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June 18, 2015

Vatican City
How to Read Pope Francis on the Environment

The pope’s encyclical on the environment carries a profoundly religious message about care for the earth, wedded to a new call for activism, say religious scholars Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

December 1, 2017

Yemen
How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off.

October 2, 2017

Myanmar
How Myanmar’s Military Wields Power From the Shadows

Despite Myanmar’s recent transition to civilian leadership, the military has retained significant power and is most to blame for the sectarian violence against the Rohingya.

A Myanmar soldier stands near a township in Rakhine State, September 27, 2017.

May 25, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Singapore and Reykjavik: The Perils of Summitry

The 1986 meeting in Iceland between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was like none other. It offers helpful context for a potential U.S.-North Korea arms control summi…

Reagan and Gorbachev shake hands after their talks in Reykjavik.

January 12, 2006

Democracy
Bremer: An Early Withdrawal From Iraq Would Give Terrorists ‘A Big Victory’

L. Paul Bremer III, who headed the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq from May 2003 to June 2004 before the United States returned sovereignty to Iraqis, says terrorists would achieve “a b…

September 3, 2008

Capital Flows
Paul: End U.S. Wars and Ramp up Trade and Domestic Energy Production

Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says he is working to reclaim what he calls the traditional values of the GOP, including limited government and less involvement in military campaign…

December 23, 2009

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Nuclear Agenda Rising to Top of World Issues in 2010

A CFR expert on nuclear issues, Paul Lettow says President Obama’s agenda will be heavily tilted toward nuclear issues in 2010. He says this is "the ideal moment for strong American leadership on the…

June 25, 2008

Development
Five Steps to Sustainable Governance in Africa

Paul Collier, an economist and author of The Bottom Billion, discusses five steps to sustainable resource management in Africa.

May 25, 2006

Iran
Kerr: U.S. Should Offer Not to Seek Iran Regime Change

Paul Kerr, a nonproliferation expert for the Arms Control Association, says any international deal worked out with Iran should include a pledge by the United States not to seek regime change in Iran …

September 17, 2015

Vatican City
The Pope’s Soft-Power Push

Pope Francis will use his upcoming high-level visits to the U.S. and UN to press the concerns of the poor and marginalized, says expert Kenneth Himes.