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March 11, 2020

Taliban
The Taliban in Afghanistan

Since its ouster in 2001, the Taliban has maintained its insurgency against the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan government. A new U.S.-Taliban deal could pave the way for the group’s r…

Taliban fighters wearing brown camouflage, tennis shoes, and cloths around their faces hold large guns and walk in a line.

March 6, 2020

International Criminal Court
The ICC’s Probe Into Atrocities in Afghanistan: What to Know

The ICC appeals chamber’s decision to move ahead on an investigation of grave abuses by combatants in Afghanistan, including U.S. forces, marks an unprecedented move that is likely to arouse intensiv…

U.S. soldiers patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, April 2004.

March 6, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
International Women’s Day: Women and Political Power

International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to reflect on the victories and ongoing struggles faced by women around the world. This year, there is much to celebrate—particularly in the realm of …

Claudia Lopez celebrates after winning local elections in Bogota, Colombia October 27, 2019.

March 5, 2020

United Kingdom
The Northern Ireland Peace Process

The Good Friday Agreement has dampened sectarian tensions and brought stability to Northern Ireland since 1998, but Brexit negotiations and local political paralysis are throwing the region’s hard-wo…

Northern Ireland

March 4, 2020

Elections and Voting
CFR-FIU Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum

Presented by the Council on Foreign Relations and Florida International University Watch an in-depth, nonpartisan conversation on critical foreign policy challenges facing the winner of the 2020 p…

Play CFR-FIU Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum

February 25, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Leave Afghanistan?

Since November, I have been talking with experts with differing views on how the United States should handle the foreign policy challenges it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election …

An Afghan National Army officer holds the black, red, and green Afghan flag during a training exercise in Kabul in October 2015.

February 24, 2020

Iran
Have the Latest Elections Strengthened Iran’s Hard-Liners?

A sweeping win in parliamentary elections helps Iranian conservatives in a time of mounting tensions with Washington, but record-low turnout signals fading public support for Iran’s hard-liners.

February 24, 2020

Elections and Voting
Move Slow and Break Nothing

The Iowa Democratic Party's use of a mobile app to report votes turned its caucus into a debacle. To prevent this from happening again, the U.S. government needs to set rigorous standards for electio…

A sign is seen on a caucus doorway in Kellogg., Iowa, U.S.

February 24, 2020

Trade
NAFTA and the USMCA: Weighing the Impact of North American Trade

President Trump has reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  

Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States.

February 21, 2020

Kenya
What Would a U.S.-Kenya Trade Deal Mean?

The Trump administration hopes that a free trade agreement with Nairobi will be a counterweight to Beijing’s growing role across Africa and a model for bilateral deals with others on the continent.