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December 11, 2015

South Korea
Unified Korea and the Future of the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Overview Korean unification could arguably occur within the next decade. No other country in the world is as diplomatically isolated as North Korea. Even its closest ally and benefactor, China, is…

August 8, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in east Saudi Arabia. Unpacking the Canadian/Saudi Spat

Last week, the Saudi government arrested two prominent women’s activists, the latest move in a series of incarcerations targeting women’s and civil society leaders in the Gulf kingdom. 

August 2, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A motorist drives past a parking lot full of new Tesla electric vehicles in Richmond, California, U.S. June 22, 2018. What States, Cities, and Corporations can do in the Face of Federal Resistance to the Clean Transportation Transition

Stefan Koester is an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Univ…

June 29, 2018

Turkey
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli in Ankara, Turkey, on June 27, 2018. What Erdogan's Victory Means for Turkey, the Kurds, and Syria

Henri J. Barkey discusses what Erdogan's victory means for Turkish foreign policy in Syria and, domestically, what it means for Turkey’s Kurds.

April 26, 2011

North Korea
No Good Options on North Korea

As former president Jimmy Carter visits Pyongyang, any movement on resumption of stalled talks on North Korea’s denuclearization is unlikely, says CFR fellow Sue Terry. Washington should continue to …

September 29, 2010

North Korea
North Korea’s New Collective Leadership

With Tuesday’s military promotions, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il created a triumvirate to succeed him. But this "collective leadership" will not change relations with the United States anytime soon, say…

May 17, 2018

Digital Policy
Irish abortion referendum How Europe and Canada Are Fighting Foreign Political Ads on Social Media

New Facebook data reveals that foreign advertisers may have tried to influence the upcoming Irish referendum on abortion. More proof that ad transparency initiatives for social media are necessary to…

May 15, 2018

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
CPTPP signing What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.

April 12, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Media-Journalists-Zuma South African Media Recognized for Exposing Zuma Corruption

Strong civil society, a free media, a sophisticated parliamentary opposition, and judges who regularly ruled against the government played interdependent roles in protecting South Africa’s democratic institutions.

March 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia' oil minister and chairman of Saudi Aramco Khalid A. Al-Falih arrives as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meets Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in London, March 7, 2018. IPO Politics and the Saudi U.S. Visit

This post is co-written by Jareer Elass, an energy analyst who has covered the Gulf and OPEC for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to the Arab Weekly. This week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bi…