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March 19, 2012

United States
A Global Test For U.S. Schools

Declining academic performance at K-12 levels poses a threat to U.S. competitiveness and national security. Greater school choice and support for core national standards should be central to reform, …

May 8, 2009

United States
After the Stress Tests

CFR’s Roger Kubarych gauges what the results of much anticipated stress tests will mean for the future of the U.S. banking industry.

May 30, 2018

North Korea
What Would Denuclearization Look Like in North Korea?

Successful denuclearization will hinge on rigorous on-the-ground inspections and closing the gap between North Korea and the United States on what areas any agreement should cover.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observes progress at a nuclear weapons facility.

May 4, 2018

Iran Nuclear Agreement
How Sanctions Decision Could Jeopardize the Iran Agreement

Iran could restart aspects of its nuclear program if President Trump declines to renew sanctions waivers this month, leaving major powers with few options for monitoring or restricting it.

President Trump speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House in October 2017.

April 16, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Can Syria’s Chemical Weapons Be Stopped?

The United States should follow targeted strikes in Syria with intensified global efforts to nullify the regime’s chemical weapons capabilities.

A firefighter works inside the destroyed Scientific Research Center in Damascus.

April 26, 2013

Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s Looming Security Test

Afghan forces are performing well so far amid the pullback of U.S. troops, but this summer’s fighting season will offer proof of their capabilities, says CFR’s Stephen Biddle.

May 25, 2009

North Korea
A Nuclear Test for the Obama Administration

CFR’s Northeast Asia expert Sheila A. Smith says it is imperative for the United States to make it clear that it will not accept a nuclear North Korea. The UN’s nonproliferation regime is also facing…

May 5, 2014

Ukraine
Ukraine Crisis Tests Uneasy U.S.-Germany Alliance

Germany and the United States look to present a united front against Russia for its actions in Ukraine, despite recent strains in the long-standing relationship, says expert William M. Drozdiak.

May 20, 2009

Iran
Iranian Missile Test Politically Motivated

Thomas W. Lippman, an expert on Gulf security, says the latest Iranian missile test won’t have any military impact, because it is just an incremental step forward. But he says the timing of the annou…

January 9, 2008

Elections and Voting
Shlaes: Economy Looms as Test for McCain, Clinton

Amity Shlaes, an economic scholar, says she is impressed by Sen. John McCain’s New Hampshire primary win but notes that he has not traditionally concentrated on economic policy, a chief area of voter…