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December 13, 2017

Global
Ten Silver Linings in 2017

In a year of tumult, were there any positive trends? Experts point to a number of areas where progress was made, from reducing child mortality and poverty to improving women’s rights.

Lebanon Women's Rights

February 26, 2007

Trade
Is the WTO Dispute Settlement System Fair?

Daniel J. Ikenson and Robert E. Lighthizer debate the mechanism for adjudicating trade arguments.

July 12, 2018

Russia
The Trump-Putin Summit: Issues at Stake

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could take fresh approaches on contentious issues, including Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections, Ukraine, Syria, and arms control, to their meeting in Helsinki.

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

May 23, 2017

Europe
The Terrorist Past Has a Message for the Terrorist Present

History suggests that Europe’s current wave of terror can be ameliorated, if not entirely stopped.

February 15, 2017

Cybersecurity
A Fancy Bear Finds Its Way Into the Middle Kingdom

Lorand Laskai, research assistant in the Asia studies program, and Alex Grigsby, assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program, contributed to this post. Earlier this week, Chine…

CFR Cyber Net Politics Russia Bear

June 30, 2017

South China Sea
The False Choice of War or Accommodation in the South China Sea

I appreciate Hugh White taking the time to critique my essay in the current edition of Foreign Affairs, which recommends a course correction in US strategy to deter and, if necessary, deny Chinese co…

The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sails alongside South Korean multirole guided-missile destroyer Wang Geon during a bilateral exercise in the western Pacific Ocean. April 25, 2017.

November 28, 2017

China
Trump's Looming Hard Line on China

U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s first visit to Beijing was an exhibition of mutual flattery. China rolled out the red carpet for what it termed a 'state visit plus,' replete with unprecedented pomp …

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China.

November 28, 2017

Economics
The Global Economy in 2018

The global economy will confront serious challenges in the months and years ahead, and looming in the background is a mountain of debt that makes markets nervous—and that thus increases the system's vulnerability to destabilizing shocks. Yet the baseline scenario seems to be one of continuity, with no obvious convulsions on the horizon.

G20-Leaders-Summit-Germany-World-Economy

March 18, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Election Disappoints

February’s presidential election does not inspire confidence in the democratic trajectory of Africa’s most populous country.

A young man climbs up a wall plastered with election posters during a rally in Kano to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection.

January 5, 2018

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and responding to domestic calls for reform? A look at the government's organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, is the second-longest-serving head of state in the Middle East.