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February 22, 2018

Food and Water Security
Why Is Cape Town Drying Up?

A historic dry spell has severely affected Cape Town's water supply, and global climate patterns suggest that other cities may face the same fate.

Dry Cape Town dam

June 22, 2009

Iran
Iran’s Clash of ’Titans’ May Not Resolve Itself Soon

Farideh Farhi, an Iran expert, says powerful forces are arrayed on both sides of Iran’s electoral dispute and that a resounding victory by either side is unlikely.

August 11, 2008

Georgia
Georgia-Russia Clash: A ‘Bump’ or ‘Fork’ in Road?

Stephen Sestanovich, CFR’s top Russia expert,says the fighting between Georgia and Russia is more a “war” than a “conflict,” and could have far-reaching consequences.

April 27, 2007

Elections and Voting
Abramowitz: Major Political Clash in Turkey between ’Secularists’ and ’Islamists’

Morton I. Abramowitz, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey during the first Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991, says many Turkish “Secularists” fear that the government headed by the “Islamist” party of Prime Minist…

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…

July 25, 2016

Bangladesh
The Struggle Over Bangladesh’s Future

The recent rise in Islamist violence in Bangladesh is caught up in a polarizing political debate over the country’s identity.

July 8, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Careful U.S. Diplomacy on Honduras

Latin America expert Kevin Casas-Zamora says that by putting its diplomatic weight behind a mediation effort by Arias to settle the Honduran crisis, the Obama administration has demonstrated sensitiv…

October 7, 2008

Climate Change
Climate Change Expert Worries Financial Crisis Will be ’Excuse’ to Delay Action

The UN special envoy on climate change for Papua New Guinea discusses the implications the financial crisis has for international efforts on climate change.

February 24, 2016

Iran
Why Iran’s Elections Matter

Despite heavy vetting of candidates, Iran’s elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts will offer insights into whether hardline or more moderate factions gain influence, says expert Mohammad A…

February 12, 2016

Syria
Will Cease-Fire Agreement Bring Syrians Relief?

A cease-fire agreement in Syria may not be the turning point its international backers have claimed it is, says expert Noah Bonsey.