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September 6, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Plagues and the Paradox of Progress

For the first time in recorded history, viruses, bacteria, and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities, and governance. There have also been unintended consequences. In this book, Thomas Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.

September 2, 2019

China
The Third Revolution

Elizabeth Economy’s The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State argues that the intersection of Xi Jinping’s dual-reform trajectories—a more authoritarian and controlling system at home and a more ambitious and activist foreign policy abroad—provides Beijing with new levers of influence and power that the United States and others must learn to exploit and counter in order to protect and advance their own interests.

August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

Books

August 20, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Disinformation and Disease: Social Media and the Ebola Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The proliferation of disinformation online amidst the DRC’s outbreak of the Ebola virus is a serious threat to global health. Efforts to curb bad information and conspiracy theories on social media a…

Children look at a billboard providing information about Ebola outside the newly constructed MSF (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment centre in Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo, August 3, 2019.

August 20, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Shia Leader Zakzaky Alleges U.S. Involvement in Treatment in India

On August 13, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky arrived in India to receive medical treatment. Three days later, he returned to Nigeria having refused medical treatment. Upon his return, he was placed under arrest. He found his treatment in New Delhi to be unsatisfactory and objected to the tight security arrangements that had been put in place. He and some of his followers are claiming that the United States was behind his perceived poor treatment in India.

Protesters hold a sign that says "Free Zakzaky" and has images of the Nigerian Shia leader.

August 20, 2019

Energy and Climate Policy
Electricity as Coercion: Is There a Risk of Strategic Denial of Service?

This guest post is co-authored by Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School at the University of Texas a…

Electricity pylons are seen in London, Britain August 1, 2017.

August 20, 2019

International Organizations
The G7 and the Future of Multilateralism

The Group of Seven serves as a forum to coordinate global policy, but the Trump administration has provoked questions about the group’s cohesion and relevance.

G7 leaders meet in Sicily

August 20, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
The G7 Summit, With Stewart M. Patrick

Stewart M. Patrick, senior fellow in global governance and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program, and James M. Lindsay discuss the upcoming meeting of the Group of …

Podcast People swim in the sea and walk on the beach in Biarritz.

August 19, 2019

Wars and Conflict
See How Much You Know About the Cold War

Test your knowledge of the Cold War, from the Iron Curtain to the Cuban missile crisis.

School children and their teacher peer from beneath the table during New Jersey's first state-wide air raid test.

August 19, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 10–16

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 10 to 16, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.