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November 28, 2012

Heads of State and Government
Jorge Castañeda and Shannon O'Neil on Nieto and U.S.-Mexico Relations

BERNARD GWERTZMAN: Greetings, everyone. Welcome aboard. And I'm Bernard Gwertzman. I'm an editor for the Council on Foreign Relations website.And we have two great guests here today to answer questi…

January 16, 2013

Wars and Conflict
Denying Jihadists Safe Haven in Mali

France’s decision to intervene forcefully in Mali is a welcome development in the campaign to eradicate transnational terrorism in Africa. It comes after weeks of diplomatic dithering over how to res…

Militiaman from the Ansar Dine Islamic group sit on a vehicle in Gao in northeastern Mali

July 16, 2013

Americas
Will Snowden Come Between the U.S. and Latin America?

Recent revelations about U.S. surveillance activities in Latin America have provoked a range of negative responses from regional leaders, but the practical consequences will be marginal, says expert …

December 30, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Remembering Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013

Last Thursday, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy through their vision, service, intellect, or courage. Below are ten world figures who died in 2013. Ea…

The sun sets over Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. (Mike Hutchings/Courtesy Reuters)

February 9, 2009

Venezuela
Venezuela’s Oil-Based Economy

Venezuela is trying to develop new markets for its oil at a time of increasing friction with its main customer, the United States. But a significant short-term shift in oil relations between Venezuel…

November 14, 2014

Noncommunicable Diseases
The Emerging Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases

Overview The gravest health threats facing low- and middle-income countries are not the plagues, parasites, and blights that dominate the news cycle and international relief efforts. They are …

February 5, 2015

Australia
Tony Abbott Has To Go

Important: The views expressed on this blog are my own. The Council on Foreign Relations takes no positions on matters of policy or politics.  Is Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott the most incom…

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March 24, 2015

Politics and Government
Campaign 2016: Senator Ted Cruz, GOP Presidential Candidate

Someone had to be first. When it comes to the 2016 presidential campaign, that person is Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Yesterday, he formally announced that he is running for president. Cruz’s rise to nat…

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April 8, 2015

Americas
Hitting the Restart on U.S.-Latin America Ties

The U.S.-Cuba rapprochement means that leaders at the upcoming Summit of the Americas can focus less on regional tensions and more on issues such as trade, immigration, and security, says CFR’s Shann…

January 15, 2016

Politics and Government
Democracy’s Continuing Struggles

After the end of the Cold War, experts who closely studied trends in democratization believed that democracy was destined to sweep the globe. With the Soviet Union gone, there was no clear ideologica…

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