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April 6, 2018

China
Exposing China’s Actions in the South China Sea

China is increasing its control over the South China Sea, and has used deceptive propaganda to conceal its destabilizing activities. The U.S. government should roll out information operations to expose China's behavior and hinder its ability to expand and consolidate power in the region.

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army Navy patrol near a sign in the Spratly Islands.

August 9, 2012

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe: An Opportunity for Closer U.S.-South Africa Relations

As Zimbabwe moves closer to elections, the prospect for political violence, even civil war, grows. President Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and Prime Minist…

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April 25, 2012

Security Alliances
A Strategy for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

On January 5, President Barack Obama initiated the Defense Strategy Review, identifying Asia as a priority in future U.S. military strategy. North Korea's nuclear proliferation and China's growing mi…

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June 22, 2016

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Reconfiguring USAID for State-Building

Nation-building abroad has become a neuralgic term in American politics. Opposition to nation-building abroad is one of the few things that President Barack Obama and Donald Trump can agree on. And y…

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April 9, 2015

Afghanistan
Why the United States Should Work With India to Stabilize Afghanistan

The international military presence in Afghanistan has shrunk dramatically, and even with a slower pace of troop withdrawal, the country's security situation has already worsened. Iraq's chaos provid…

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June 17, 2019

International Finance
Make the Foreign Exchange Report Great Again

The U.S. Department of the Treasury should transform its foreign currency report so it can be used as a tool to combat currency manipulation. This would be an important step toward a more balanced global economy with fewer persistent deficits and surpluses.

A man passes by a currency exchange shop in Hong Kong, on May 29, 2019.

September 22, 2014

South Korea
Breaking the Stalemate in U.S.-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Negotiations

A dispute over whether South Korea (ROK) should have the right to enrich and reprocess U.S.-origin nuclear fuels has led to a deadlock in talks on a new bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement. Failu…

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June 26, 2012

Education
A "Languages for Jobs" Initiative

See CFR Senior Fellow and Renewing America Director Edward Alden's accompanying blog post here. The promotion of foreign language instruction should be a national priority. In an increasingly comp…

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February 16, 2012

Arctic
A Strategy to Advance the Arctic Economy

The United States needs to develop a comprehensive strategy for the Arctic. Melting sea ice is generating an emerging Arctic economy. Nations bordering the Arctic are drilling for oil and gas, and mi…

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November 19, 2015

North Korea
Addressing North Korea’s Nuclear Problem

Since defecting from Six Party negotiations on denuclearization in 2008, North Korea has pursued nuclear development unchecked by international constraints. Barack Obama's administration has demanded…

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