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December 29, 2015

Global
World Outlook for 2016

Surging fears of terrorism, chaos in the Middle East, tensions in Asia, and the slowing Chinese economy suggest a challenging year lies ahead for global leaders, says CFR’s James M. Lindsay.

October 1, 2015

Russia
Risky Russian Moment in Syria

Russia’s military buildup in Syria could set back the self-proclaimed Islamic State and lay the groundwork for a political transition, but could also lead to a confrontation with the United States, s…

July 14, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
’Imperfect’ Iran Accord Could Exacerbate Mideast Situation

The new agreement between Iran does not resolve the problem and complicates U.S. relations with regional allies, says CFR President Richard N. Haass.

January 21, 2015

United States
The President’s Missed Opportunity

President Obama missed a chance in his annual address to make a case for bipartisan initiatives and failed to present a convincing defense of his foreign policy, says CFR President Richard N. Haass.

December 29, 2014

Global
A Turbulent Year Ahead

Ongoing Middle East conflicts, economic storm clouds, and perennial tensions in Asia augur a tough 2015 for global leaders, says CFR’s James M. Lindsay.

December 19, 2014

Israel
UN Shouldn’t Force Israel’s Hand

A UN Security Council vote pushing Israel to leave the Palestinian territories by 2017 would likely undermine the peace process, says expert David Makovsky.  

December 10, 2014

Russia
Where Is Putin Leading Russia?

President Vladimir Putin has failed to deliver a coherent response to Russia’s economic challenges while continuing to feed concerns about his intentions in Ukraine, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

December 8, 2014

Egypt
Is the U.S.-Egypt Special Relationship Over?

The United States and Egypt are unlikely to rebuild the strategic partnership they had decades ago, even though some in both countries favor a rapprochement, says CFR’s Steven Cook. 

November 21, 2014

Iran
Wary Nuclear Vigil for Iran’s Neighbors

Though a full deal with Iran appears remote, U.S. allies in the Middle East remain concerned about a continuation of negotiations that could lead to a nuclear-powered Iran, says expert Suzanne Malone…

November 14, 2014

Russia
Ukraine Needs U.S. Arms to Play Defense

Outmatched by the Russian military, Ukrainian forces require more support from the Pentagon, including defensive weapons, says expert Steven Pifer.