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December 13, 2021

Conflict Prevention
Major Power Rivalry and Multilateral Conflict Management

Despite growing rivalry among the major powers, multilateral institutions like the United Nations can continue to play a vital role in the management of violent conflict. Washington should look for opportunities to work with these institutions and, where needed, bolster their role in cooperation with other powers to manage future regional threats to peace.

Major Power Rivalry and Multilateral Conflict Management

July 15, 2014

Wars and Conflict
Trends in U.S. Military Spending

Military budgets are only one gauge of military power. A given financial commitment may be adequate or inadequate depending on the number and capability of a nation's adversaries, how well a country …

January 21, 2015

Financial Markets
Quarterly Update: Foreign Ownership of U.S. Assets

Foreign ownership of U.S. assets has increased significantly since 1945, growing especially quickly over the past two decades. This growth is the result of a general increase in cross-border investme…

August 22, 2013

United States
Quarterly Update: The U.S. Economic Recovery in Historical Context

How does the current recovery, which, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, officially started in June 2009, compare to those of the past? The following charts provide a series of an…

May 29, 2012

Economic Crises
Quarterly Update: The Economic Downturn in Historical Context

How do the recent economic collapse and recovery match up with past cycles? This chart book provides a series of answers, plotting current indicators (in red) against the average of all post–World Wa…

October 22, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Women and the Law

Barriers to women's economic participation persist in every region of the world. Nations need to do more to level the legal playing field for women and ensure that women have the right to compete fairly in the economy—which will lead to significant gains.

Women and the Law front cover image: Employees process data on their laptops at a data management services firm in Gaza.

March 8, 2021

Inequality
Transforming International Affairs Education to Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Insufficient leadership, outdated curricula, and alienating school climates leave future foreign policy experts ill prepared to address the social forces contributing to fragility and unrest globally…

Protesters hold up placards as they “take a knee” in front of a police line at a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in London on June 7, 2020.

July 17, 2003

Iraq
Iraq’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Overview Rebuilding Iraq is an enormous task. Iraq is a large country with historic divisions, exacerbated by a brutal and corrupt regime. The country's twenty-four million people and its infrastr…

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April 9, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Accelerating the Defense Department’s AI Adoption

The Department of Defense is struggling to adopt artificial intelligence technologies. Lindsey Sheppard explains the challenges the department faces and recommends strategies for moving forward.

The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the Pentagon briefing room, in Arlington, Virginia, on January 8, 2020.

October 15, 2013

Fossil Fuels
The Shale Gas and Tight Oil Boom

Introduction U.S. policymakers have been concerned about the country's dependence on imported energy since World War II. Those concerns were highlighted in the 1970s when episodes of sharply risin…

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