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February 23, 2021

Space
The Outer Space Treaty

Outer space is growing more crowded and contested. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan recommends regulating activities that disrupt, deny, or destroy space systems to ensure outer space is available to all…

A satellite with three extended solar panels passes over a cloudy ocean while orbiting Earth.

January 14, 2021

Conflict Prevention
Conflicts to Watch in 2021

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.

Dark silhouettes of soldiers walking in a line against a dark blue sky

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 9, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Accelerating the Defense Department’s AI Adoption

The Department of Defense is struggling to adopt artificial intelligence technologies. Lindsey Sheppard explains the challenges the department faces and recommends strategies for moving forward.

The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the Pentagon briefing room, in Arlington, Virginia, on January 8, 2020.

January 30, 2020

Health
Refuge From Disease

Mitigating potential communicable disease in refugee populations is a subset of efforts for human rights, equality, and dignity. A basic multilateral framework could improve health care in these situ…

Rohingya refugees wait for medical checkups in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on January 21, 2018.

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)

December 1, 2019

United States
U.S. Adults’ Knowledge About the World

A new survey commissioned from Gallup by the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Geographic Society explores American adults’ knowledge about geography and world affairs.

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July 15, 2019

5G
Securing 5G Networks

5G networks are expected to revolutionize the digital economy. But with this opportunity comes major cybersecurity challenges. U.S. policymakers need to respond using technical and regulatory measure…

A woman walks past a billboard reading '5G is here' on day one of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center on June 26, 2019 in Shanghai, China.

July 2, 2019

Global Governance
The Anticipatory Governance of Solar Radiation Management

Emission reductions alone are unlikely to prevent severe climate change effects. Geoengineering proposals are a way forward, but they need legitimate and effective governance.

Sun setting over the ocean in North Devon, United Kingdom, on February 7, 2011.