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Afghanistan
Where Have Afghan Refugees Gone?
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There were 2.8 million Afghan refugees in 2020, half of whom were living in Pakistan. Here are the countries that could host many of the Afghans fleeing the country after the Taliban’s takeover.
Sub-Saharan Africa
What’s Behind Africa’s Democratic Downturn?
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Only eight out of nearly fifty sub-Saharan countries are considered free. Here’s why democracy is declining across the region.
Oceans and Seas
How Illegal Fishing Threatens Oceans
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There’s a one-in-five chance the fish you ate for dinner was caught illegally. Illegal fishing is devastating ecosystems and coastal communities. Here’s what countries are doing about it.
Infrastructure
What More Investment Could Mean for U.S. Infrastructure
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Increased infrastructure spending could improve U.S. economic competitiveness, including by reducing traffic congestion, better preparing for extreme weather events, and improving broadband access.
China
What to Know About the Chinese Communist Party
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As the Chinese Communist Party marks its 100th anniversary this month, it faces a raft of challenges, including slow economic growth, environmental degradation, and tensions with the United States.
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.
COVID-19
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.
COVID-19
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.