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July 10, 2019

Trade
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost the region’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil.

July 9, 2019

United States
A Conversation with Ash Carter

Secretary Carter discusses national security strategies in a rapidly changing world and his legacy as the twenty-fifth Secretary of Defense.   

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July 8, 2019

China
The Chinese Obstacle to a Nuclear Deal With North Korea

If North Korean nuclear proliferation was intended by China to reduce the U.S. presence in the Pacific, that strategy has backfired.

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July 3, 2019

United States
Why Iran Tensions Are Rekindling the AUMF Debate

A look at the post-9/11 war powers law that the Trump administration could use to justify conflict with Iran.

July 2, 2019

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC in a Changing World

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, but the bloc’s influence is on the wane as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come to the fore.

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July 1, 2019

G20 (Group of Twenty)
More Questions Than Answers in Trump's Asian Summitry

President Trump delayed tariffs on China and visited North Korea over the weekend, contributing to the most unpredictable international environment in decades.

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June 27, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
A Bipartisan Promise: The United States Will Advance Women’s Roles in Security

On June 13, CFR Senior Fellow Jamille Bigio testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing on “Women in Conflict: Advancing Women's Role in Peace and Security.” During the …

CFR Senior Fellow Jamille Bigio testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on advancing women’s roles in peace and security.

June 27, 2019

European Union
How Does the European Union Work?

The EU’s authority has steadily expanded as its members have passed more and more decision-making power to the union. How do its institutions work?

Members of the European Parliament during a voting session.

June 27, 2019

Taiwan
China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan.

June 27, 2019

Cybersecurity
Solving the Identity-Protection Problem by Bringing the Post Office Into the Digital Age

Revamping the U.S. Postal Service could help solve long-standing problems with validating identities in the digital realm and make email a true substitute for physical mail.

Low-angle view of post office against blue sky.