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April 7, 2021

China
Major Power Rivalry in East Asia

In an era of intensifying U.S.-China friction and volatility, the risks of conflict are real and growing in East Asia, and U.S. policymakers should revitalize existing tools and build new ones to manage an increasingly militarized competition.

The Pudong district is reflected in the waterfront in Shanghai, China.

February 23, 2021

Space
The Outer Space Treaty

Outer space is growing more crowded and contested. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan recommends regulating activities that disrupt, deny, or destroy space systems to ensure outer space is available to all…

A satellite with three extended solar panels passes over a cloudy ocean while orbiting Earth.

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.

Dark silhouettes of soldiers walking in a line against a dark blue sky

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.

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.

From a zoomed-out, interior perspective, a man walks out of the UN headquarters.

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.

April 9, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Accelerating the Defense Department’s AI Adoption

The Department of Defense is struggling to adopt artificial intelligence technologies. Lindsey Sheppard explains the challenges the department faces and recommends strategies for moving forward.

The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the Pentagon briefing room, in Arlington, Virginia, on January 8, 2020.

January 30, 2020

Global Governance
Council of Councils Twelfth Regional Conference

Sessions were held on the future of the European Union, a global governance of migration, the weaponization of economic interdependence, the French nuclear deterrence strategy, European strategic aut…

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look on as U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walk at the NATO leaders summit in Watford, United Kingdom, on December 4, 2019.

January 30, 2020

Health
Refuge From Disease

Mitigating potential communicable disease in refugee populations is a subset of efforts for human rights, equality, and dignity. A basic multilateral framework could improve health care in these situ…

Rohingya refugees wait for medical checkups in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on January 21, 2018.