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Join us for in-depth, nonpartisan conversations on critical foreign policy challenges facing the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Former government officials from Republican and Democratic a…

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Inside the Issues

Hosted by CFR Senior Fellow Shannon K. O’Neil, this series aims to help explain and clarify common misconceptions about issues resonating in the U.S. presidential campaign. Visit CFR’s 2020 Election …

January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East

The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.

Demonstrators carry a national flag during an anti-government rally in Algiers, Algeria January 3, 2020.

January 10, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Elizabeth Warren Endorses the USMCA

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Elizabeth Warren says she will vote for NAFTA’s replacement, the candidates tout Congress’s war po…

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to a crowd in Davenport, Iowa, on January 5. Daniel Acker/Reuters

January 10, 2020

South China Sea
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: An Armed Confrontation in the South China Sea

This year, an armed confrontation over disputed maritime areas in the South China Sea was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.

Aircraft fly from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Indo-Pacific

January 9, 2020

Digital Policy
Invisible Workers on the Global Assembly Line

In her newly published book, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, Dr. Sarah T. Roberts discusses the world of content moderation, which increasingly plays a major rol…

Afghan girls at the first Internet cafe for women in Kabul, Afghanistan. March 8, 2012.

January 9, 2020

United States
C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Richard Clarida

Richard Clarida discusses the U.S. economy and the challenges facing the U.S. Federal Reserve. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics brings the world's foremost economic policym…

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January 9, 2020

Social Issues
Invisible Workers on the Global Assembly Line: Behind the Screen

In her new book, Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, Dr. Sarah T. Roberts reveals the inner workings of the world of content moderation on social media platforms. 

People use computers at an internet cafe in Hefei, Anhui province

January 8, 2020

United States
Jill Lepore's “These Truths: A History of the United States” Wins 2019 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

January 8, 2020—Jill Lepore has won the eighteenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for These Truths: A History of the United States (W.W. Norton & Company), a one-vol…

January 8, 2020

Russia
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Crisis Between Russia and Ukraine

This year, a severe crisis between Russia and Ukraine following increased fighting in eastern Ukraine, and/or a major military clash in contested areas, was included as a top tier priority in the Cen…

Ukrainian soldiers ride on top of a tank during military exercises in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine on December 3, 2018.