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June 27, 2024

Japan
How Japan Is Viewing the North Korea-Russia Alliance

Russia’s expanding security ties with North Korea raise weighty foreign policy questions for Japan and complicate the geopolitical dynamics in the Indo-Pacific. 

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un pose for a photo during a signing ceremony in Pyongyang, North Korea.

July 10, 2024

Latin America
Stagnant Urban Productivity Stunts Latin America’s Economic Growth, Plus Chinese Lenders Turn Away From Latin America

Stagnant urban productivity stunts Latin America’s economic growth; Chinese lenders turn away from Latin America.

Photo of Bogota, Colombia

June 19, 2024

Russia
Russia Struck a Defense Pact With North Korea. What Does It Mean?

The new defense treaty demonstrates a growing closeness between the two pariah states that is likely to make the rest of the world uneasy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Pyongyang.

May 28, 2024

North Korea
The North Korean and Chinese Threats Are Growing. But so Is the Trilateral Response.

With renewed support from Russia and China, there are fears that a North Korean crisis is coming. In light of this, the trilateral security relationship among the United States, Japan, and South Kore…

Biden Yoon and Kishida

July 9, 2024

Latin America
In Latin America, Your Zip Code—Not Just Your Nationality—Determines Whether You Live in a Democracy

Many big cities are doing well, but in flyover country organized crime and corruption often smother democracy.

Photo of the municipality of Jantetelco in Morelos state

June 12, 2024

Latin America
Latin America’s Big Opportunity

Over the last three decades, economic growth in Central Europe, East and Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa has outpaced growth in Latin America, where most economies have actually …

An aerial view of the brine pools and processing areas of the Soquimich lithium mine on the Atacama salt flat, the largest lithium deposit currently in production, in the Atacama desert of northern Chile, January 10, 2013.

June 12, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
CFR Fellows’ Book Launch Series: The End of Ambition: America’s Past, Present, and Future in the Middle East by Steven Cook

In The End of Ambition, Steven A. Cook boldly claims that despite setbacks and moral costs, the United States has had a record of success in the Middle East. Yet, beginning in the 1990s, those achiev…

Play Steven Cook speaks on CFR stage.

May 28, 2024

Guatemala
Latin America’s Demographic Opportunity Plus Arévalo’s First Four Months

Latin America’s openness to migration may offset downsides of aging populations; Arévalo’s reform agenda for Guatemala inches forward, but roadblocks are multiplying.

A woman holding a baby in Santiago, Chile, September 4, 2022.

March 7, 2024

China
The China-North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves at photographers as North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un claps at the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea.

May 23, 2024

United States
The President’s Inbox Recap: America’s New Cold Wars

The post-Cold War era is over and a dangerous new era of great power competition has begun.

Xi and Putin as viewed walking on a red carpet.