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April 21, 2014

China
Video: China’s Ongoing Maritime Disputes

The East and South China Seas are the scene of escalating territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, including Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The tensions, shaped by China’s growing …

March 6, 2012

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
From the Archives: Ashton Carter on Defense Strategy for the 21st Century

In a March 2012 meeting, President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary explains how the United States is transforming its military and defense strategy in the face of funding cutbacks.

March 8, 2013

Congresses and Parliaments
The Sequester: Three Things to Know

Short Description: The automatic cuts in U.S. federal government spending, known as the "sequester," will negatively impact the U.S. economy in the short run and will not solve the long-term challeng…

October 2, 2013

United States
U.S. Government Shutdown: Three Things to Know

A short U.S. government shutdown will likely have a limited effect on the economy but will be followed by a protracted debate over increasing the debt limit, which may result in the government’s defa…

September 6, 2013

Global
Syria & U.S.-Russian Relations: Three Things to Know

U.S.-Russian disagreement over how to respond to the conflict in Syria is spurring further deterioration in the relationship between Moscow and Washington, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

July 2, 2013

Egypt
Egypt’s Protests: Three Things to Know

Egyptian protestors’ return to the streets signals the public’s discontent with President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood’s authoritarian tendencies and economic mismanagement, says CFR’s Isobel Col…

May 20, 2013

Gender
Child Marriage: Three Things to Know

The pervasive practice of child marriage is stirring concern among U.S. foreign policymakers because it threatens to undermine U.S. interests in development, prosperity, and stability, says CFR’s Rac…

February 6, 2013

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Targeted Killings of Americans: Three Things to Know

A leaked government document has recharged the controversy over the use of lethal force against U.S. citizens. CFR’s Matthew C. Waxman highlights three legal considerations.

December 13, 2012

United States
The U.S. Fiscal Cliff: Three Things to Know

CFR’s Peter Orszag highlights the potential opportunities and limitations of a fiscal cliff deal.

December 6, 2011

Development
Overcoming USAID’s Challenges

USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg discusses the challenges facing the organization in an environment of constrained budgets.