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October 5, 2021

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations’ top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda, but its impact has varied widely since 1946.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sits for a photograph at the UN headquarters in Manhattan.

September 10, 2021

Health
What Is the FDA’s Role in Public Health?

The U.S. health agency regulates the country’s foods and drugs, among other products. The COVID-19 pandemic and controversy over vaccines and treatments have highlighted the FDA’s role.

An FDA worker tests a medical device using a water bath.

January 15, 2021

United States
A Unique Military Force: The U.S. National Guard

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. In some instances, how leaders have used the Guard has generated controversy, particu…

Members of the Connecticut National Guard survey flooded areas in Florida from a helicopter as part of the response to Hurricane Irma.

February 17, 2021

Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Freedoms: What China Promised and How It’s Cracking Down

Beijing has tightened its grip on Hong Kong in recent years, dimming hopes that the financial center will ever become a full democracy.

Hong Kong police force a man's arms behind his back, as an officer stands close to the camera, in Hong Kong.

November 1, 2005

Kashmir
India-Pakistan: Peace After the Earthquake?

This publication is now archived. Could the October 8 earthquake help bring peace between India and Pakistan?India and Pakistan have clashed over the disputed region of Kashmir since 1947, when the t…

March 2, 2006

Pakistan
Pakistan’s Security Situation

As President Bush heads to Pakistan, security in the Islamic nation is a primary issue. Under President Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan has made strides to curb extremism and reform Islamic education. But…

June 28, 2007

Russia
Russia’s Soviet Past Still Haunts Relations with West

President Vladimir Putin continues to downplay atrocities by Stalin. Some see Russia’s refusal to come to grips with its Soviet past haunting relations with the West.

May 6, 2005

United States
RUSSIA: U.S.-Russia Relations

This publication is now archived. What is on President Bush’s agenda when he visits Moscow this weekend?Bush is officially traveling to Russia to commemorate the 60th anniversary of VE Day, the Allie…

November 27, 2008

India
Terror Groups in India

India not only faces evolving threats from Kashmiri militants, but also an increasingly violent Maoist insurgency.

October 25, 2006

United States
Flynn: Homeland Security ’Report Card’

To mark its fifth anniversary, Stephen E. Flynn, CFR’s leading national security expert, evaluates the general performance of the Office of Homeland Security.