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June 30, 2011

Economic Crises
The Folly of U.S. Debt Brinkmanship

Gridlock over raising the debt ceiling has already tarnished Washington’s image and failure to address the problem in one month could cause enormous global financial upheaval, writes CFR’s Sebastian …

May 18, 2018

Foreign Aid
PEPFAR’s Impact on Global Health Is Fading

During its fifteen years, PEPFAR has become one of the most important global health initiatives ever launched. However, its influence is fading, threatening the global fight against HIV/AIDS as the s…

Pepfar HIV testing

December 18, 2017

United States
Trump Security Strategy a Study in Contrasts

The president’s first national security strategy eloquently sums up the U.S. role in the world and what should be done to defend it, but much of the document is at odds with what the president himsel…

Trump introduces his administration's first national security strategy.

May 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia
How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia’s stability is not under immediate threat, but questions about the Kingdom's fate in longer-term will persist.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman poses after receiving an an honorary PhD from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

April 5, 2017

South Africa
South Africa’s Cabinet Reshuffle Reflects Leadership Crisis

President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has exposed growing fissures within the ruling African National Congress, writes CFR’s John Campbell.

January 11, 2017

Kurds
Are Conditions Ripening for Iraqi Kurdish State?

Iraqi Kurds have enjoyed virtual autonomy for more than two decades, but formal independence might finally be in reach due to changing realities facing Iraq and Turkey, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook.

February 13, 2017

China
Behind China’s Gambit in Pakistan

China’s flagship investment project in Pakistan could provide a much needed economic spark, but significant security and political challenges loom.

February 13, 2017

Global
CRISPR: Transformative and Troubling

A new genetic technology has the potential to cure diseases and boost plant, insect, and human lives, but it also poses profound ethical questions.

November 2, 2011

International Organizations
Six Criteria for G20 Success in Cannes

G20 leaders will be tested this week to act on sovereign debt crises and potential global economic upheaval. Stewart Patrick says a proper response would be for leaders to follow their own promises f…

January 13, 2016

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Future Hinges on Its States

The spotlight is on Nigeria’s new president as he tries to tackle a vicious insurgency and steep economic problems but the crucial actors in trying to stabilize Africa’s most populous country are at …