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January 24, 2012

Morning Brief: Obama's SOTU To-Do List

As President Obama prepares for his State of the Union tonight, eight budget and public policy experts discuss the most important objectives the president must accomplish with his address (Fiscal Tim…

August 18, 2016

United States
The Absence of Foreign Demand for Treasuries in the TIC data Is a Bit Misleading

A common explanation for low Treasury yields is that low rates outside the United States have piled into the U.S. market, as investors in Europe, Japan and elsewhere look to the United States for a r…


September 2, 2016

Europe and Eurasia
Cyber Week in Review: September 2, 2016

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. Iran rolls out its halal internet. After six years of work, the Iranian government has finall…

CFR net politics cyber

August 3, 2016

United States
Revisiting President Reagan’s Iran Arms-for-Hostages Initiative

The Wall Street Journal published an important story about the Obama administration’s decision in January to ship $400 million, which was first converted into Swiss and Dutch currencies, to Iran on b…


May 20, 2016

North Korea
Cyber Week in Review: May 20, 2016

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. More SWIFT-related heists and a possible North Korea connection? It turns out that Bangladesh…

CFR Cyber Net Politics North Korea Kim Jon Un

February 12, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: The Democrats Debate Foreign Policy, Kind of

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred again last night in a debate that the New York Times said gave foreign affairs "unusual prominence." Perhaps, if the measure is the sheer amount of time ost…


December 7, 2015

Climate Change
Molina and Zaelke: Cutting Short-Lived Pollutants Can Give Quick Wins on Warming

Policymakers should look to reductions in potent, short-lived pollutants to reduce warming faster than cuts to carbon dioxide emissions alone, write Nobel Prize-winner Mario Molina and Institute for …

July 31, 2015

Weekend Watching: Hollywood in Arabia

This weekend we are taking a break from reading to watch the best in Orientalist cinema that Western film has to offer. Here are Team Cook’s top ten favorite movies of the genre: 1.  Aladdin (for ad…


March 25, 2015

Conflict Prevention
Understanding a Framework Convention on Global Health

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. For years, a group of global health scholars and practitioners ha…

A Sierra Leonean soldier walks past protective clothing drying on a fence in the Ebola Training Academy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on December 16, 2014.

October 17, 2014

Political Movements
Weekend Reading: The Artful Arab Spring, Disillusionment in Sidi Bouzid, and Rethinking Fragmented States

St. Lawrence University offers an interactive look at the Arab uprisings through the lens of graffiti art. Michael Marcusa examines the revolutionary spirit of the youth of Sidi Bouzid three-and-a-h…