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July 9, 2020

Afghanistan
The False Promise of Peace in Afghanistan

There is a significant risk of the peace process in Afghanistan collapsing or stalling indefinitely. In a new report from the Center for Preventive Action, Seth G. Jones details steps the United Stat…

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan's Taliban and the United States in Doha, Qatar on February 29, 2020.

June 30, 2020

China
Democracy in Hong Kong

As China’s power continues to grow, some fear that the considerable autonomy Hong Kong has enjoyed in recent decades could slip away.

Protesters wearing black carry black umbrellas and stand next to a white figure that looks like the Goddess of Democracy statue in Hong Kong.

June 30, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
What Is the World Doing to Create a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The race to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus is well underway. Governments and researchers are aiming to provide billions of people with immunity in eighteen months or less, which would be unpr…

An engineer shows an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing.

June 25, 2020

Energy and Climate Policy
A Path to Progress: How Voluntary Climate Action Could Redefine the Texas Fossil Fuel Landscape

This is a guest post by Tessa Schreiber, intern for Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and student at Rice University.  The state of Texas is known for its deferenc…

Oil pump jacks work at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S. August 21, 2019. Picture taken August 21, 2019.

June 25, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

June 17, 2020

North Korea
North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

June 12, 2020

United States
The World Next Week: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer

Each year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a special episode of The World Next Week on our summer reading recommendations. Being sticklers for tradition, we did so again this year. We thought,…

Picture of the book "A Burning," with red and yellow flames and a train, a screenshot of an episode of the podcast "More Perfect," and the preview of the documentary The Civil War with a picture of a cannon in front of a sunset.

June 1, 2020

World Health Organization (WHO)
What Does the World Health Organization Do?

Since its postwar founding, the UN agency has garnered both praise and criticism for its response to international public health crises, including a new coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

A medical worker wears a white protective suit, eye goggles, and a face mask while taking a person's temperature in China.

May 20, 2020

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Countering the Female ISIS Threat in Indonesia

"Measuring Up" features new and cutting-edge research related to the status of women and girls, and identifies how evidence-based findings can inform and evaluate policy approaches to global challeng…

Indonesian police officers get ready for presidential election duties in Jakarta.

January 27, 2020

Election 2020
Can Bernie Sanders’s Foreign Policy Vision Lay Claim to FDR’s Mantle?

If he wishes to follow in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's footsteps, U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will need to clarify America's interests, role, and responsibilities in defending the globa…

U.S. presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa.