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Yemen
What’s Causing a Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen?
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A civil war, demolished infrastructure, and millions of people at risk of starvation. Here’s why Yemen’s is considered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
China
What to Know About the Border Conflict Between China and India
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China and India have disputed their shared border for years—they even went to war in 1962. Here’s what to know about the latest escalation between the two Asian giants.
Central America
Why are People Fleeing the Northern Triangle?
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Tens of thousands of migrants from a region known as the Northern Triangle are arriving at the U.S. southern border. Here’s why they’re making the arduous journey.
Ethiopia
What to Know About the Conflict in Ethiopia
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Three years ago, Abiy Ahmed came to power with promises of peace. Now, jarring reports of killings and sexual violence have come out of Tigray, Ethiopia’s northernmost region. Here’s what to know about the unfolding humanitarian crisis.
Political History and Theory
The Council on Foreign Relations at 100: The History
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2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since its inception in 1921, the Council has been guided by an unwavering set of core principles: independence, nonpartisanship, and a commitment to producing quality, policy-relevant scholarship. The CFR’s mission, to provide the analysis and context necessary to inform America’s foreign policy choices and to increase public understanding of the world and why it matters, remains as urgent today as at any time in the past century.
2020 in Review
The Council in 2020: Year in Review
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A global pandemic, elections, civil unrest, and much more. The year 2020 was like no other. Take a look back at how the Council on Foreign Relations brought together renowned experts and leaders to unpack one of the most challenging times for the United States and the world.
Coronavirus
The Path to a COVID-19 Vaccine
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How is a vaccine developed? Can a vaccine end the COVID-19 pandemic? Senior Fellow Tom Bollyky answers pressing questions about the search for a coronavirus vaccine.
China
What to Know About Genocide in Xinjiang
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Human rights activists now say China's crackdown on Uighur Muslims meets the criteria of genocide. Here's why.
Coronavirus
The COVID-19 Risk for Refugees
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COVID-19 has spread across nearly every country in the world, disproportionally infecting and killing the vulnerable. Densely populated refugee camps with limited access to medical care are one of the most high-risk population on the globe. This video explores how international aid groups have stepped in amidst further hardship in refugee camps. 
Election 2020
How to Vote During a Pandemic
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As countries consider how and when to vote in the coming months, here's what experts recommend for holding safe and secure elections during the coronavirus pandemic.
Energy and Environment
The True Cost of Cheap Clothes
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Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a staggering environmental cost.
China
Behind China's Influence in Africa
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From trade to film, China's influence in Africa is nearly everywhere. Why—and at what cost?
China
Coronavirus: Which Countries Are Doing Well? Which Are Falling Short?
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In 2019, researchers assessed how prepared 195 countries were for a health crisis. But how have countries measured up against the real-life pandemic? Here’s how their scores last year compare to their responses today.
Election 2020
Is China Being Fair on Trade?
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“Made in China.” You’ve probably seen this label on your clothes, toys, and other everyday products. China’s reach has skyrocketed in recent decades, disrupting the global trading system as we know it.
China
Which Countries Are the Top 5 Carbon Emitters?
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The United States and China are responsible for more than 40% of global CO2 emissions. Which countries are the world’s biggest carbon polluters?