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June 23, 2022

Hong Kong
China’s Crackdown on a Free Hong Kong

After the British government handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997, Beijing promised to let the city keep its capitalist economy and some of its democratic freedoms under the “one country, two syste…

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November 3, 2021

Space
A New Age of Space Defense

A handful of countries including China and Russia are breaking new ground in developing space weapons. Does that mean the world is headed for an arms race in space?

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April 8, 2022

Ukraine
Is Russia Committing War Crimes in Ukraine?

Russian forces have been accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine, including an apparent massacre in the city of Bucha and the bombing of a maternity hospital in Mariup…

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February 2, 2012

Afghanistan
The New Afghan Combat Timetable

The newly announced U.S. plan to end its combat mission in Afghanistan by mid-2013 could make it more difficult to realize the chief goal of helping Afghan national forces become self-sufficient, say…

March 19, 2013

Israel
Israel’s New Government: Three Things to Know

Israel’s new coalition government is widely divided on prospects for peace with the Palestinians, but the coalition is likely to last longer than many expect, says CFR’s Robert M. Danin.

May 31, 2015

Nigeria
Nigeria’s New President: Three Things to Know

The inauguration of opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari after credible elections should advance democracy for all of Africa, says CFR’s John Campbell in this video explainer.

July 11, 2011

Sudan
South Sudan: New Nation Faces Unresolved Problems

The independence of South Sudan is a call for celebration but many difficult issues remain unresolved, says John Campbell, Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations…

November 4, 2015

Syria
Russia’s Campaign in Syria: Three Things to Know

Russian airstrikes in Syria could have an impact on Syria’s internal evolution, the politics of the region, and relations among the great powers, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

September 6, 2013

Global
Syria & U.S.-Russian Relations: Three Things to Know

U.S.-Russian disagreement over how to respond to the conflict in Syria is spurring further deterioration in the relationship between Moscow and Washington, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

January 26, 2012

Afghanistan
Video Brief: Afghanistan

The winner of the 2012 U.S. presidential race will have to make critical decisions on Afghanistan, including how to support and fund Afghan forces as well as possible concessions to the Taliban, says…