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April 1, 2015

China
Lauren Dickey: China’s Myanmar Quandary

Lauren Dickey is a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Violence along the border between China and Myanmar, in the ethnically Chinese-populated Kokang reg…

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July 12, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Consideration of the Taylor Force Act

Elliott Abrams testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, discussing the Taylor Force Act.

May 31, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Charles Taylor Sentenced - a Step Forward?

In April, the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague found Charles Taylor guilty of many crimes against humanity related to his involvement with the civil war in Sierra Leone. (Taylor was not tr…

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor (bottom) argues with a photographer as he awaits the start of the prosecution's closing arguments during his trial at the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam February 8, 2011.

August 26, 2019

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations’ top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda, but its impact has varied widely since 1946.

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March 20, 2014

Taiwan
Lauren Dickey: Is Taiwan the Next Democracy in Crisis?

Lauren Dickey is a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party (KMT) has caused quite the kerfuffle. On Monday, March 17, the KMT…

Protestors in Taiwan’s legislature in Taipei hold a banner, “Seventy-five percent of Taiwanese people demand item-by-item review,” on March 19, 2014. (Patrick Lin/courtesy Reuters)

August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

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August 12, 2019

Sanctions
What Are Economic Sanctions?

For many policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges such as terrorism and conflict.

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July 24, 2019

Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q2 2019

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between April 2019 and June 2019. 

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July 10, 2019

Trade
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost the region’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil.

December 2, 2014

China
Lauren Dickey: Taiwan’s Local Elections and a New Challenge for Beijing

Lauren Dickey is a research associate for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party experienced an unprecedented electoral defeat last Saturday,…

Supporters wave flags after Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je won the local elections, in Taipei on November 29, 2014 (Pichi Chuang/Courtesy: Reuters).