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September 24, 2008

Bhutan
Bhutan’s Road to Democracy

Bhutan’s first democratically-elected prime minister discusses the century-old monarchy’s transition to democracy and its ties with its neighbors, India and China.  

September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

August 15, 2018

Libya
Can Libya’s Divisions Be Healed?

The Islamic State has been nearly defeated and migrant crossings to Europe have declined, so why is Libya’s state failure so troubling?

Libya

August 12, 2009

Food and Water Security
Obama’s Food Security Initiative in Africa

CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett says President Barack Obama’s agriculture development and food security initiative holds promise, but it must focus on how to assist women, who are responsible for th…

June 7, 2011

Global
HIV’s Tenuous Funding Road

With the UN meeting on AIDS funding this week, CFR’s Laurie Garrett says the slow response to the AIDS epidemic was the single biggest failure in public health and argues the need to double funding f…

May 8, 2018

Rohingya
The Rohingya Crisis and the Meaning of Genocide

Despite evidence of systematic violence against the Rohingya, countries remain reluctant to classify the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State as genocide.

Hannah McKay/Reuters

May 4, 2018

Iran Nuclear Agreement
How Sanctions Decision Could Jeopardize the Iran Agreement

Iran could restart aspects of its nuclear program if President Trump declines to renew sanctions waivers this month, leaving major powers with few options for monitoring or restricting it.

President Trump speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House in October 2017.

April 16, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Can Syria’s Chemical Weapons Be Stopped?

The United States should follow targeted strikes in Syria with intensified global efforts to nullify the regime’s chemical weapons capabilities.

A firefighter works inside the destroyed Scientific Research Center in Damascus.

March 15, 2018

Russia
Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene

July 28, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Tightening the Pentagon’s Belt

Defense-spending cuts should be a big part of a deficit reduction deal, says CFR’s Richard Betts, with the Pentagon pursuing a budget that reflects a reduced threat environment and limits the product…