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July 27, 2020

United Nations
From Norm-Takers to Norm-Makers

African UN member states should act as unifiers and conveners rather than dividers. More coordination could help them overcome the structural challenges they face at the United Nations.

From a zoomed-out, interior perspective, a man walks out of the UN headquarters.

April 7, 2020

Global
Advancing Gender Equality in Foreign Policy

In recent years many countries have made gender equality a foreign policy priority. Government officials, civil society activists, and multilateral leaders reflected on these efforts and offered reco…

French President Emmanuel Macron leads a meeting of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council with Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Élysée presidential palace in Paris on August 23, 2019.

December 18, 2019

Conflict Prevention
Conflicts to Watch in 2020

In CFR’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey, U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate in the coming year.

A woman covers her face as she stands on the outskirts of a town near the Syria-Turkey border, while smoke plumes meant to decrease visibility for Turkish warplanes billow from tire fires.

December 16, 2019

United States
Preparing for the Next Foreign Policy Crisis

It is vital that the United States devote more attention and resources to preventing potential crises from arising and being better prepared to manage them when they do.

A U.S. Army crew chief on board a CH-47F Chinook helicopter observes the successful test of flares during a training flight in Afghanistan, on March 14, 2018. (Gregory Brook/U.S. Air Force via Reuters)

June 14, 2019

Global Governance
Council of Councils Eighth Annual Conference

Sessions at the Council of Councils conference were held on global change and world order, managing the global risk of nuclear weapons, the challenges of rapid urbanization, the future of freedom, and managing the conflict in Yemen.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a photo during the Group of Seven Summit, in Canada, on June 8, 2018.

December 12, 2017

China
Writing New Rules for the U.S.-China Investment Relationship

The United States should aim for a version of reciprocity that allows it the flexibility to maximize pressure on the broad range of Chinese industrial policy concerns while leaving a clear route to negotiations.

A man walks past a branch of Citibank in Beijing, on April 18, 2016. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

July 13, 2017

Fossil Fuels
Managing a Smaller U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Downsizing the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve will have economic and foreign policy consequences that have not been fully considered. U.S. foreign policy should prioritize the management of these c…

A section of the BP Eastern Trough Area Project oil platform is seen in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen in Scotland, on February 24, 2014.

December 17, 2018

Conflict Prevention
Preventive Priorities Survey: 2019

U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential crises or conflicts around the world in the coming year in CFR’s annual survey.

PPS 2019 Cover Venezuela

December 6, 2018

China
A New Old Threat

China is once again conducting cyber-enabled theft of U.S. intellectual property to advance its technological capabilities. To combat the problem, the United States should build a multinational coali…

Trump, Bolton, and Xi at G20

November 29, 2018

Arctic
Arctic Governance

As national governments, international institutions, and nonstate actors explore approaches to Arctic governance, a cohesive approach is necessary to address the environmental, economic, sociocultural, and geopolitical challenges the region faces.

Norway's Crown Prince Haakon (center) and Crown Princess Mette-Marit (right) look at an Arctic map at the   Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on November 7, 2016.