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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?
Election 2020
Does NATO Still Matter?
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NATO just turned seventy, and some of its own members have become deeply critical of the organization. CFR breaks down what purpose NATO serves in the twenty-first century and whether we still need it.
Election 2020
What’s the Purpose of Foreign Aid?
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Many Americans question whether the $50 billion the United States spends annually on foreign aid is worth it. CFR breaks down how much of the U.S. budget goes toward foreign assistance and how this money is spent.
Election 2020
What Are Green Jobs?
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Green jobs are booming. But what are they? And how can the United States prepare for the future this shift in technologies will bring?
Election 2020
What Automation Means for Jobs
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When was the last time you went to the mall for something you could buy on your phone? Automation is a disruptive force that continues to shape the future. CFR breaks down what automation means for the U.S. workforce.
5G
What Is 5G?
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What exactly is 5G—and why could China control its future?
United States
The Year in CFR Events
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Take a look back at 2019’s most pressing current events and the experts and renowned guests who came to CFR, including Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to discuss these issues