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June 14, 2019

Energy and Environment
Climate Risk Impacts on the Energy System

Insights from a CFR workshop examining the financial, regulatory, security, and technological dimensions of climate risks to the U.S. energy system.

Hurricane Harvey off the coast of Texas as seen from the International Space Station, on August 25, 2017.

October 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
Disinformation on Steroids

Deep fakes—highly realistic and difficult-to-detect depictions of real people doing or saying things they never said or did—are a profoundly serious problem for democratic governments and the world order. A combination of technology, education, and public policy can reduce their effectiveness.

An image from a fake video of former President Barack Obama, demonstrating facial-mapping technology.

May 23, 2018

Southeast Asia
The U.S.-Southeast Asia Relationship: Responding to China’s Rise

The United States’ strategic and economic relationships with Southeast Asia are deteriorating fast and may be seriously diminished by 2030. However, the United States can take several measures to bolster its strategic and economic ties with Southeast Asia to counter China's rise in the region.

A sailor walks behind aircraft on the U.S. Navy carrier USS Carl Vinson after it docked at a port in Danang, Vietnam, on March 5, 2018. (Kham/Reuters)

May 15, 2018

Cybersecurity
Sharing Classified Cyber Threat Information With the Private Sector

Critical infrastructure companies cannot protect themselves from adversarial nation-states without federal assistance. The U.S. government should create a classified network to share information on c…

Staff members sit at their workstations at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Virginia, on January 13, 2015.

April 3, 2018

Space
Cybersecurity and the New Era of Space Activities

Satellite cybersecurity has received little attention from spacefaring states, despite significant risks.

SpaceX launches a Tesla into space

November 17, 1999

Trade
Who Decides? Congress and the Debate Over Trade Policy in 1934 and 1974

Introduction Governor Adlai E. Stevenson thought trade policy was boring; he once described it as one field where the greatest need is for fresh clichés. He had a point. In the long period that th…

January 30, 2018

United States
Reforming the U.S. Approach to Data Protection and Privacy

Rather than a comprehensive legal protection for personal data, the United States has only a patchwork of sector-specific laws that fail to adequately protect data. Congress should create a single legislative data-protection mandate to protect individuals’ privacy.

Trading information and the company logo are displayed on a screen where the stock is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

December 12, 2017

China
Writing New Rules for the U.S.-China Investment Relationship

The United States should aim for a version of reciprocity that allows it the flexibility to maximize pressure on the broad range of Chinese industrial policy concerns while leaving a clear route to negotiations.

A man walks past a branch of Citibank in Beijing, on April 18, 2016. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

November 21, 2017

Russia
Countering Russian Information Operations in the Age of Social Media

Russia's information warfare operations, aimed to weaken adversaries' social cohesion and political systems, are complex and adaptive, but Western governments can take steps to guard against them.

A Russian flag and a 3-D model of the Facebook logo is seen through a cutout of the Twitter logo in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on May 22, 2015.

November 17, 2017

Russia
Economic Constraints on Russian Foreign Policy

For now, Russia is able to achieve many of its foreign policy goals despite the limitations of its economy, but that will not last forever. The United States should prepare to seize future opportunit…

Russian servicemen march prior to the Victory Day military parade marking the World War II anniversary at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2017.