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September 11, 2019

United States
Is the United States Prepared for Wildfires?

Climate change is increasing the risk of wildfire damage to critical energy infrastructure, according to a new Council on Foreign Relations report that details the physical, financial, and security r…

Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday.

August 29, 2019

Brazil
How Brazil’s Burning Amazon Threatens the Climate

Fires in the Amazon have aroused international concern because of the rain forest’s outsize impact on climate, but political tensions are hampering the response.

December 3, 2012

Japan
Kathryn Ibata-Arens: Solving the Japanese Paradox

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Is Japan in eco…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

April 23, 2019

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Bombings: What We Know

A high level of coordination suggests the perpetrators had substantial expertise, possibly drawn from a foreign-based terrorist group.

Mourners carry the coffins of victims of the Sri Lanka bombings during a mass funeral in April.

March 29, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
How Serious Is White Nationalist Terrorism?

In the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque attacks, public debate is mounting in Western democracies over the severity of the threat posed by far-right extremists.

New Zealand

October 11, 2019

Russia
Stemming the Tide of Global Disinformation

Panelists discuss the extent of disinformation, its impact on democracy, and what can be done to prevent, mitigate, and stop its spread. THOMPSON: Welcome to today’s Council on Foreign Relations m…

Play Disinformation

September 23, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Tom Steyer, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Can lightning strike twice? Tom Steyer hopes that it does. Back in 2016, Donald Trump was a billionaire businessman with no government or military service who won a longshot race for the presidency b…

Tom Steyer

August 23, 2018

South Africa
President Trump Gets South African Land Reform Wrong

President Trump tweeted on August 22 that he has directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures” and the “large scale killing of farmers.” In his tweet, the president quoted Fox News host Tucker Carlson that “South African government is now seizing land from white farmers.”

South-Africa-Trump-Tweet-President-Land-Reform

August 10, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 10, 2018

This week: mobile blockchain voting, no word from Google on its China plans, and ICANN loses in a European court. 

voting village

August 8, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Unpacking the Canadian/Saudi Spat

Last week, the Saudi government arrested two prominent women’s activists, the latest move in a series of incarcerations targeting women’s and civil society leaders in the Gulf kingdom. 

Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in east Saudi Arabia.