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May 18, 2022

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Celebrating Ten Years: Conference on Diversity in International Affairs

As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, CFR celebrates a decade of hosting the annual Conference on Diversity in International Affairs (CDIA) in collaboration with the Global Access Pip…

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May 2, 2022

Japan
After Seventy-Five Years, Will Japan Strengthen Its Military?

Since it went into effect seventy-five years ago, Japan’s constitution has prevented the country from engaging in combat. But China’s growing military power and North Korea’s increasing threats raise…

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February 16, 2022

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Where Has COVID-19 Contact Tracing Worked?

As part of global efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, health officials have tried a variety of contact-tracing strategies in countries around the world. Some have been success stories;…

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January 25, 2022

Saudi Arabia
The Dangers of the Middle East’s Kafala System

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for …

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July 27, 2020

COVID-19
The COVID-19 Risk for Refugees

COVID-19 has spread across nearly every country in the world, disproportionally infecting and killing the vulnerable. Densely populated refugee camps with limited access to medical care are one of th…

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March 2, 2018

Renewable Energy
Why Solar Energy Needs Innovation to Reach Its Potential

Solar energy, the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, could one day supply most of the world’s energy needs. But in a new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and…

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November 4, 2015

Syria
Russia’s Campaign in Syria: Three Things to Know

Russian airstrikes in Syria could have an impact on Syria’s internal evolution, the politics of the region, and relations among the great powers, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

July 17, 2015

Iran
Iran’s Nuclear Deal: Three Things to Know

Talks over Iran’s nuclear program have concluded with a deal that will limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for relief from economic and financial sanctions. Before the sanctions are lifted,…

July 7, 2015

Global
The BRICS: Three Things to Know

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (known as the "BRICS") are forming multilateral bodies intended to reduce Western influence over the global financial system, explains CFR’s Stewart Pat…

May 31, 2015

Nigeria
Nigeria’s New President: Three Things to Know

The inauguration of opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari after credible elections should advance democracy for all of Africa, says CFR’s John Campbell in this video explainer.