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September 1, 2000

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Future Visions for U.S. Defense Policy

Overview Though threats to American security have changed dramatically in the last decade, U.S. defense policy and military forces look a lot like they did during the closing days of the Cold War…

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March 24, 2000

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The United States, Japan, and China

During the twentieth century, as the United States grew into a world power, Americans confronted two major powers in Asia: China and Japan. Of course, there were and are other crucial factors in Asia…

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October 1, 1999

Japan
Alliance Adrift

Read an excerpt of Alliance Adrift. The U.S.-Japan alliance is confronting its most critical test since its inception in 1951, a new evolutionary stage in a radically changed context, with the ris…

May 5, 2000

China
Sustainable Development and the Open-Door Policy in China

How can one best explain China's remarkable economic growth during twenty-one years and its rise from autarky to world economic power? The exercise requires chutzpah; it demands simplification; it cr…

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March 1, 2002

Refugees and Displaced Persons
The Price of Indifference

Read an excerpt of The Price of Indifference. Refugee policy has not kept pace with new realities in international and humanitarian affairs. Recent policy failures have resulted in instability, te…

July 6, 2001

Asia
The United States and Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia deserves more sustained attention from American policymakers than it has received in the recent past, according to this independent Task Force report. It argues that Southeast Asia has…

December 1, 2000

Economics
The Wind of the Hundred Days

Jagdish Bhagwati applies his characteristic wit and accessible style to the subject of globalization in this collection of public policy essays.

November 1, 2002

Politics and Government
The End of the American Era

At a time when American primacy appears to be stronger than ever, Council Fellow and Georgetown Professor Charles Kupchan argues that the end of Pax Americana is near. What will replace American supr…

November 1, 2002

North Korea
No Crisis with North Korea, Says Council’s Independent Task Force Co-Chairman Morton Abramowitz

Morton Abramowitz, who is co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Korea, says that despite North Korea’s disclosure that it has a secret nuclear weapons program, “we…

November 8, 2002

Democracy
Threats to Democracy

Democratic governments, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations have responded poorly and often at cross purposes when democracies are threatened by coups or erosions of the de…