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June 19, 2003

Americas
Naked Tropics

Read an excerpt of Naked Tropics. In this volume, distinguished historian Kenneth Maxwell, Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for inter-American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations…

June 12, 2003

Brazil
Council Expert Maxwell: Brazil’s President Surprises Friends and Foes

Kenneth R. Maxwell, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Director of Latin America Studies, says that Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s left-leaning president who is known as Lula, has surp…

February 14, 2001

Brazil
A Letter to the President and a Memorandum on U.S. Policy Toward Brazil

Latin America in general—and Brazil in particular—is coming to the forefront of U.S. policy challenges. In response to this situation, this blue-ribbon independent Task Force sponsored by the Council…

January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

January 13, 2021

Trade
New Cyber Brief: Transatlantic Data Transfers: The Slow-Motion Crisis

U.S. surveillance activities have alarmed European partners, throwing the future of transatlantic digital trade into question. The United States should embrace collaboration and protections for perso…

Cables run into the back of a server unit inside the data center.

December 18, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Much Foreign Policy Leverage Is Trump Leaving Biden?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: The Biden administration may have less leverage to strike winning deals than he, and …

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

October 22, 2020

News Release
Environmental and Health Crises Threaten China’s Rise, Warns Yanzhong Huang in New Book

“China’s environmental health crisis is perhaps the most important litmus test for the resilience of the Chinese state,” argues Council on Foreign (CFR) Senior Fellow for Global Health Yanzhong Huang…

September 15, 2020

Afghanistan
Peace Talks Have Begun in Afghanistan, Major Pitfalls Await

Afghanistan Peace Talks Have Begun, Major Pitfalls Await

August 10, 2020

Climate Change
The Case for Ecological Realism

The global environmental crisis has exposed the limitations of traditional political realism. It is time to embrace ecological realism. 

A child holds a sign that says "Children need future" at a climate change protest in Thailand.

August 6, 2020

Nuclear Weapons
Five Movies Worth Watching About the Threat of Nuclear War

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films examining the risks of nuclear weapons.

Movie posters clockwise from the top left: Thirteen Days/Rotten Tomatoes; Crimson Tide/Amazon; Fail Safe/IMDB; Colossus: The Forbin Project/TMDB; On the Beach/CineMaterial; WarGames/Amazon; Miracle Mile/YouTube.