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February 12, 2015

Americas
CFR Expert Blake Clayton Proves Oil-Market Anxiety Is Irrational in New Book

Over the last hundred years, many experts have fallen prey to fears that the world’s oil is dwindling and prices are doomed to rise, yet such predictions have repeatedly proven wrong, writes Blake C…

October 17, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Banks around the world are cashing in on an untapped market — women. And it's transforming their lives.

Access to a bank account is transforming women's lives and boosting economies from Nigeria to Tanzania to Vietnam. Close to a billion women around the world can, if given the chance — and the financi…

An employee registers a customer for a mobile money transfer, known as M-Pesa, inside the Safaricom mobile phone care center in Kenya's capital Nairobi.  July 15, 2013.

October 11, 2018

China
Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians, and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing.

October 11, 2018

China
Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar.

October 10, 2018

Refugees and Displaced Persons
How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Trump’s sharp cuts to refugee resettlement have sparked debate over the program’s national security implications.

Syrian refugees who crossed the Evros River wait to be transferred by police to a first reception center in Greece.

October 2, 2018

Trade
In the NAFTA Deal, Trump Got What Democrats Couldn’t

Critics are panning the president’s new trade deal with Canada and Mexico as a minor update. They’re wrong—it’s a significant accomplishment.

Trump US Mexico Canada Trade

September 21, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
MIKTA in the Middle: A Little-Known Multilateral Group Turns Five

In 2013, the nations of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia formally launched “MIKTA.” The latest in an alphabet soup of informal groupings that have sprung up since the end of the C…

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks during a media conference after holding the 8th foreign minister's meeting known as MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia) in Sydney, Australia.

September 5, 2018

Asia
An Asia Super Grid Would Be a Boon for Clean Energy—If It Gets Built

This guest post is authored by Charles Zhang, a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Council on For…

Asia grid at night

September 4, 2018

India
Background Brief: Meet the U.S.-India “2+2”

The upcoming U.S.-India "2+2" dialogue marks a new configuration for an existing dialogue begun in the Barack Obama administration. Here's how the consultation has evolved.

India's Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (L) speaks as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis looks on during a joint news conference in New Delhi, India September 26, 2017.

August 14, 2018

Global Governance
Rise of the Prize: Inducing Competition for the Global Good

The following is a guest post by Kyle L. Evanoff, research associate in international economics and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. A dash of competition could be the secr…

Pilot Brian Binnie stands atop SpaceShipOne after winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize in Mojave, California October 4, 2004. The prize was awarded after SpaceShipOne became the first commercial spaceship to reach suborbit in two successful attempts.