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February 26, 2009

United States
James Lindsay Returns to CFR as Director of Studies; Elliott Abrams, Evan Feigenbaum, Among New Scholars

  The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is pleased to announce a new director of studies and several new scholars. James M. Lindsay, director of the Studies Program from 2003 to 2006 at CFR, w…

April 12, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Continued Power of Militaries in an Increasingly Autocratic World

Three events this week served as a reminder that, in a world where democracy is buffeted on many fronts—the rise of populists who often undermine the rule of law, a growing disinterest in democracy p…

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March 13, 2019

Zimbabwe
Welcome Legal Reforms Undermined by Repression in Zimbabwe

In the run-up to last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe, hope was palpable in Harare. Civil society activists, journalists, and business leaders marveled at how political space had opened up in the wake of the coup that ousted longtime President Robert Mugabe. It was as if an entire country had opened up the windows to let in fresh air. However, these victories for Zimbabwe are ringing hollow because they occur against an alarming backdrop of state-sponsored violence and intimidation.

People arrested during protests wait to appear in the Magistrates court in Harare, Zimbabwe, January 16, 2019.

March 13, 2019

China
The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with China’s Xi Jinping in Beijing.

February 21, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Most Democrats running for president in 2020 are focused on domestic issues. Not Tulsi Gabbard. The Iraq War veteran and four-term congresswoman from Hawaii is putting foreign policy front and center…

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November 8, 2016

United States
A Conversation With Charles L. Evans

Charles Evans discusses U.S. economic performance since the 2008 recession, long-term implications for monetary policy, and Federal Reserve strategies for growth.

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April 25, 2012

India
Why So Gloomy, India?

Over at “India Ink,” the India blog of The New York Times, there’s a terrific interview with Ajay Banga—the CEO of Mastercard and the new chair of the U.S.-India Business Council. It’s a striking pre…

People look at a large screen displaying India's Finance Minister Mukherjee announcing the federal budget on the facade of BSE building in Mumbai (Arko Datta / Courtesy Reuters).

April 17, 2012

Japan
Remembering Tadashi Yamamoto

I heard this morning the news that Tadashi Yamamoto passed away in Tokyo on Sunday. There will be a flood of tributes from the many people who knew him better than I did, but I wanted to add my modes…

Asia Unbound - Feigenbaum -- Remembering

March 22, 2012

India
Economics and Indian Strategy

South Asia is among the least economically integrated regions of the world, in part because partition cleaved apart various natural economic communities. Regions, such as Bengal, which had been well …

Leaders of Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Thailand pose for a picture at the second summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in New Delhi, November 13, 2008. (B Mathur / Courtesy Reuters)

February 27, 2012

China
Can China Change Its Growth Model?

How many countries with nearly two decades of double-digit growth under their belt would look in the mirror and say, "Hey, it’s just not working anymore?" I daresay, not many. But that is precise…

The Oriental Pearl Tower is pictured through a glass wall as people walking past and the skyline behind are reflected on the wall in the financial district of Pudong. (Aly Song / Courtesy Reuters)