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May 4, 2021

Technology and Innovation
Open Access Fiber to Improve U.S. Internet Connectivity

To avoid falling behind the rest of the world on internet speed and access, the United States should rapidly deploy fiber-optic internet nationwide. 

Close-up of Joe Biden in a blue suit and blue tie, speaking and gesturing with his right hand, in front of several U.S. flags

March 25, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Major Power Rivalry in the Middle East

Great power competition is altering the prospects for managing conflicts in the Middle East. As policymakers rethink the United States’ role in the region, they should avoid the kind of strategic err…

The skyline of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is seen from the desert.

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.

October 16, 2019

Cybersecurity
Expanding Disclosure Policy to Drive Better Cybersecurity

Companies should disclose instances of cyber-enabled intellectual property theft. Disclosure requirements would give companies greater incentives to protect their intellectual property and allow investors to make better-informed decisions.

Mark Begor (left), CEO of Equifax, and Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, are sworn in during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on data breaches, March 7, 2019.

April 3, 2018

Space
Cybersecurity and the New Era of Space Activities

Satellite cybersecurity has received little attention from spacefaring states, despite significant risks.

SpaceX launches a Tesla into space

September 7, 2017

Corruption
How Anonymous Shell Companies Finance Insurgents, Criminals, and Dictators

The United States is one of the primary facilitators of anonymous shell companies, which are often used to fund terrorism and crime that threaten U.S. interests.

Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca

July 13, 2017

Fossil Fuels
Managing a Smaller U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Downsizing the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve will have economic and foreign policy consequences that have not been fully considered. U.S. foreign policy should prioritize the management of these c…

A section of the BP Eastern Trough Area Project oil platform is seen in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen in Scotland, on February 24, 2014.

June 19, 2017

Global Governance
Council of Councils Sixth Annual Conference

The conference devoted sessions on domestic support for trade, multilateral rules of the road in cyberspace, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the European Union, and the Middle East.

From left, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Hungarian Prime Minister Voktor Orban, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May pose for a photo during the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on May 25, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

April 7, 2017

Financial Markets
CFR Sovereign Risk Tracker

The CFR Sovereign Risk Tracker can be used to gauge the vulnerability of emerging markets to default on external debt. 

Sovereign risk tracker

February 13, 2017

Turkey
Reconciling U.S.-Turkish Interests in Northern Syria

Overview Since spring 2015, Turkey has suffered a wave of high-profile terror attacks linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). In response, Turkey deploy…

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