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June 1, 1998

South Korea
Managing Change on the Korean Peninsula

The Korean peninsula remains one of the most heavily armed and dangerous places in the world. Despite its deteriorating economy, North Korea retains a standing army of over one million men and an eno…

September 16, 1998

Trade
Sanctions Against Rogue States: Do They Work?

(May 22, 1998) - The Council on Foreign Relations’ Great Debate on Sanctions Against Rogue States will air on UCSD-TV, a non-commercial television station broadcasting from the La Jolla campus of th…

July 27, 1999

Asia
U.S. Policy Toward North Korea

The Korean peninsula remains one of the world’s most dangerous places. While North Korea has an army of 1.2 million troops and holds Seoul hostage with its missiles and artillery, Pyongyang is in des…

January 1, 1999

Cuba
U.S.-Cuban Relations in the 21st Century

Having contained Cuban support for revolution in Latin America and perceiving signs of strong stirrings of a new civil society in Cuba, the United States should take steps to “contribute to rapid, pe…

April 1, 1999

Europe and Eurasia
U.S. Policy Toward Northeastern Europe

During the Cold War Northeastern Europe was a strategic backwater and received relatively little attention in U.S. policy. However, since the end of the Cold War, the region has become an important f…

January 24, 2000

Kosovo
Promoting Sustainable Economies in the Balkans

The conflict in Kosovo, less than four years after the brutal civil war in Bosnia, was a wake-up call to the international community. The West and others had once again underestimated the powerful fo…

January 1, 1997

Asia
Fires Across the Water

The glittering economic success of the New Asia has a dark side of drug trafficking, illegal migration, labor abuses, and pollution. These so-called "transnational problems" are grabbing headlines an…

February 10, 2001

Politics and Government
State Department Reform

Ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the military and economic instruments of American power have benefited from renewed attention and resources. However, the forward edge of American nationa…

November 27, 2001

Agricultural Policy
Across the Rubicon

Overview The world's agricultural system stands at the shores of a technological Rubicon. On the near side, where most farmers toil today, new strains of crops are still largely the product of con…

March 24, 2000

Colombia
First Steps Toward a Constructive U.S. Policy in Colombia

Introduction and Executive Summary In November 1999, the Council on Foreign Relations and Inter-American Dialogue established an independent task force to review and offer recommendations on U.S. …