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April 2, 2024

India
India’s 2024 General Election: What to Know

The election date for the world’s largest democracy is set to begin April 19 and last six weeks. What would the results of a third term for Prime Minister Modi mean for India’s economy, democracy, an…

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) react after India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow in Ayodhya.

May 20, 2024

Iran
President’s Death in Crash Unlikely to Affect Iranian Policies

Ebrahim Raisi was more loyal to hard-line Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei than previous presidents, and whoever succeeds him is likely to be just as conservative.  

A group of Iranian women gather outside in mourning over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi carrying images of the deceased president.

April 24, 2024

Ukraine
Weapons of War: The Race Between Russia and Ukraine

The new U.S. aid package will reestablish a critical flow of weapons to Ukraine’s military, but the war will hinge greatly on which side can ramp up and sustain its firepower and troop numbers in the…

An employee handles 155 mm caliber shells after the manufacturing process at an ammunition plant in Scranton, PA.

April 19, 2024

Ukraine
What Happened to ‘Stalemate’ in Ukraine?

The two-year-old war in Ukraine—which is far from deadlocked—could pivot dramatically in the coming months. U.S. decisions will play a decisive role.

A Ukrainian sniper leads other troops through a trench during a training exercise

May 14, 2024

China
China Is Reversing Its Crackdown on Some Religions, but Not All

Well-documented crackdowns on religious freedom in China, especially against Muslims and Christians, only show part of Beijing’s religious policy. Another side involves state support for “indigenous …

People burn incense sticks at the Guiyuan Buddhist temple in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on January 23, 2023.

February 4, 2016

Trade
TPP Tobacco Exception Proves the New Rule in Trade

The special exemptions for tobacco products in the TPP trade deal say less about cross-border investment rules generally, and more about the unique nature of tobacco under U.S. and international law,…

September 18, 2009

International Organizations
Obama at the UN: The Burden of the Anti-Bush

President Obama’s first appearance before the UN General Assembly is an opportunity to reassert U.S. leadership at the world body on issues from nonproliferation to peacekeeping, writes CFR’s Stewart…