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September 7, 2017

Southeast Asia
Suu Kyi_9.6.2017 Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Opportunity for the U.S. Congress

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Robert Kagan suggested that, in this period of uncertain governance by the White House, Congress should take a much more forceful approach to governing, as i…

March 2, 2017

United States
Separation_Powers_Foreign_Policy.jpg U.S. Foreign Policy Powers: Congress and the President

The separation of powers has spawned a great deal of debate over the roles of the president and Congress in foreign affairs, as well as over the limits on their respective authorities, explains this …

October 4, 2017

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The American flag flies over the New York Stock Exchange U.S. Corporate Tax Reform

President Donald J. Trump has vowed corporate tax reform in 2017, but Congress is deeply divided over the details, including how to reduce rates and subsidies, and whether to tax profits made abroad…

October 12, 2017

China
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Great Hall of the People in Beijng to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the People's Liberation Army, August 1, 2017. Making Sense of China’s Nineteenth Party Congress

As China’s senior Communist Party members anoint its future leaders, President Xi Jinping is poised to solidify his position and power at next week’s party congress.

September 6, 2017

Immigration and Migration
A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch along the fence next to the U.S.-Mexican border in Calexico, California, February 2017. The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government, explains this Backgrounder.

October 6, 2017

United States
The State of U.S. Infrastructure The State of U.S. Infrastructure

As President Trump readies his first budget, debate has intensified over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major shortfall…

October 17, 2017

China
After the Party Congress, Will Xi Jinping Finally Get Tough on North Korea? After the Party Congress, Will Xi Jinping Finally Get Tough on North Korea?

The importance of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th party congress to the future of Xi Jinping’s leadership and the direction of China has paralyzed policy debates on many issues, including North Ko…

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.

October 10, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Ethnic Yazidis flee the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq. How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Trump’s executive orders on immigration have sparked debate over the national security implications of its refugee pr…

April 13, 2015

United States
Play RTX16OV1-Pool-NEW-EC.jpg Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy

Experts discuss how the new Congress will address a range of pressing foreign policy issues.