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January 31, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Evaluating the Obama Administration’s Drone Reforms

Overview Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, serve a host of military functions. Although they are predominantly used for surveillance, they are also increasingly used as remotely operated weapon…

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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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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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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.

May 29, 2020

Election 2020
Banning Covert Foreign Election Interference

The United States is one of the countries that is most susceptible to foreign election interference. To safeguard the U.S. elections in November, Robert K. Knake argues that the United States and oth…

President Donald J. Trump holds up an executive order in front of a crowd at the White House.

October 29, 2015

Fossil Fuels
Automobile Fuel Economy Standards in a Lower-Oil-Price World

Overview Corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards, which require automakers to achieve government-mandated targets for the efficiency of the vehicles they sell each year, can reduce U.S. re…

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October 13, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Enhancing U.S. Diplomatic Engagement with Nonstate Armed Groups

Overview In this CPA Working Paper, Payton L. Knopf, a former Council on Foreign Relations fellow and current Foreign Service officer, discusses the importance of developing innovative diplomatic …

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March 22, 2010

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Seeking Nuclear Security Through Greater International Coordination

Overview In April 2009, U.S. president Barack Obama identified nuclear terrorism as the gravest threat to the United States. But debates in the main decision-making bodies in Vienna and New York r…

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June 21, 2016

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Perspectives on U.S.-China Competition

Overview Competition between the United States and a rising China has shaped the contours of global politics, security, and economics since the beginning of the twenty-first century. However, the …

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October 14, 2011

Security Alliances
The State of the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Republic of Korea (ROK) president Lee Myung-bak arrived in Washington this week for a state visit with President Barack Obama. This U.S.-ROK summit meeting comes as the legislatures of both countries…

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