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June 27, 2018

State and Local Governments
The New City Multilateralism

As the world rapidly grows more urban, city leaders are turning to a new form of voluntary, locally oriented diplomacy to coordinate with their global peers on sustainable development, infrastructure…

Mumbai's urban development

May 31, 2018

Iran
Iran’s Restive Middle-Class Poor

The latest recurrence of domestic protests in Iran stems from the country’s role in regional wars, combined with corruption and economic mismanagement. This discontent is likely to continue to pose a…

Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Rome, Italy, on January 2, 2018.

May 9, 2018

South Korea
Can Japan and South Korea Handle Peace With Pyongyang?

The rapid pace of North Korean diplomacy makes it crucial that Japan and South Korea coordinate more closely on potential changes to Northeast Asian security. But they must first overcome some deep-r…

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attend a business summit in Tokyo on May 9, 2018.

April 25, 2018

South Korea
High-Stakes Drama in Panmunjom

CFR assesses the prospects for the first inter-Korean summit in ten years. Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in will discuss a peaceful end to North Korea’s nuclear program, setting the stage for Kim’s planned meeting with Donald J. Trump in June.

Tourists look toward North Korea from the southern side of the demilitarized zone.

April 2, 2018

Cuba
Time to Tighten the Screws on Cuba?

With the Castro era coming to a close in Cuba, it may be time for President Donald J. Trump to take back some of his predecessor’s concessions to Havana.

U.S. Cuba Policy

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra

March 2, 2018

South Korea
Will South Korea’s Olympic Diplomacy Last?

South Korea must capitalize on its diplomatic push to bridge the divide between its longtime ally and its combative neighbor.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea’s Kim Yong-nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

February 27, 2018

Indonesia
The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability.

Students pray at an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia.

February 13, 2018

South Africa
Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town.

January 26, 2018

Olympics
South Korea’s Olympic Gains

South Korea hopes to solidify its image as modern and efficient as host of the winter games, but its success relies heavily on cooperation from the North.

The Olympic Rings and 2018 mascots on display in Gangneung, South Korea.