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October 30, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bill Weld, Republican Presidential Candidate

Bill Weld was the first Republican to officially announce he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Weld knows that his bid faces long odds. Roughly nine out of ten …

Bill Weld

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.

October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

June 20, 2019

Sudan
Will Gulf Nations Tip the Balance in Sudan Crisis?

Gulf powers have lined up behind Sudan’s ruling military council. Where Sudan goes from here could depend on whether other powers play a countervailing role.

Sudanese protesters wave national flags and shout slogans during a protest outside the army complex in the capital Khartoum

June 7, 2019

Radicalization and Extremism
Hate Speech on Social Media: Global Comparisons

Violence attributed to online hate speech has increased worldwide. Societies confronting the trend must deal with questions of free speech and censorship on widely used tech platforms.

A memorial outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

May 9, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Blacklisting the Muslim Brotherhood: What to Know

Naming the diffuse movement a foreign terrorist organization could stretch the blacklist’s purpose and complicate the work of diplomats in the Middle East and North Africa.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood are tried in Cairo on charges related to demonstrations against President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster.

March 27, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: BCG Projects Re-Shoring of Seven Industries

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) released a report identifying seven industries poised to return manufacturing to the United States from China over the decade. Re-shoring will be driven by increased…

A Gregory Industries employee walks between rolls of steel before a Canton campaign event for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters).

February 12, 2019

Refugees and Displaced Persons
No Refuge

What is a refugee? A quarter billion people worldwide live outside their country of nationality. One-tenth of them are refugees. While most migrants are fleeing poverty and seeking opportunity, refugees are running from acute threats: barrel bombs in Syria, razed villages in Myanmar, or repression and crime in Venezuela.

Refugee Camp

March 28, 2019

Israel
The Golan Heights: What’s at Stake With Trump’s Recognition

President Trump’s reversal of half-century-old U.S. policy will in practice change little in the strategic territory occupied by Israel, but it could have far-reaching diplomatic reverberations.

Israeli troops train in the Golan Heights.

September 16, 2019

Elections and Voting
Elizabeth Warren

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

Elizabeth Warren