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August 2, 2018

Refugees and Displaced Persons
The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven’t Heard About

The United Nations Refugee Agency reports that one person is forcibly displaced from their home every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. We have seen the photographs of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon, and read about Somali refugees flooding into Yemen. Worldwide, refugees—citizens who flee their own country for another—number more than 20 million. But that number is dwarfed by a more silent and devastating crisis: the over 40 million who are internally displaced. 

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July 9, 2018

China
U.S.-China Trade War: How We Got Here

Background reading for the trade war with China.

Staff members set up Chinese and U.S. flags for a meeting between Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Ministry of Transport of China in Beijing, China April 27, 2018

July 2, 2018

Israel
A Look at Israel's New Draft Cybersecurity Law

The Israeli government wants to forge a new type of relationship with the private sector to combat cyber threats. The means by which it will do so might prove controversial. 

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June 29, 2018

Nigeria
Mother of Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Speaks About Her Son

The interview—Falmata’s first—took place in the village of Shekau in Yobe state. VOA notes the village’s isolation and how villagers avoid mentioning it is the birthplace of Abubakar Shekau.

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March 12, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
What to Expect at the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference and What It Means for the Internet

In the past, U.S. pundits have raised red flags over a quadrennial ITU conference they fear could lead to a "UN takeover of the internet." The next ITU plenipotentiary conference takes place in the f…

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September 20, 2017

United States
If the United States Steps Back, Can Innovative Global Governance Step Forward?

The following is a guest post by Deborah Avant, director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; Mil…

A representative of indigenous Peruvian people attends the World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, France, on December 1, 2015.

October 9, 2018

Donald Trump
The Corrosion of Conservatism

Max Boot recounts his extraordinary journey from lifelong Republican to vehement Trump opponent. From the isolated position of a man without a party, Boot launches this bold declaration of dissent an…

July 12, 2017

China
China in Africa

China has become Africa’s largest trade partner and has greatly expanded its economic ties to the continent, but its growing activities there have raised questions about its noninterference policy.  …

A Chinese worker looks on as locals cross a construction site in Viana, Angola.

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Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report from the Council on Foreign Relations provides a review of the year's meetings, outreach, publications, and events. It also includes highlights from the Corporate Program, Council of Councils, CFR Campus, and Independent Task Force Program.

June 2, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Steven A. Cook Recounts the Failure of the Middle East Uprisings in New Book, “False Dawn”

June 1, 2017—More than half a decade after people across the Middle East poured into the streets to demand change, hopes for democracy in the region have all but disappeared in a maelstrom of violenc…