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August 16, 2005

Niger
Interview with John M. Staatz on Niger’s food crisis

Locust swarms and a lack of rainfall have caused severe food shortages in Niger, leaving more than 2.5 million people in danger of starving to death. John M. Staatz, an agricultural economist at Mich…

September 7, 2005

Fossil Fuels
Katrina and Oil Prices

Hurricane Katrina caused severe damage to U.S.refinery and production capacity in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil prices briefly spiked to above $70 per barrel before dropping after President Bush decided to…

February 4, 2011

Food and Water Security
Food Prices and Global Instability

With food prices at historic levels, unrest is mounting around the world, particularly in import-dependent regions such as the Middle East. CFR’s Laurie Garrett says to meet demand going forward, cou…

April 15, 2018

Syria
Legal Questions Loom Over Syria Strikes

In striking Syria without an international law justification, the United States leaves itself open to criticism and may invite similar behavior by other countries.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and UK Ambassador Karen Pierce vote against a Russian resolution condemning “aggression” against Syria during an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

August 2, 2012

United States
U.S. Drought and Rising Global Food Prices

Climatic conditions across the U.S. farm belt are triggering a rise in global food prices that threatens to fuel political unrest in developing countries, says CFR’s Isobel Coleman.

March 4, 2011

Energy and Climate Policy
Oil Price Shocks and Global Recovery

Oil price shocks spurred by Mideast events are unlikely to derail the U.S. economic recovery, says CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow Michael Spence. But bigger shifts in the global economy will hit U…

October 15, 2009

Media
Competent Foreign Reporting Comes at a High Price

As part of the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship 60th Anniversary initiative current and former fellows discuss the stories that have had the most impact and present ideas for sustaining serious inte…

October 21, 2005

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Interview with John Lott on Brazil’s gun referendum

Brazilians go to the polls October 23 to vote in a referendum to ban the sale of guns and ammunition. The referendum—the first of its kind in the world—is aimed at curbing Brazil’s soaring murder and…

April 18, 2018

Cuba
What Is Cuba’s Post-Castro Future?

Miguel Diaz-Canel, set to replace Raul Castro as president of Cuba after sixty years of Castro rule, will be faced with the challenges of implementing economic reform and sidestepping regional isolat…

Cuba After the Castros

April 13, 2018

Syrian Civil War
What Are U.S. Military Options in Syria?

Military threats to deter chemical attacks have so far failed to restrain the Syrian regime, and they risk escalating the horrific conflict even further.

A girl evacuated from the Damascus suburb of Douma arrives in northern Syria.