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November 1, 2019

International Organizations
The IMF: The World’s Controversial Financial Firefighter

The International Monetary Fund, both criticized and lauded for its efforts to promote financial stability, continues to find itself at the forefront of global economic crisis management.

IMF Governors' meeting

August 20, 2019

Energy and Climate Policy
Electricity as Coercion: Is There a Risk of Strategic Denial of Service?

This guest post is co-authored by Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School at the University of Texas a…

Electricity pylons are seen in London, Britain August 1, 2017.

August 13, 2019

China
The IMF's (New) China Problem

If China ever followed the IMF’s fiscal advice, it would go back to running large trade surpluses—and its exchange rate would be undervalued again in the IMF's models. 

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China , April 24, 2019. (Parker Song/Pool via REUTERS)

March 19, 2019

United Kingdom
Brexit’s Stickiest Point: The Irish Backstop

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been unable to convince her own party to pass the Brexit deal she negotiated with the European Union because of its backstop provision. What is it, and why does it m…

Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

February 5, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Julián Castro, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Julián Castro is seeking do what no Democrat has done in ninety-six years: win the party’s presidential nomination without first having been either a governor, senator, or vice president. The last pe…

Castro 2020

December 10, 2018

Transnational Crime
How Does the Business of Cybercrime Work?

The organizational features commonly found in the online criminal underground look a lot like traditional business structures, with organizational heads, line managers, and front-line staff. 

AlphaBay

December 3, 2018

Germany
Germany Develops Offensive Cyber Capabilities Without A Coherent Strategy of What to Do With Them

Germany has traditionally prioritized defense over offense in cyberspace. That's now beginning to change. 

BND

November 14, 2018

United States
Spare Us the Nationalist Defense of American Sovereignty

The idea that current trends in multilateral cooperation threaten American sovereignty is a red herring. The fundamental reality of modern international life is that global challenges require multila…

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day in Paris, France on November 11, 2018.

October 11, 2019

Russia
Stemming the Tide of Global Disinformation

Panelists discuss the extent of disinformation, its impact on democracy, and what can be done to prevent, mitigate, and stop its spread. THOMPSON: Welcome to today’s Council on Foreign Relations m…

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October 1, 2019

Afghanistan
A Conversation With National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib of Afghanistan

SHINN: Well, I hope you enjoyed your lunch, and we thank you for joining us at the CFR, not just for lunch, but most importantly, for a conversation with Dr. Hamdullah, who is the national security a…

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