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April 17, 2019

Election 2020
The 2020 Presidential Candidates: In Their Own Words

The Democratic and Republican presidential contenders have begun defining their approach to major foreign policy issues as they jockey for position in their parties’ primaries.

The Presidential Seal

March 30, 2011

Japan
After Fukushima, Examining Nuclear Power Safety

Nuclear expert John Ahearne says critics should be careful about drawing conclusions when so much remains unknown, but regulators will need to proceed with safety reviews to bolster public confidence.

January 15, 2019

China
U.S.-China Trade Issues Loom Large for Oil

Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is worried about the U.S.-China trade war. Even though oil prices seem to be stabilizing, Barkindo to…

OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo addresses a news conference.

March 4, 2016

Japan
Far from Finished, Five Years After Fukushima

Five years after a devastating meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the debate on nuclear safety remains heated in Japan, writes CFR’s Sheila A. Smith.

March 30, 2011

South Korea
U.S.-South Korean Nuclear Relationship: After Fukushima

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington April 12, 2010. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters) I was a last-minute substit…

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington April 12, 2010.

September 5, 2018

Asia
An Asia Super Grid Would Be a Boon for Clean Energy—If It Gets Built

This guest post is authored by Charles Zhang, a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Council on For…

Asia grid at night

September 4, 2018

Nuclear Energy
America Risks Missing Out On A Global Nuclear Power Revival

Background reading on the future of the global nuclear trade and the commercial opportunities and national security risks that it presents to the United States.

Nuclear towers

August 15, 2018

Disasters
U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

Loren Elliott/Reuters

October 2, 2017

Japan
Japan’s Choice: Abe vs. Koike

For the second time since returning to the prime minister’s office in 2012, Shinzo Abe has called for a snap election. His calculus seems to revolve around timing. A drop in Abe’s approval ratings th…

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike

July 18, 2017

Infrastructure
The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…

US Water BGR header