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September 19, 2013

Syria
Awkward U.S.-Russia Dance on Syria

The unexpected convergence of the United States and Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons is likely to be strained by delays in the disarmament process, says expert Nicolas Gvosdev.

August 8, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Another Cold Spell for U.S.-Russia Relations

President Obama’s cancelled state visit to Moscow next month is another indication that the so-called U.S.-Russia reset has derailed, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

May 28, 2013

United States
Obama’s Mixed Counterterror Message

President Obama’s counterterrorism speech made strides toward greater transparency but missed opportunities to articulate a vision for moving beyond a perpetual war footing, says CFR’s John Bellinger…

February 15, 2013

Syria
The Hezbollah Connection in Syria and Iran

In recent years, the strategic alliance between Iran and Hezbollah has grown to the point where the Lebanese militant group’s fealty to Tehran is paramount, a dynamic currently on display in Syria, s…

December 14, 2012

Japan
Japan’s Revolving-Door Elections

Reviving Japan’s economy from its two-decade-long slump is key to stabilizing the country’s political environment, says expert Gerald Curtis.

November 1, 2012

United States
A Heavy Post-Election Agenda

No matter who wins the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, an array of foreign policy challenges await, says CFR’s James Lindsay.

October 17, 2012

Turkey
Turkey’s Mounting Syria Problem

An intensifying anti-Assad stance has disrupted Turkey’s pragmatic regional policy and aroused concerns at home that it is on a war footing, says expert Steven Heydemann.

September 7, 2012

United States
Foreign Policy and the Obama-Romney Race

Foreign policy has not played a major role in the presidential campaign so far, but a close race could make it a factor in courting "the moveable middle," says CFR’s James Lindsay.

July 25, 2012

Syria
Challenges for Syria’s Neighbors

A post-Assad Syria will likely create distinct challenges for each of its neighbors, including creating a major loss for Iran, says Michael Young of Lebanon’s Daily Star.

June 7, 2012

Pakistan
The Widening U.S.-Pakistan Rift

The U.S. drone attack that killed an al-Qaeda leader has further frayed ties and is feeding Pakistani anger, humiliation, and frustration over U.S. aims, says CFR’s Daniel Markey.