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February 12, 2024

Palestinian Territories
Democracy and the Two-State Solution

The war in Gaza has focused attention once again on the search for solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The solution favored by the United States, the European Union, most of the world’s de…

January 29, 2024

Philippines
Marcos Jr. Moves the Philippines Dramatically Closer to the United States

Unlike other Southeast Asian leaders, President Marcos Jr. has chosen to explicitly align the Philippines with the United States and confront China more directly.

Philippine President Marcos wears a white button-down shirt while he walks past white colonnades with U.S. President Biden, who wears a blue suit.

December 19, 2023

Democracy
What a Democratic Russia Would Mean for the United States

When the Soviet Union collapsed more than thirty years ago, American leaders hoped that Russia would embark on a transition to free-market democracy. Shared democratic values, the thinking went, woul…

January 17, 2024

Democracy
Political Hurdles on Ukraine’s Way to EU Membership

After the 2013–14 Revolution of Dignity, which overthrew a deeply corrupt, Russian-backed regime, Ukraine declared its ambition to integrate into the Euro-Atlantic community of free-market democracie…

December 6, 2021

2021 in Review
Visualizing 2022: Trends to Watch

CFR experts highlight the most important trends they will be following in the coming years.

May 16, 2023

United States
Why Today Is Not Like the 1850s

American politics turned hyper toxic several years ago, and ever since commentators have raised the specter of a second civil war. No other historical parallel, it seems, captures so viscerally today…

Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump stand near Confederate and U.S. flags in Wellington, Ohio on June 26, 2021.

March 6, 2023

Ukraine
Ukraine Needs to Pursue Victory Without Sacrificing Its Democratic Future

Since its emergence as an independent state in 1991, Ukraine has made little progress in consolidating democratic rule. A powerful oligarchy has dominated the country’s politics and economy. Corrupti…