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February 1, 1998

Trade
Promoting U.S. Economic Relations with Africa

In 1997, Washington paid unprecedented attention to Africa and its continental rebirth. Both then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright toured the continent. Presi…

June 1, 1998

South Korea
Managing Change on the Korean Peninsula

The Korean peninsula remains one of the most heavily armed and dangerous places in the world. Despite its deteriorating economy, North Korea retains a standing army of over one million men and an eno…

April 12, 2001

Energy and Climate Policy
Strategic Energy Policy Challenges for the 21st Century

Cosponsored by James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University There could be more Californias in America’s future unless the U.S. government adopts a long-term, comprehensive en…

October 1, 2000

Asia
Future Directions for U.S. Economic Policy Toward Japan

During the last ten years, Japan has undergone a difficult period of economic stagnation. Only now is the country showing preliminary signs of emerging from an economic slowdown. In response to its d…

May 7, 2003

Indonesia
To Avoid Deadly Violence in Papua, Council Commission Urges Immediate implementation of Special Autonomy Plan by Indonesian Government

New York, May 7, 2003 - There is only one way to avoid conflict in the remote and impoverished, yet resource-rich, Indonesian province of Papua: Give it greater self-governance and a stake in the de…

May 21, 2003

China
Chinese Military At Least Two Decades Away from Rivaling U.S. Forces, Concludes Newly Released Council Task Force Report

May 22, 2003 - China is pursuing a deliberate course of military modernization, but is at least two decades behind the United States in terms of military technology and capability. Moreover, if the …

June 18, 2003

Myanmar
Burma: Time For Change

Burma is one of the most tightly controlled dictatorships in the world. For more than four decades, Burma’s 50 million people have been oppressed by military rulers who have systematically impoverish…

May 31, 2003

North Korea
Meeting the North Korean Nuclear Challenge

The North Korean nuclear program is headed in a dangerous direction. Yet the United States and its allies have not set forth a coherent or unified strategy to stop it. This Task Force report evaluate…

September 10, 2005

Conflict Prevention
In the Wake of War

This Council-sponsored, independent Task Force points out that nation-building is not just a humanitarian concern, but a critical national security priority that should be on par with war-fighting an…

April 5, 2006

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Iran's Nuclear Program Symposium: Policy Options for the United States

Council on Foreign RelationsNew York, NY RICHARD HAASS: Why don’t we get started? This is—I’d say this is the clean-up position, except it’s only batting third. We also have the somewhat unenviable …