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June 1, 2017

Development
Building Inclusive Economies

Given the strong evidence of the returns on women’s economic inclusion, this issue merits a higher place on the U.S. economic and foreign policy agenda. The Donald J. Trump administration should build on recent reforms to promote inclusive economies and launch an effort to address legal barriers to women’s economic participation; increase access to capital, especially among small- and medium-sized enterprises; catalyze investment in women; promote technology and innovation; and support research and data collection in this area.

A woman makes brooms at her roadside stand on a busy street in Ahmedabad, India. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

June 19, 2017

Global Governance
Council of Councils Sixth Annual Conference

The conference devoted sessions on domestic support for trade, multilateral rules of the road in cyberspace, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the European Union, and the Middle East.

From left, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Hungarian Prime Minister Voktor Orban, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May pose for a photo during the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on May 25, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

June 26, 2017

Cybersecurity
The Case for Reforming Section 702 of U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Law

To rein in the NSA’s collection, monitoring, and searching of U.S. citizens’ communications, Congress should reform section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act.

A man uses headphones while working at the Justice Ministry's agency for communications capturing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 14, 2016.

July 13, 2017

Fossil Fuels
Managing a Smaller U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Downsizing the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve will have economic and foreign policy consequences that have not been fully considered. U.S. foreign policy should prioritize the management of these c…

A section of the BP Eastern Trough Area Project oil platform is seen in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen in Scotland, on February 24, 2014.

August 23, 2017

Russia
Managing Global Disorder: Prospects for U.S.-Russian Cooperation

Relations between the United States and Russia have recently declined, but U.S., European, and Russian experts identify possible areas of cooperation for the two to work together to foster global sta…

Trump and Putin meeting at G20 in 2017

September 7, 2017

Corruption
How Anonymous Shell Companies Finance Insurgents, Criminals, and Dictators

The United States is one of the primary facilitators of anonymous shell companies, which are often used to fund terrorism and crime that threaten U.S. interests.

Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca

September 11, 2017

Global Governance
Innovations in Global Governance

Greater resilience to nationalist rollback is most likely in arenas of global governance where national governments are less dominant. Some of the disruptors to global governance that led to innovation also promise resilience to national policy change.

Participants gather during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 at Le Bourget, France, on December 4, 2015. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

September 15, 2017

Digital Policy
What the Trump Administration’s NAFTA Priorities Get Right (and Wrong) About Digital Trade

A renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement could set the gold standard for digital free trade, an opportunity the Trump administration should not miss.

The logo of the web service Amazon is pictured in this June 8, 2017 illustration photo.

October 3, 2017

Sexual Violence
Countering Sexual Violence in Conflict

Sexual violence in conflict is not simply a gross violation of human rights—it is also a security challenge. It fuels displacement, weakens governance, and destabilizes communities, imperiling long-term stability.

A Rohingya refugee woman walks on a muddy path as she carries a child at the Kutupalang Makeshift Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

October 18, 2017

Digital Policy
The Rise of Digital Protectionism

In July 2017, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies held a workshop to examine the drivers behind digital protectionism in Asia and Europe, its implica…

A woman hovers a mouse over the Google and European Union logos in this April 15, 2015 photo illustration.