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Human Rights

For years U.S. administrations have been vocal champions of human rights, but President Trump has signaled a shift. Listen to the latest President’s Inbox podcast.

Human Rights

Drawing on decades of research into transnational civil society networks and international institutions, political scientist Kathryn Sikkink counters skeptics from the left and the right who have argued that the persistence of grave human rights violations throughout the world is evidence that the international movement has failed and should be abandoned altogether.

Human Rights

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Venezuela

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's oil sector could be counterproductive and even hinder a post-Maduro democratic transition.

Religion

Venezuela

Venezuela is in the midst of an unprecedented economic and political crisis. During this event, panelists discuss the effects of this turmoil on the region, current U.S. and international policy towards Venezuela, and possible options to address the growing crisis.
Korean Peninsula

Korean Peninsula

 

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Korean Peninsula

Nuclear negotiations involving the United States and North Korea, which have proceeded in fits and starts over more than a quarter century, have been stymied by mistrust.
France

France

In an indirect rebuke to Trump, French President Macron staunchly defended multilateral cooperation as the only answer to the world’s ills in his congressional address, underscoring why France remains America’s longest—if oft-unappreciated—ally.

 

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Elections

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The 2018 U.S. midterms are less than eight months away, and Congress has done nothing to close loopholes that enable political advertising on social media to fuel disinformation and division. Time for legislators to get to work. 

 

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Cybersecurity

The events of the 2016 U.S. election demonstrate that more high-level political action is required to manage real and perceived cyber vulnerabilities in election systems.
U.S. Military

U.S. Military

The U.S. military’s all-volunteer force has drawn on a shrinking pool of Americans, raising questions about the model’s viability.

U.S. Military

Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad. But many civilians are unfamiliar with their composition. How much does the military resemble U.S. society at large?

 

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CFR on the Record

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This is the keynote session of the 2018 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs, a collaborative effort by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Access Pipeline, and the International Career Advancement Program. 

United States

Speakers discuss the growing trend toward populism around the world and the current global state of democracy.

Iran

Minister Zarif discusses U.S.-Iran relations, regional politics in the Middle East, and the future of the Iran nuclear deal. 

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Korean Peninsula North Korean Nuclear Negotiations

Nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea have proceeded in fits and starts across three decades and have failed to halt the advance of the North’s atomic weapons program.

Human Trafficking The Scourge of Modern Slavery

Slavery, long banned and universally condemned, persists in many corners of the world, victimizing tens of millions of people.

Kurds The Time of the Kurds

The Kurds are one of the world's largest peoples without a state, making up sizable minorities in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Their history is marked by marginalization and persecution.

Trade How Are Trade Disputes Resolved?

Dispute resolution mechanisms have become increasingly controversial as countries grapple with their implications for sovereignty, domestic regulation, and the enforcement of international obligations.

Japan Abenomics and the Japanese Economy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has introduced an audacious set of economic policies designed to spur the country out of its decades-long deflationary slump. The results have so far been mixed.

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Energy and Environment

Solar energy is the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, but its rise is in danger of stalling. Varun Sivaram argues that realizing solar's potential will require innovation—creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems.

Political History and Theory

The award-winning author of The Battle of Bretton Woods reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today.

U.S. Foreign Policy

In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.