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November 16, 2020

North Korea
North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang.

November 12, 2020

Cybersecurity
TikTok on the Clock: Data, Deals, and National Security

As the deadline approaches for Beijing-based social media platform TikTok to finalize a deal allowing its U.S. operations to continue, panelists discuss the rise of TikTok and other foreign-owned mob…

Play People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak use smartphones next to an advertisement of TikTok.

October 22, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
The Future of AI, Ethics, and Defense

Speakers discuss the intersection of technology, defense, and ethics, and the geopolitical competition for the future of innovation.  The Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and T…

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September 30, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series With Philip H. Gordon

Since the end of World War II, the United States has set out to oust governments in the Middle East on an average of once per decade—in places such as Iran, Afghanistan (twice), Iraq, Egypt, Libya, a…

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September 25, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Iran?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Iran.

The Iranian flag being removed from a stage during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015.

September 25, 2020

China
Religion in China

As more people in China practice religion, the government continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to co-opt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

People kneel and pray in a mosque in Shanghai, China.

September 18, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Women Demand Justice in Mexico

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers September 10 to September 18.

Women protest gender-based violence in Mexico

April 14, 2020

Southeast Asia
Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s Response

Duterte, like other illiberal populists, has fumbled his initial handling of the pandemic. The fallout could damage his popularity and legacy.

Passengers wear protective masks while waiting at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on March 13, 2020, following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of a local travel ban in the Philippine capital

March 25, 2020

Egypt
Sisi and Erdogan Are Accomplices of the Coronavirus

By killing the Middle East’s sense of community, the region’s dictators have helped the pandemic on its death march.

A worker in a hazmat suit sprays disinfectant in Turkey's Grand Bazaar. Turkish flags hang across the image foreground.

December 30, 2019

Global
Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2019

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2019 who through…

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