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January 5, 2021

Political History and Theory
The Council on Foreign Relations at 100: The History

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since its inception in 1921, the Council has been guided by an unwavering set of core principles: independence, nonpartisanship, …

January 5, 2021

News Release
The Council on Foreign Relations Marks Its One Hundredth Anniversary

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the country’s most prestigious organization devoted to international relations and foreign policy, marks its one hundredth anniversary this year. Founded in 19…

December 16, 2020

2020 in Review
The Council in 2020: Year in Review

A global pandemic, elections, civil unrest, and much more. The year 2020 was like no other. Take a look back at how the Council on Foreign Relations brought together renowned experts and leaders to u…

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May 26, 2016

Global Governance
Report: New Geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan

Overview South Asia is in the midst of a geopolitical transformation wrought by several simultaneous developments: China's rise, both economically and militarily, and its efforts to increase its c…

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December 15, 2020

China
How 2020 Shaped U.S.-China Relations

This year, tensions between Washington and Beijing flared over many issues. As the Biden administration prepares to take over, what lies ahead for one of the world’s most important bilateral relation…

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December 11, 2020

United States
Bipolarity is the Wrong Concept for U.S.-China Relations

When it comes to crafting policy, an all-consuming focus on bipolarity could be utterly disastrous. The Biden administration should junk the concept. 

U.S. and Chinese flag cover the foreground of the photo, with the background focused on the U.S. Army and China's People's Liberation Army military personnel attend a closing ceremony of an exercise of "Disaster Management Exchange" near Nanjing, Jiangsu province in China on November 17, 2018.

December 21, 2020

Japan
Japan-South Korea Relations and the Biden Factor

President-Elect Biden and his team come at a critical time for Japan-South Korea relations.

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki (C), U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) , and South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam pose at the start of their trilateral meeting, at the foreign ministry's Iikura guest house in Tokyo, Japan.

December 28, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2020

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2020 who through…

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January 31, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Evaluating the Obama Administration’s Drone Reforms

Overview Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, serve a host of military functions. Although they are predominantly used for surveillance, they are also increasingly used as remotely operated weapon…

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January 11, 2017

China
Environmental Health and China’s Rise

Overview Compared to other crises, environmental health challenges have some distinctive features that warrant special attention. It is extremely difficult to establish a causal relationship betwe…

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