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January 14, 2021

Conflict Prevention
Conflicts to Watch in 2021

In CFR’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey, U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate in the coming year.

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January 13, 2021

Cybersecurity
Transatlantic Data Transfers

U.S. surveillance activities have alarmed European partners, throwing the future of transatlantic digital trade into question. The United States should embrace collaboration and protections for perso…

Yellow wires, tied together, hang from the back of a black and gray server.

November 15, 2012

Grand Strategy
Democratic Internationalism

Overview In this International Institutions and Global Governance Working Paper, Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry trace the history of liberal internationalism and find that the existing U.S. …

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October 31, 2011

China
The Internationalization of the RMB

Overview China is making swift strides toward internationalizing its currency, the renminbi, but it must be careful when sequencing these changes. Without the proper reforms, wide-open Chinese fin…

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July 27, 2020

United Nations
From Norm-Takers to Norm-Makers

African UN member states should act as unifiers and conveners rather than dividers. More coordination could help them overcome the structural challenges they face at the United Nations.

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June 29, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Understanding Gender Equality in Foreign Policy

Incorporating lessons from the approaches pursued by other countries, the U.S. government should take a more systematic and well-resourced approach to promoting gender equality in foreign policy.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström addresses the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security, in New York, on October 27, 2017.

June 3, 2020

Global Governance
Perspectives on a Changing World Order

Although the world seems destined to grow more competitive, congested, and contested in the coming years, the logic of major power cooperation remains inescapable. Efforts to shape a stable, inclusive, and beneficial order must be collaborative.

Cover shows a distressed and rough U.S. flag on rusty metal.

May 29, 2020

Election 2020
Banning Covert Foreign Election Interference

The United States is one of the countries that is most susceptible to foreign election interference. To safeguard the U.S. elections in November, Robert K. Knake argues that the United States and oth…

President Donald J. Trump holds up an executive order in front of a crowd at the White House.

May 21, 2020

Coronavirus
Challenges of Global Governance Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Representatives from the Council of Councils institutes discuss COVID-19 and its effects on global governance.

A worker wearing a protective suit disinfects a globe-shaped public garden, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Algiers, Algeria, on March 23, 2020.

February 23, 2018

Cybersecurity
Increasing International Cooperation in Cybersecurity and Adapting Cyber Norms

Without increased cooperation, the global digital economy is vulnerable to catastrophic cyberattack.

Increasing International Cooperation in Cybersecurity