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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.

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.

December 18, 2019

Conflict Prevention
Conflicts to Watch in 2020

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.

A woman covers her face as she stands on the outskirts of a town near the Syria-Turkey border, while smoke plumes meant to decrease visibility for Turkish warplanes billow from tire fires.

September 10, 2019

Climate Change
Impact of Climate Risk on the Energy System

Climate change poses risks to energy security, financial markets, and national security. Energy companies and local, state, and federal governments need to better prepare to face these challenges.

Impact of Climate Risk on the Energy System by Amy Myers Jaffe et al.

June 14, 2019

Energy and Environment
Climate Risk Impacts on the Energy System

Insights from a CFR workshop examining the financial, regulatory, security, and technological dimensions of climate risks to the U.S. energy system.

Hurricane Harvey off the coast of Texas as seen from the International Space Station, on August 25, 2017.

December 17, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Preventive Priorities Survey: 2019

U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential crises or conflicts around the world in the coming year in CFR’s annual survey.

PPS 2019 Cover Venezuela

September 8, 2006

United States
Making New York Safer Symposium

Overview On July 5, the White House released an updated National Strategy for Combating Terrorism. “America is safer but we are not yet safe,” it states. The same could be said about New York, or …

August 20, 2018

European Union
Managing Global Disorder: Prospects for Transatlantic Cooperation

In July 2018, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action convened a workshop to examine areas of cooperation between the United States and the European Union. The workshop was mad…

CPA workshop report transatlantic alliance

June 25, 2018

Renewable Energy
Digital Decarbonization

Advances in data science are already transforming the way energy is produced, transported and consumed. These innovations have the potential to reduce carbon emissions and boost clean energy, but they also come with serious risks.

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June 11, 2018

International Organizations
Council of Councils Seventh Annual Conference

Participants discussed how Donald J. Trump’s repudiation of multilateral cooperation undercuts the world’s ability to alleviate transnational challenges, even if other countries step up to fill the v…

Donald J. Trump