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February 6, 2018

Olympics
The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event.

April 28, 2016

Brazil
Rousseff’s Impeachment: What’s Next for Brazil?

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, if it moves forward, will not bring political stability but raise a new set of challenges, says CFR’s Matthew Taylor.

September 5, 2008

United States
McCain Economic Adviser Says Lower Taxes, Boost Trade, Produce Energy Domestically

A senior economic adviser to Sen. John McCain calls free trade an essential element in reviving U.S. economic fortunes.

April 20, 2016

Global
Global Climate Policy After Paris

As countries prepare to sign the landmark Paris climate accord, the work to reduce global carbon emissions is only beginning, says CFR’s Michael Levi.

March 18, 2014

Turkey
Turkish Leader Still Standing

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has weathered public protests, a corruption scandal, and mounting political pressure in the past year, and is likely to tighten his grip on power, says CFR’s Steve…

October 3, 2013

Israel
Israel’s New Mideast Pressures

Amid diplomatic challenges on Iran and Syria, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could face conservative opposition at home for progress on peace with Palestinians, says CFR’s Robert Danin.

July 2, 2013

Syria
The Role of Religion in Postconflict Syria

Interreligious cooperation is central to facilitating transitional justice and reconciliation in Syria, says expert Daniel Philpott.

May 25, 2012

Egypt
How to Read Egypt’s Elections

Egypt’s next president is likely to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or a Mubarak-era figure. Either way, U.S. ties are likely to cool, says CFR’s Steven A. Cook.

June 28, 2011

Conflict Prevention
Growing Shadows in an Unsettled Iraq

A rise in Iraq’s violence and sectarian tensions--and the highest U.S. monthly combat deaths since 2008--come amid mounting concerns over the government’s role and questions about the U.S. troop pres…

February 23, 2011

Afghanistan
Gauging U.S.-Taliban Talks

There are clear indications of direct U.S. talks with the Taliban to end violence in Afghanistan, says expert Steve Coll. But the process is fraught with challenges posed by all parties to the confli…