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September 14, 2018

Financial Markets
A street sign for Wall Street is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City. The Dangerous Myth We Still Believe About the Lehman Brothers Bust

The new consensus about the cause of the 2008 financial crisis is seductive — and misleading. Sebastian Mallaby presents an alternative opinion.

September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger. The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

September 12, 2018

Mali
Bamako-Mali-Urbanization-Population-Africa Africa is the Fastest Urbanizing Place on the Planet

Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing at the fastest rate in the world.

September 11, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Jon Finer Joins CFR as Adjunct Senior Fellow; Mervyn King Returns as Distinguished Fellow

September 7, 2018—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes Jon Finer to its David Rockefeller Studies Program as adjunct senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, and welcomes back Mervyn King, f…

September 10, 2018

Trade
A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil. Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost Latin America’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

September 4, 2018

Nuclear Energy
Nuclear towers America Risks Missing Out On A Global Nuclear Power Revival

Background reading on the future of the global nuclear trade and the commercial opportunities and national security risks that it presents to the United States.

August 30, 2018

Brazil
A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil. Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

August 29, 2018

Australia
Morrison_8.24.2018 Australia’s New Brutal Politics—Not New, and Not That Brutal

Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney and a presenter at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National.  As Australia welcomes Scott Morrison a…

August 28, 2018

United States
China-U.S. foreign investment Foreign Investment and U.S. National Security

The United States and other Western countries are reevaluating their foreign investment regulations amid an uptick in Chinese interest in strategic sectors.

April 8, 2009

United States
The Fine Print on Defense Spending

As the Obama administration finalizes its first defense budget, analysts say near-term growth will be followed by lean spending amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.