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January 26, 2016

Energy and Climate Policy
Modernizing the U.S. Energy Grid

The growth of renewable energy and distributed generation is placing the aging U.S. energy grid under increasing pressure at a time when concerns over its reliability are on the rise. 

Solar panels at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas

February 19, 2015

Financial Markets
The Credit Rating Controversy

The three major credit rating agencies have been accused of contributing to the global financial crisis, drawing increased oversight from regulators in the United States and Europe. Nonetheless, inve…

The New York Stock exchange ticker

October 7, 2014

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has to overcome serious budget and leadership challenges to face future public health crises.

World Health Organization

August 25, 2014

Ukraine
Ukraine in Crisis

The crisis has spiraled into conflict that has killed thousands and continues to feed tensions between Russia and Western powers over Moscow’s support for separatists.

Anti-government protesters at a barricade in Kiev, January 25, 2014.

March 13, 2014

Europe and Eurasia
The European Union’s Eastern Partnership

The most recent crisis in Ukraine has invited closer scrutiny of the European Union’s approach to its Eastern neighbors.

Europe Ukraine

January 24, 2013

United States
Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. foreign policy is largely directed by presidents, but Congress does have considerable influence, as this CFR Backgrounder explains.

July 23, 2012

International Law
Frequently Asked Questions about the International Criminal Court

This publication is now archived. How did the court begin? The concept of an international court was first discussed in the aftermath of World War II. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s that th…

July 2, 2012

Brazil
Brazil on the International Stage

Brazil’s economic dynamism has given it a stronger voice on global trade and energy issues. Experts say Washington can advance its regional interests more effectively through a more sophisticated rel…

November 7, 2011

United States
Defense Spending and the Deficit Debate

Lawmakers are considering sharp cuts to defense spending as part of mandated deficit-reduction efforts. This Backgrounder discusses the effects of such major cuts and implications for U.S. military s…

March 26, 2012

United States
Healthcare Costs and U.S. Competitiveness

Some analysts say healthcare costs hinder U.S. industry competitiveness in the global marketplace, but it’s unclear whether proposed health reforms will offer any cost relief.