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September 30, 2020

United States
Environmental Risk Management and Climate Change

Alice C. Hill, David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at CFR, discusses environmental risk management and climate change in the context of events such as the West Coast wild…

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October 6, 2020

News Release
Regime Change in the Middle East Is a False Promise, Writes Philip Gordon in New CFR Book

“The iron rule of regime change in the Middle East seems to be that its costs will be higher than expected, unintended consequences will emerge, and results will leave much to be desired.” So warns P…

October 15, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Changing Style of African Coups

As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.

A picture of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, the country's largest city.

September 3, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Constitutionalizing Equality: The Equal Rights Amendment as a Catalyst for Change

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is back in the headlines with new ferocity. Following Virginia’s ratification earlier this year, the House of Representatives moved swiftly to grant the amendment a n…

Equal Rights Amendment, Virginia

October 5, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Clean Network Program: Digital Age Echoes of the “Long Telegram”?

The U.S. State Department's Clean Network program, created in response to China's expanding capabilities in cyberspace, recalls the the warning George Kennan gave about the Soviet Union in his famous…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.

October 19, 2020

Disasters
The World Is Woefully Unprepared for Climate-Driven Natural Disasters

Disaster preparedness is hard, expensive, time-consuming and often thankless work. Failure to invest in it can be catastrophic, however.

A man carries a child on his shoulders through a waterlogged road after heavy rainfall, with water up to his waist, in Mumbai, India

August 3, 2020

Southeast Asia
Vietnam’s Response to the United States’ Changing Approach to the South China Sea

Huong Le Thu is a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. July 2020 marked a significant shift in developments regarding the South China Sea. The Trump administration announce…

The Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Parramatta (L) is underway with the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS America, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, and the Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry in the South China Sea on April 18, 2020.

October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan

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October 16, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerians Cry Out Against Police Brutality

Nigerian youths are once again on the streets protesting against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). On social media, many young Nigerians recount stories of brutality, abduction, extortion, extrajudicial killings and false imprisonment.

A man standing on top of a wooden structure with the word "police" painted on. He is waving two flags--a Nigerian national flag and one with #EndSARS spray-painted on it. The picture is mostly black and white.

October 14, 2020

Global
Season Three Trailer

What happens when the world runs out of fish? Does TikTok actually present a national security risk? Will Africa's population boom change the world as we know it? In season three, Why It Matters expl…

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