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May 14, 2024

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.

April 24, 2024

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

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

March 29, 2024

Climate Change
Carbon Dioxide Removal: Can It Be Effective?

Governments and companies are embracing new emissions-reducing technologies that pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. But it is uncertain whether this can work at the scale and in the time nece…

A yellow-vested man walks out of a silver dome into dark, rocky terrain.

June 3, 2009

Harnessing Iran’s Role in Afghanistan

CFR’s George Gavrilis urges U.S. officials to build a partnership with Iran in Afghanistan to help stabilize Kabul, and possibly plant the seeds for broader rapprochement.

February 4, 2010

Drug Policy
The Good and Bad News about Afghan Opium

International efforts have helped reduce the number of Afghan provinces growing opium poppies. But CFR’s George Gavrilis says the drug trade continues to flourish, requiring broader counternarcotics …

April 2, 2024

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.

March 8, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
Five Months of War: Where Israel, Hamas, and the U.S. Stand

The death toll from the Israel-Hamas war continues to mount, with no lasting settlement in sight. Meanwhile, concerns about humanitarian catastrophe and regional violence are spreading.

A backlit Israeli army tank moving along the Israeli-Gaza Strip border at sunset