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May 17, 2019

Iran
Escalating U.S.-Iran Tensions: What’s Next?

Neither Iran nor the United States likely wants war, but the possibility of a miscommunication is considerable, risking a dangerous escalation.

A blurry photo taken at night shows a military plane taking off from the deck of an American aircraft carrier as people watch.

November 12, 2018

Yemen
Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen Has Failed

Saudi Arabia is no closer to achieving its objectives in Yemen, and international pressure to end the war is growing. The kingdom can cease its bombing campaign and still defend its national interest…

Yemen

May 16, 2019

Trade
The Truth About Tariffs

Tariffs have been applied over the years to protect homegrown industries and target competitors who are seen as using unfair trade practices. They impose costs on both importers and exporters and had been in decline until the recent U.S.-China trade war.

A steelworker tests a sample of steel at an Indiana mill in March 2018.

December 20, 2018

Syria
Sudden U.S. Troop Exit From Syria Would Exacerbate Regional Instability

President Trump’s order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria could have major implications for the country, the Middle East, and broader U.S. foreign policy.

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September 13, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Ambassador Martin Indyk to Join CFR as Distinguished Fellow

September 13, 2018—Former diplomat and Middle East expert Martin Indyk will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) this month as a distinguished fellow and director of executive education, based…

March 28, 2019

Israel
The Golan Heights: What’s at Stake With Trump’s Recognition

President Trump’s reversal of half-century-old U.S. policy will in practice change little in the strategic territory occupied by Israel, but it could have far-reaching diplomatic reverberations.

Israeli troops train in the Golan Heights.

March 14, 2019

China
Why China's Incomplete Macroeconomic Adjustment Makes China 2025 a Bigger Risk

How the fragile macro-economic base of China’s external adjustment could intersect with China 2025 and generate a new "China" shock.

Why China's Incomplete Macroeconomic Adjustment Makes China 2025 a Bigger Risk

March 12, 2019

United Kingdom
The Northern Ireland Peace Process

The Good Friday Agreement has dampened sectarian tensions and brought stability to Northern Ireland since 1998, but Brexit negotiations and local political paralysis are throwing the region’s hard-wo…

Northern Ireland

March 11, 2019

Cybersecurity
Chinese Hackers are Stealing U.S. Defense Secrets: Here is How to Stop Them

The United States clearly recognizes that it can do more to counter IP theft of national security assets.

A Chinese woman rides past Beijing Intermediate People's Court in Beijing July 24, 2001.

March 8, 2019

United States
The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

Chinese steel factory