 31, 2019

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

In less than two months, the United Kingdom is set to crash out of the European Union without an arrangement for what comes next.

Simon Dawson/Reuters

April 22, 2019

Climate Change
A Global Pact for the Environment

A Global Pact for the Environment would lend coherence to international environmental law, give greater legal and political heft to existing environmental covenants, and safeguard the imperiled biosp…

Flowers in the Landes forest near Le Pyla, France, on March 21, 2019.

February 21, 2019

South Korea
Is Trump’s Hard Bargaining Fraying U.S.-South Korean Ties?

President Trump is undermining his peace initiative with North Korea by abruptly raising the cost to South Korea for U.S. security.

President Trump greets a South Korean general before a briefing from military commanders at Camp Humphreys in 2017.

March 12, 2019

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Measles and the Threat of the Anti-vaccination Movement

Measles cases have spiked as a growing number of anti-vaxxers, opting out of immunizations for their kids, threaten decades of progress toward eliminating the disease.

A medical staff worker with a syringe containing vaccine for measles and mumps at a clinic in Moscow, Russia.

November 7, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Economy Under Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to overhaul Brazil’s economy and align the country more closely with the United States, with uncertain implications for its relations with China.

Bolsonaro waves to Brazilian flag

September 19, 2018

South Korea
South Korea's Leader Makes Bold Effort to Enhance the Prospects for Peace

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has had more success than many expected in Pyongyang for his third summit with North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un acknowledge the audience at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea