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July 12, 2021

Iran
Did the “Maximum Pressure” Campaign Against Iran Fail?

Iran's reserves fell in 2020 to a startlingly low $4 billion, suggesting that the "maximum pressure" campaign was succeeding.

June 23, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

June 18, 2021

Global
The World Next Week: What to Read This Summer

Each year CFR.org managing editor Bob McMahon and I take a break from the news on The World Next Week to record a special episode of our summer reading recommendations. That episode is now live. This…

Three books side by side: Missionaries by Phil Klay with a yellow cover with blue planes; The Price of Peace by Zachary Carter with a tan cover and man sitting on an arm chair; and This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends by Nicole Perlroth with a black cover.

June 15, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Can Democracy Help Solve The Problem of Gaza?

What would happen if Palestinian politics were revived?

May 20, 2021

Afghanistan
How We Ensure Afghan Women’s Equal Rights: A Negotiator’s Perspective

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations' blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight new se…

A dozen Afghan girls sitting in a mosque.

May 18, 2021

Israel
Will an Arms Sale to Israel be Delayed While It Defends Against Terrorist Attacks?

A congressional request for delay tests the Biden administration

May 5, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Iranian Compliance and the JCPOA Negotiations

Are the negotiators ignoring Iran's repeated violations and its stonewalling of the IAEA?

April 28, 2021

Israel
More Iranian Missiles to Syria: A Problem that a "Working Group" Cannot Solve

Russia protects the shipment of precision guided missiles to Iranian proxies

April 21, 2021

Global Governance
The Biden Administration and the Future of Multilateralism

For multilateralism to be credible, the Biden administration will need to reconsolidate a U.S. political consensus on global engagement and persuade foreign partners of America’s global staying power…

U.S. President Joe Biden gives remarks with a mask in his hand, in front of a portrait of a pensive President Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2021.

April 6, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Will the JCPOA Negotiations Abandon American Hostages in Iran?

Lifting sanctions without gaining freedom for American hostages--again.