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January 4, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
What Is the Iran Nuclear Deal?

The United States’ withdrawal from the arms control agreement has heightened tensions and left the remaining signatories scrambling to keep the deal alive.

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December 31, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Good Foreign Policy News Stories in 2020

Two thousand twenty will go down in the books as a very tough year. It’s of no comfort that historians say it ranks just eighth in terms of the most stressful years in U.S. history. Our lives were di…

Margaret Kennan is pushed in a wheelchair down a hallway lined with applauding hospital staff.

December 11, 2020

United States
Bipolarity is the Wrong Concept for U.S.-China Relations

When it comes to crafting policy, an all-consuming focus on bipolarity could be utterly disastrous. The Biden administration should junk the concept. 

U.S. and Chinese flag cover the foreground of the photo, with the background focused on the U.S. Army and China's People's Liberation Army military personnel attend a closing ceremony of an exercise of "Disaster Management Exchange" near Nanjing, Jiangsu province in China on November 17, 2018.

November 20, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is the Kafala System?

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for …

Workers are seen in the Lusail National Stadium, which is under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

November 19, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Security Forces and the Dangers of a Violence-First Approach

On October 20, 2020, Nigerians watched in horror on social media as men suspected to be members of the military opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters—a movement responding to a litany of abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A pair of military officers are seen walking towards a group of young men on the street in Nigeria. One man has both arms raised.

November 6, 2020

Human Trafficking
Addressing Child Labor in a Pandemic: Notes from the Field

Last year, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 2021 the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor. Despite such commitment, recent global estimates project child labour…

A girl watches the funeral procession of Muhammad Lateef Dar, a separatist militant, in Dogripora village.

October 22, 2020

News Release
Environmental and Health Crises Threaten China’s Rise, Warns Yanzhong Huang in New Book

“China’s environmental health crisis is perhaps the most important litmus test for the resilience of the Chinese state,” argues Council on Foreign (CFR) Senior Fellow for Global Health Yanzhong Huang…

October 14, 2020

Cybersecurity
Why Do States Publicly Attribute Cyber Intrusions?

Public attribution of cyber intrusions serves different functions in the short, medium, and long-term and and has important implications for policymakers.

Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia is welcomed by European Council President Charles Michel.

October 5, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Clean Network Program: Digital Age Echoes of the “Long Telegram”?

The U.S. State Department's Clean Network program, created in response to China's expanding capabilities in cyberspace, recalls the the warning George Kennan gave about the Soviet Union in his famous…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.

September 10, 2020

Cybersecurity
Congress Should Act to Ensure Weapon Systems’ Cybersecurity

Congress should pass legislation requiring the Department of Defense to assess the vulnerabilities of its weapon systems to cyberattacks.

U.S. House of Representatives Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) talks with Pentagon Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force Vice Director of Logistics Rear Admiral John Polowczyk.