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August 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

September 9, 2021

9/11
Twenty Years After 9/11, Asian Powers Discuss Afghanistan, and More

Americans mark twenty years since the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) convenes for a summit to discuss security in Afghanistan, and Norway holds general …

Podcast Policemen and firemen run away from the huge dust cloud caused as the World Trade Center's Tower One collapses after terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the twin towers, September 11, 2001 in New York City.

May 14, 2021

Energy and Climate Policy
How Does the U.S. Power Grid Work?

Experts say big investments are needed to protect the U.S. energy grid from the growing threats of climate change and cyberattacks.

Power lines are seen in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

June 10, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Virtual Roundtable: Major Power Rivalry in Africa

Although major power competition on the African continent is a reality, it should not dominate the Biden administration’s vision for U.S.-Africa relations, argues Michelle Gavin in her new paper Majo…

Play U.S. President Joe Biden talks with South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa as they arrive for a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021.

March 25, 2021

World Order
A Concert of Powers for a Global Era

A global concert akin to the Concert of Europe offers the best and most realistic way to advance world order.

Congress of Vienna, September 1814 - June 1815

March 30, 2021

Conflict Prevention
Major Power Rivalry in the Middle East

In a new paper, Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at CFR, discusses how great power competition is altering the prospects for managing conflicts i…

The skyline of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is seen from the desert.

March 29, 2021

Global
Women’s Power Index

Find out where women around the world wield political power—and why it matters.

March 24, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
How to Reassign Power in the Humanitarian Sector

This post was authored by Wale Osofisan, senior director, governance technical unit at the International Rescue Committee. When we analyze leadership in the humanitarian sector, we often see image…

Samantha Power, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead USAID, walks to her seat prior to her confirmation hearing.

March 16, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Hard Edge of the Pope’s Moral Power

The pontiff’s Middle Eastern diplomacy may seem superficial, but it could make a huge practical impact.

April 5, 2021

Global Governance
A Concert of Powers Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come—and Gone

A global concert of major powers has undeniable attraction as a potential deus ex machina in our age of global turbulence. But its elegant simplicity is a mirage.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sit at a table in a hotel conference room, facing Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, and Wang Yi, China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister, with U.S. and Chinese flags in the background, at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.