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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an American nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization, publisher, and think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. Founded in 1921 and headquartered at 58 East 68th Street in New York City, with an additional office in Washington, D.C., the CFR is considered to be the nation's "most influential foreign-policy think tank". It publishes a bi-monthly journal, Foreign Affairs.

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Sexual Violence in India. The abduction, rape, and murder of an eight year-old girl has sent religious and political tensions soaring in India. The girl, a member of a Muslim nomadic tribe, was abducted in January. This month, eight Hindu men were arrested in connection with the case, telling ...
East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign exchange market intervention isn't as overt as it once was, but also hasn't entirely gone away. Blog Post by Brad W. Central Banks

Speakers discuss the growing trend toward populism around the world and the current global state of democracy. For further reading, please see the CFR blog The Internationalist by Stewart M. Patrick, the article "Liberal World Order, R.I.P." by Richard N. Haass, and the Freedom House report "Freedom ...
This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on Monday, April 9, 2018. President Donald Trump's recent announcement that the United States would be getting out of Syria “very soon” stunned the policy community. Almost immediately, the op-ed pages, Twitter, and talking heads ...
Global Gender Pay Gap Widens. According to the World Economic Forum, the global gender pay gap is widening. For the first time, the Forum's annual shows a decrease in gender parity, with women's economic participation representing one of the fastest-growing gaps. Women are not only paid less than ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will return to Florida tomorrow to meet with President Donald J. Trump. Much has changed since Abe's first visit in February 2017, just a month into the new Trump administration. The Abe-Trump relationship has blossomed over the president's first year in office, largely ...

In the wake of recent air strikes on Syria by the United States and its allies, some lawmakers in Washington and other world capitals are questioning the attacks' legal basis. The Trump administration claims the recent assault was justified, but it has not laid out a rationale based on international law, says ...
The airstrikes conducted by the United States, Britain, and France on Saturday against Syrian military targets were about upholding a nearly century-old prohibition against chemical warfare, not about Syria's seven year-long war that has killed more than half a million people. Indeed, the limited coalition ...
Panelists look at America's longest war and examine strategies for how to bring it to an end. This is Session II of The Future of the Middle East symposium. This event is made possible by the generous support of the Hauser Foundation. RUBIN: Good morning. Welcome to this second session of today's ...
The U.S. Treasury Department's next foreign exchange report is due on April 15—so it should come out soon, maybe even tonight. More From Our Experts. Brad W. Setser · When Did the China Shock End? Scott A. Snyder · Kim Jong-un's Invitation and Donald Trump's Response · James M. Lindsay.
Here is a quick round-up of this week's technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fielded questions during two marathon congressional testimonies over concerns about the company's data handling practices and ...
Just a reminder to please silence your cellphones. And, with that I'll hand it over to Glenn Kessler, who's going to moderate our first session on “The Iran Fault Line.” Thanks so much. KESSLER: Welcome to the first session of today's Council on Foreign Relations Symposium on the Future of the Middle East.
President, Council on Foreign Relations. HAASS: So let's start actually with the 800-pound gorilla, which is the big thing, the acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Given what Blair said, given how stunningly well you've done, how well you're doing, why would—what compels you to then take on a whole new ...
Over the past three decades, since the end of the Ferdinand Marcos era in the Philippines, the country has often combined corrupt and semi-authoritarian elected politics with strong cultural and institutional checks on elected leaders. One of the most powerful checks has been the Philippines' vibrant media ...
Monica Wang is an intern with the Asia Studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a student at Yale University. Djibouti may be located thousands of miles away from both the United States and China, but it is becoming an increasingly salient focal point in U.S.-China relations. Before he was ...
Introduced in the late 1920s with the discovery of penicillin, antibiotics are a class of drugs used to treat bacterial infections. They fall into a larger drug class, antimicrobials, which includes medications to fight microorganisms such as viruses, fungi, and parasites. Antibiotics were mass produced during ...
Daily News Brief Sign up for a morning roundup of news and analysis from around the world. Email Address. Thanks for signing up! Check your Email Address. Browse more CFR newsletters. ©2017 Council on Foreign Relations. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. CloseStyle: MLA APA ...

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week's post, covering February 23 to March 4, was compiled with support from Alexandra Bro and Anne Connell. Blog Post by Rachel Vogelstein. March 5, 2018. Women pass by a ...
Government regulation on fake news is unlikely to prevent malicious actors from meddling in our elections or polarising our societies. With many worried about a Russian information offensive in the West, European states are in the process of developing defence mechanisms. Unfortunately, several seem to ...
The Suezmax sized oil tanker Karvounis lies at anchor stranded off the coast of Louisiana for lack of a bank letter of credit to discharge its cargo of Venezuelan heavy crude, south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, U.S. August 17, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman). Blog Post: Blog posts represent the views ...
Patrick McEachern is an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. government or Department of State. North Korea's nuclear and missile ...
With elections approaching, the fact that Italy's EU cohesion profile is approaching Britain's is cause for grave concern across Europe. For decades, Italy played a crucial role in building the European Union. For French and German policymakers Europe was a pragmatic means of avoiding conflict through ...
South Korea must capitalize on its diplomatic push to bridge the divide between its longtime ally and its combative neighbor. Expert Brief by Scott A. Snyder. March 2, 2018. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea's Kim Yong-nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong attend the Winter Olympics in ...
The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states' societies, political systems, and overall stability. Expert Brief by Joshua Kurlantzick. February 27, 2018. Students pray at an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia. Irsan Mulyadi/Antara Foto via Reuters. Expert Brief: CFR ...
Russia's March 2018 election will mark the arrival of the post-Putin era in Russian domestic politics. Following the vote, Vladimir Putin will focus on shaping the new era, in a process he views not as a search for a successor but as a transfer of power from his generation to the “Putin generation” (comprising ...
With over 5,000 years of history, modern China must be understood through the lens of its past. In his recent book, Bully of Asia: Why China's Dream is the New Threat to World Order, Steven Mosher argues that from its earliest emperors to President Xi, China has maintained continuity through its distinctive ...
While the true nature of relations between Moscow and the Trump campaign may never be fully known, one person who agrees with this assessment of a situation reminiscent of the Cold War is the President of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Richard N. Haass, who cited the Russian annexation of ...
Alex Grigsby is the assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier this month, French Digital Economy Minister Mounir Mahjoubi released a strategic review of France's approach to cybersecurity. The review is a wholesale reassessment of the ...
As Italy approaches elections on March 4, with no certainty on the outcome, the political campaigns are largely focussed on migration, rather than on the practical problems facing Italians on a daily basis. Immigration is now the biggest issue for 36% of Italians (up from just 3% in 2012) despite the fact that ...
The U.S.-Indonesia relationship has often disappointed. It's time to rethink U.S.-Indonesia ties and try to achieve real security goals, rather than make bold plans for cooperation that never come to fruition. Blog Post by Joshua Kurlantzick. February 20, 2018. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Indonesia's ...
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA) discusses the national security implications of Russia's alleged election interference with Andrea Mitchell at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. Full transcript, via CFR: MITCHELL: Well, welcome, everyone. Thank you all so much for turning out. I know you're ...
The Council on Foreign Relations acknowledges the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for its generous support of the Contingency Planning Roundtables and Memoranda. Introduction The Contingencies Warning Indicators Implications for U.S. Interests Preventive Options Mitigating Options Recommendations ...
Daily News Brief Sign up for a morning roundup of news and analysis from around the world. Email Address. Thanks for signing up! Check your Email Address. Browse more CFR newsletters. ©2017 Council on Foreign Relations. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. CloseStyle: MLA APA ...
The would-be independent state strikes a contrast with Somalia as a place of relative peace and democratic stability, but international recognition has remained out of reach. Backgrounder by Claire Felter. February 1, 2018. A girl participates in a street parade in Hargeisa to celebrate Somaliland's self-declared ...
Thank you very much to the Council on Foreign Relations for convening this session. So, in the past 10 years the cost of solar power has declined by at least 85 percent, and the cost of wind power has declined by roughly half in the same period. In India last year the power minister, Piyush Goyal, said ...
The departure of Raul Castro this month as president of Cuba will mark the first time in sixty years that the country will not be ruled by someone with the surname Castro. While Raul carried out some incremental reforms, the legacy of Raul and his brother Fidel is one of a long-repressed, ...
NEW YORK - "A perfectly executed strike…Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished." So tweeted US President Donald Trump just hours after more than a hundred American, French, and British cruise missiles hit three sites in Syria believed to be associated with chemical ...
Full video of FM Zarif addressing Council on Foreign Relations ... Apr. 24 (MNA) - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discusses US-Iran relations, regional politics in the Middle East, and the future of the Iran nuclear deal while addressing the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday in New York.
It remains hard to see how this US administration will produce a wider strategy for Syria that both allows for meaningful impact and limits escalation. Last week's chemical weapons attack has again thrust the brutality of the Syrian conflict onto the global spotlight. Assad's use of lower-level chemical weapons ...
Daily News Brief Sign up for a morning roundup of news and analysis from around the world. Email Address. Thanks for signing up! Check your Email Address. Browse more CFR newsletters. ©2017 Council on Foreign Relations. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. CloseStyle: MLA APA ...
This week: the UN Secretary General discusses on cyber issues, data protection in the UK post Brexit, and the economic costs of cybercrime. Blog Post by Adam Segal. February 23, 2018. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres talks at the Munich Security Conference on February 16, 2018. Ralph Orlowski/Reuters.
MALLABY: Welcome to this morning's Council on Foreign Relations “World Economic Update.” With me to discuss the world economy, I've got Nouriel Roubini on my far left, chairman, I think it is, of Roubini Global Economics; Jan Hatzius in the middle, who is from Goldman Sachs Group; next to me, Lewis ...
U.S. oil production is set to surpass its all-time record monthly high (first set in 1970), and U.S. liquefied natural gas exports are roaring ahead, with 800 billion cubic feet already shipped since 2016. The U.S. Energy Information Administration is expecting the United States to become a net exporter of ...
A historic dry spell has severely affected Cape Town's water supply, and global climate patterns suggest that other cities may face the same fate. Interview by Maral Tavitian · Kevin Winter, Interviewee. February 22, 2018. Sand blows across a normally submerged area at Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA) discusses the national security implications of Russia's alleged election interference with Andrea Mitchell at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. Full transcript, via CFR: MITCHELL: Well, welcome, everyone. Thank you all so much for turning out. I know you're ...
The Council on Foreign Relations acknowledges the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for its generous support of the Contingency Planning Roundtables and Memoranda. Introduction The Contingencies Warning Indicators Implications for U.S. Interests Preventive Options Mitigating Options Recommendations ...
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha marches in the royal cremation procession of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, on October 26, 2017. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters. Blog Post. More on: Thailand · Southeast Asia · Democratization · Elections and Voting.
The would-be independent state strikes a contrast with Somalia as a place of relative peace and democratic stability, but international recognition has remained out of reach. Backgrounder by Claire Felter. February 1, 2018. A girl participates in a street parade in Hargeisa to celebrate Somaliland's self-declared ...
Commenting last week on Turkey's dramatic military offensive on the Syrian city of Afrin, Boris Johnson said, “Turkey is right to want to keep its borders secure.” This support of the Turkish intervention likely reflects the foreign secretary's personal interests in border control. For if Mr Johnson were to consider ...
Cryptocurrencies are a disruptive financial technology that present governments with new national security challenges and terrorist groups, criminals, and rogue states with opportunities. Backgrounder by Ankit Panda. January 30, 2018. A Bitcoin logo is pictured on a door at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris, France.


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