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March 29, 2017

United States
Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined…

November 24, 2015

United States
Would a Paris Climate Deal Be Legally Binding on the U.S.?

The Obama administration has other methods to pursue a binding international agreement on climate change in Paris that fall short of a treaty, says CFR’s John B. Bellinger III.

March 29, 2011

Syria
Syria’s Stalled Revolution

Syria’s unrest isn’t widespread enough to lead to a government ouster, with the Assad regime enjoying solid support from the country’s Alawite leadership and Sunni majority, says expert Joshua Landis.

November 21, 2014

Iran
Wary Nuclear Vigil for Iran’s Neighbors

Though a full deal with Iran appears remote, U.S. allies in the Middle East remain concerned about a continuation of negotiations that could lead to a nuclear-powered Iran, says expert Suzanne Malone…

October 12, 2012

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Drone Politics in Pakistan

Protests in Pakistan led by politician Imran Khan show how U.S. drone strikes are being exploited in the run-up to the general election, says expert Joshua Foust.

May 22, 2008

Syria
Can a Syrian-Israeli Peace Agreement Be Reached?

Joshua Landis, a leading Syria specialist, says a prospective Syrian-Israeli peace agreement is "very feasible," though perhaps not quickly.

March 22, 2012

Humanitarian Intervention
The Great Syrian Divide

The government of the brittle, one-party state remains dug in against a determined but fractured opposition. Expert Joshua Landis discusses the fault lines in the Syria uprising.

June 21, 2011

Defense and Security
Regional Turbulence over South China Sea

Escalating hostilities between China and its neighbors over competing claims to the South China Sea is a test of China’s growing strength and a diplomatic challenge for the United States, which insis…

August 7, 2013

Japan
Japan Boosts the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Japan’s decision to participate in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations has made the trade agreement "almost irresistible" and poised for expansion, says expert Mireya Solís.

December 12, 2012

Europe
Slouching Toward a Banking Union

EU leaders at this week’s summit are expected to advance a banking union crucial to restoring confidence in the eurozone, but its full implementation is a long way off, says CFR’s Robert Kahn.