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CFR produces a range of special resources, including trackers and data visualizations, for policymakers and citizens to get up to speed on major foreign policy and security challenges.
Special Projects

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Elections and Voting
Candidate Tracker
CFR is following the presidential candidates on the major foreign policy issues. Dive deeper below.
Cybersecurity
Cyber Operations Tracker
The Digital and Cyberspace Policy program’s cyber operations tracker is a database of the publicly known state-sponsored incidents that have occurred since 2005. Know of an incident not listed in the…
Diplomacy and International Institutions
Report Card on International Cooperation 2018-2019
https://www.cfr.org/interactive/councilofcouncils/reportcard2019/#!/ Global think tank leaders grade the world's performance and prospects for 2019.
Japan
Constitutional Change in Japan
Japan's constitutional debate is about not simply the document's past but also the nation's ability to respond to twenty-first-century challenges.
Wars and Conflict
Global Conflict Tracker
The Center for Preventive Action’s Global Conflict Tracker is an interactive guide to ongoing conflicts around the world of concern to the United States.
Women and Women's Rights
Women's Workplace Equality Index
Most countries still have laws that make it harder for women to work than men. This inequality shortchanges not only women but also entire economies.
Women and Economic Growth
Growing Economies Through Gender Parity
Closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP.
Syrian Civil War
Syria’s Civil War and the Descent Into Horror
Protests in Syria have descended into a civil war, giving rise to Islamic State militants and an outpouring of refugees and defying attempts at resolution.
Conflict Prevention
Women’s Participation in Peace Processes
Peace negotiators often overlook a proven strategy to reduce conflict and advance stability: include women.
Global Governance
Council of Council Report Card 2014-2015
The Council of Councils (CoC) Report Card on International Cooperation evaluates multilateral efforts to address ten of the world’s most pressing global challenges, from countering transnational terr…
Heads of State and Government
Campaign 2016
See where Donald Trump wants to take U.S. foreign policy
Trade
Trade and Medicines
U.S. trade deals may not be spurring the large price increases and shifts away from lower-cost generics that many predicted.
Defense and Security
The Rebalance to Asia
Despite the Obama administration’s new approach to East Asia, overall security aid to Southeast Asia actually fell by 19 percent between 2010 and 2015, shows a new analysis by the Council on Foreign …
Democracy
The Arab Uprisings Five Years On
On the eve of the Arab Uprisings’ fifth anniversary, CFR’s Steven A. Cook surveys the region’s tumult and backslide into autocracy.
Financial Markets
CFR Central Bank Currency Swap Interactive
Central bank currency swaps are becoming the new cross-border tool of choice in financial crisis management.  This interactive explores the rapid growth of currency swaps since 2007 and its implicati…