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October 13, 2021

Global
Annual Report 2021

This was an extraordinary year for the Council. Established in the wake of a global pandemic of influenza, CFR experienced its centennial year amid another—COVID-19. Although the celebrations this ye…

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January 3, 2017

Human Rights
Bolstering the UN Human Rights Council’s Effectiveness

Overview Two successive terms of U.S. membership on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), before the mandatory one-year hiatus, have improved the body’s performance in several ways. These improveme…

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December 11, 2015

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Managing Japan-South Korea Tensions

Overview Fifty years after the establishment of official diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea, continued animosity between the United States' two Northeast Asian allies remains a pro…

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April 21, 2021

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reinventing Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation as Cooperative Endeavors

Differences between nuclear and nonnuclear weapons states could seriously weaken the nuclear regime. Recasting disarmament as a common endeavor that addresses each country’s legitimate interests and …

An inflatable nuclear missile balloon stands at the ready before a protest held by the group Global Zero in McPherson Square in Washington, DC.

May 29, 2012

Economic Crises
Quarterly Update: The Economic Downturn in Historical Context

How do the recent economic collapse and recovery match up with past cycles? This chart book provides a series of answers, plotting current indicators (in red) against the average of all post–World Wa…

October 31, 2011

China
Historical Precedents for Internationalization of the RMB

Overview The twentieth century saw the rise of the U.S. dollar, the German mark, and the Japanese yen as international currencies. Now the Chinese renminbi is on a similar course toward reserve cu…

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May 19, 2017

Fossil Fuels
Increasing the Use of Natural Gas in the Asia-Pacific Region

Increased use of natural gas in the Asia-Pacific region could bring substantial local and global benefits. Countries in the region could take advantage of newly abundant global gas supplies to diversify their energy mix.

An LNG tanker passes boats along the coast of Singapore on February 3, 2017.

October 9, 2015

China
Global Economics Monthly: October 2015

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn argues that China's growth prospect lies somewhere between hard-landing and muddle-through scenarios. However, uncertainty remains and is already being felt strongly and likely to put increasing pressure on emerging markets through trade contraction and financial contagion. For the United States, fragility in emerging markets is the critical risk and will dominate economic decision-making for months if not years to come.

April 19, 2012

Health Policy and Initiatives
The New Global Health Agenda

Overview The field of global health is witnessing a shift in focus from disease-driven initiatives to projects aimed at increasing the sustainability and strengthening of health systems. A crucial…

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September 30, 2012

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
More with Less

Overview Natural and human-made disasters are increasing around the world. Hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and resultant famine, floods, and armed conflicts are constant rem…

More with Less