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May 1, 2017

Russia
Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

May 1, 2017

France
How the French Debacle in Algeria Shaped the Rise of Marine Le Pen—and What America Can Learn From It

Marine Le Pen's neofascist movement was fueled by lingering resentment over a military humiliation. Maybe ours too.

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June 7, 2011

Afghanistan
A Conversation with General William B. Caldwell IV

As the United States prepares to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, General Caldwell discusses the U.S. and NATO investment in the Afghan National Security Forces, as well as the importance and challe…

February 28, 2014

Ukraine
Ukraine’s Road Ahead: Three Things to Know

It remains to be seen whether Ukraine’s new government can overcome the challenges of a divided population and weak institutional infrastructure to bring about national unity and socioeconomic stabil…

February 16, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
Nuclear Energy Guide

After decades of decline, nuclear power is increasingly presented as a low-carbon way to meet growing electricity demands. Global construction of new reactors is on the rise, but there still exists a…

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October 12, 2012

Europe
EU’s Nobel Peace Prize: Three Things to Know

The EU’s Nobel Peace Prize selection comes as the bloc struggles to resolve its debt crisis. Nevertheless, the EU represents one of the great peacemaking accomplishments of the modern era.

April 23, 2012

Elections and Voting
France’s Presidential Election: Three Things to Know

Following the first round of France’s presidential election, CFR’s Charles A. Kupchan discusses Nicolas Sarkozy’s chances and the potential impact of a Francois Hollande win on transatlantic ties and…

May 8, 2013

Education
Despite Economy, American Values Hold Strong

There are many remarkable findings in the polling cited by Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock in their new working paper for Renewing America, entitled "Resilient American Values: Optimism in an Era of …

An attendee prays during the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

March 6, 2013

Education
National Security and National Unity: A Case for Compulsory Service

This guest post is by Curtis Valentine, a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (South Africa 2001-2003) The continuous debates over domestic issues …

A student from Boston College volunteers at Ellis Memorial Center (supportunitedway/Flickr).

August 28, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Why the United States Pays More For Transit Projects

Stephen Smith contrasts efficiently managed transit construction projects in Europe and Asia with costly and lengthy U.S. projects (Bloomberg). Depleted staffs have made it difficult for transit agen…

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