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May 26, 2021

Race and Ethnicity
Race and Policy: America’s Standing in the World

The murder of George Floyd iin 2020 catalyzed an anti-racism protest movement that echoed around the world. Global protests, mostly in support of Black Lives Matter, lasted for months and were reigni…

Play Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd, in London's Trafalgar Square.

May 11, 2022

Climate Change
Cooling the Planet Through Solar Reflection

Stewart M. Patrick, the James H. Binger senior fellow in global governance and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at CFR, and Robert J. Lempert, principal resear…

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February 16, 2022

Climate Change
Batteries Not Included

The world is moving toward electric vehicles and clean energy, but a green future doesn’t depend on wind turbines, solar panels, and Teslas alone. It will also require a vast supply of advanced batte…

Podcast Lithium Brine

May 18, 2021

Global Governance
When Assessing Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering, Don’t Assume the Future Will Look Like the Past

Attempting to shut down discussion of the potential weaponization of geoengineering is unwise. We can only see a short way into the future.

Three trees tightly packed together with ominous dark rain clouds are lit by the setting sun near the village of Chernogorovo, Bulgaria on July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

November 25, 2013

Defense and Security
U.S. Troops Required Post-2014 to Curb al-Qaeda’s Resurgence in Afghanistan, Recommends New CFR Report

RAND Corporation’s Seth G. Jones and Keith Crane explain in a new Council Special Report from the Center for Preventive Action how the United States should manage the complex political, security, and…

November 15, 2006

Intellectual Property
Reforming U.S. Patent Policy

Overview The conversation on American competitiveness is often intertwined with the conversation on innovation. The liberalization of trade and the increasing influence of emerging markets such…

November 22, 2006

United States
Current Patent System is Misguided and Hinders U.S. Competitiveness, Argues New Council Special Report

Reforms of the U.S. patent system have made it too easy to obtain and defend patents and more costly to challenge patent decisions, thereby limiting the competition of ideas, discouraging innovation,…

October 5, 2020

Cybersecurity
The Clean Network Program: Digital Age Echoes of the “Long Telegram”?

The U.S. State Department's Clean Network program, created in response to China's expanding capabilities in cyberspace, recalls the the warning George Kennan gave about the Soviet Union in his famous…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department.

November 26, 2013

Afghanistan
Afghanistan After the Drawdown

Overview Following the recent endorsement of the U.S.-Afghanistan bilateral security agreement by Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, a new CFR report from the Center for Preventive Action (CPA) outlines th…

April 29, 2021

Global Governance
Can Solar Geoengineering Be Used as a Weapon?

The premise that solar geoengineering is weaponizable is either false or grossly overstated. It is time to leave such distractions behind and focus more squarely on the real dilemmas of this otherwis…

The bright sun rises over a sky filled with hazy clouds behind Saint Michael's Church and Glastonbury Tor, in Glastonbury, Britain.