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October 17, 2017

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

February 16, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: Editorial Briefing with Robert C. Orr

This publication is now archived. Robert C. OrrRobert C. Orr the director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program, was a member of a five-person team sent, at the U.S. government’s re…

June 21, 2017

Intelligence
The FBI’s Role in National Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been reoriented toward counterterrorism in recent years, but continues to face charges of overreach.

FBI agents respond to a crime scene.

March 2, 2017

United States
U.S. Foreign Policy Powers: Congress and the President

The separation of powers has spawned a great deal of debate over the roles of the president and Congress in foreign affairs, as well as over the limits on their respective authorities, explains this …

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February 26, 2017

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The UN’s top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda but its impact has varied widely among office holders since 1946.

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

September 22, 2016

United States
The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Modern vice presidents can trace much of their political influence to the broad reforms that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale made to the second-highest elected office in the late 1970s.

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March 7, 2013

Religion
Papal Succession in the Catholic Church

The election of pope to lead the world’s one billion Catholics stirs debate over the spiritual authority of the pontiff and the church’s role in the world.

October 28, 2015

Emerging Markets
Currency Crises in Emerging Markets

Projected capital outflows are placing pressure on the currencies of some of the world most dynamic emerging markets. 

Currency exchange in Istanbul

June 12, 2013

Global
The Dilemma of Humanitarian Intervention

Global support for the "responsibility to protect" doctrine weakened after the UN-endorsed no-fly zone that helped topple Libya’s regime, and debate continues over the threshold for mounting armed hu…

June 4, 2013

Iran
Human Rights in Iran

Global monitors say Iran’s human rights situation is poor and unlikely to improve amid a climate of political uncertainty and growing external pressures. But activists urge continued international sc…