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December 20, 2018

Syria
Sudden U.S. Troop Exit From Syria Would Exacerbate Regional Instability

President Trump’s order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria could have major implications for the country, the Middle East, and broader U.S. foreign policy.

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December 20, 2018

Donald Trump
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2018

You aren’t alone if you’re feeling worn down as 2018 comes to a close. It’s been a trying year when it comes to the world scene. A seemingly unending parade of summits, crises, protests, and conflict…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

December 20, 2018

Global
Democracy in Crisis: What to Watch in 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, CFR’s James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Brookings senior fellow Constanze Stelzenmuller to reflect on the year that was and look ahead to 2019. Democratic ba…

Podcast Protesters gather at rally against new laws passed by right wing conservative government lead by Viktor Orban, in Budapest, Hungary.

December 20, 2018

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $15 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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December 12, 2018

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2019

Millions of people around the world voted in 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin earned his fourth term in office, though the contest was far from free and fair. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Or…

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December 12, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
A Conversation With Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde discusses the economic implications of gender inequality under the law and outline policy recommendations to accelerate women’s economic participation.

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December 12, 2018

Climate Change
The Year in Extreme Weather: Climate in 2018

2018 was a year marked by extreme weather that underscores the mounting costs of climate change, from debilitating blizzards to raging wildfires to powerful hurricanes.

December 11, 2018

Immigration and Migration
The Migrant Caravan: A Policy and Public Affairs Challenge

Eric Schwartz discusses the humanitarian, legal, and policy questions surrounding the migrant caravan, including U.S. relations with Mexico and Central America, U.S. and international practices relat…

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December 7, 2018

Mexico
Global Conflict This Week: Mexico's New Security Plan

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

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December 5, 2018

Iran
U.S. Policy Toward Iran After JCPOA

Panelists discuss how the United States should approach its relationship with Iran after withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018.

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