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December 15, 2020

China
How 2020 Shaped U.S.-China Relations

This year, tensions between Washington and Beijing flared over many issues. As the Biden administration prepares to take over, what lies ahead for one of the world’s most important bilateral relation…

A woman waves an American flag outside of the Chinese embassy in Houston.

December 8, 2020

2020 in Review
2020: The Year’s Historic News in Graphics

Extreme natural occurrences. Police brutality and racism. A global pandemic. CFR breaks down 2020’s biggest news with graphics.

November 17, 2020

Israel
Biden Can Clean Up Trump's Israeli-Palestinian Policy Mess, But Can He Broker Peace?

The president-elect knows only too well the failures of all the presidents who preceded him, and the hardening of positions that's occurred on both sides.

Joe Biden, Benjamin Netanyahu

October 30, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
How Erdogan Muscled Turkey to the Center of the World Stage

In the last decade, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shaped Turkey into a revisionist power that challenges not just its neighbors, but also allies such as France and the United States.

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves while surrounded by members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

October 26, 2020

Transition 2021
What Are the Laws Governing Military Force During U.S. Elections?

The prospect of a contested U.S. presidential election has spurred concerns about militias appearing at voting locations. State and federal laws have strict guidelines for any deployment of forces at…

Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

October 21, 2020

Afghanistan
Trump’s Afghanistan troop pullout plan leaves Afghan women scared for their rights, and their lives

As the U.S. reduces its presence, women fear they will be bombed and assassinated into a return to the past.

Afghanistan robot Olympiad

September 14, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The UN at Seventy-Five: How to Make it Relevant Again

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of six leading global think tanks reflect on what reforms a…

UNSC members meet at UN headquarters

September 11, 2020

Afghanistan
What to Know About the Afghan Peace Negotiations

The Center for Preventive Action has compiled an accessible overview of the Afghan peace negotiations, including the U.S.-Taliban agreement, the U.S.-Afghan government joint declaration, and the ongo…

An Afghan man walks past a wall painted with a photo of U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 13, 2020.

September 5, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The End of Hope in the Middle East

The region has always had problems—but it’s now almost past the point of recovery.

August 20, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Lebanon’s Frustrating Day of Judgment

Fifteen years after the killing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri roiled Lebanese society, the international tribunal’s ruling has left wide open the question of who at high levels was responsibl…

Seven judges sit in rows of three and four at attend a session of the UN-backed  Special Tribunal for Lebanon