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February 5, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Outrage Culture Is Ruining Foreign Policy

As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, U.S. politics is getting harder and harder to explain to the rest of the world.

Code Pink demonstrators surround former United States Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger (L) and George Shultz (R) before the beginning of the Senate Armed Services Committee on global challenges and U.S. national security strategy on Capitol Hill in Washington January 29, 2015.

January 13, 2020

United Kingdom
Brexit’s Finish Line Is Only the "End of the Beginning" for Britain and the European Union

The United Kingdom faces numerous uncertainties as Brexit nears its nominal finish line.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in London.

January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Pompeo’s Departure Is Restoring the State Department’s Swagger

The U.S. secretary of state appears to have one foot out the door—and that’s exactly what U.S. diplomats have been waiting for.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks during a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2020.

January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East

The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.

Demonstrators carry a national flag during an anti-government rally in Algiers, Algeria January 3, 2020.

January 13, 2020

Iraq
There Is Nothing Left for Americans to Do in Iraq

Qassem Suleimani and Tehran have won the battle for Baghdad. U.S. policymakers should understand that—and leave.

A demonstrator carries an Iraqi flag as he walks near burning tires, during ongoing anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq January 12, 2020.

January 3, 2020

Iran
America Must Be Ready For Iranian Retaliation

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani may have been legally justifiable but was not strategically prudent.

Iran revenge

December 16, 2019

Afghanistan War
Did the Government Mislead the Public About the War in Afghanistan?

America’s longest war continues not because of government deception but because successive presidents have judged the risks of withdrawal to be higher than the costs of commitment.

U.S. Army soldiers fire a howitzer artillery piece in Kandahar Province on June 12, 2011.

December 16, 2019

Global
2019 Hot Spots: The Year in Eleven Maps

CFR showcases eleven maps that help explain the events that grabbed the world’s attention in the past year.

December 4, 2019

Noncommunicable Diseases
Autocracy Is Hazardous for Your Health

Democracy does not die in the darkness so often anymore. It dies in the light, one election at a time, with voters embracing the populists and autocrats who promise to cut the red tape and deliver …

Health workers demonstrate outside the hotel where the Supreme Electoral Tribunal has its headquarters to count the election votes, in La Paz, on October 22, 2019.

December 3, 2019

Syria
There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds

The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holds a Kurdistan flag during a deployment in the area near the northern Iraqi border with Syria