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Russia

President Putin’s moves to shift government power reinforce his own claim to leadership beyond 2024, but they also set in motion competition for influence throughout Russia.

Election 2020

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Rajan Menon and Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich join host James M. Lindsay to discuss past and current U.S. policy toward Russia.

 

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President Trump’s coming trial could affect the conduct of U.S. foreign policy as well as the rhythms of the presidential campaign.

 

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Libya

Libya

The war between Libya’s rival governments is intensifying as more countries wade into the conflict, and analysts fear that a proxy war is brewing in the North African nation.

 

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China

China

The Trump administration recognizes the China challenge, but it needs a grand strategy. Blackwill recommends decisive action, sustained diplomacy, collaboration among branches of the U.S. government, and working with allies in Asia and Europe, among other approaches.

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Iran

Iran

The Trump administration is making a mistake in providing vague and shifting legal rationales for the killing of an Iranian general.

Iran

The Trump administration’s killing of an Iranian military commander in Iraq raises questions about its legality under domestic and international law.

Iran

From podcasts to position trackers, CFR has a wealth of resources to help you understand foreign policy and the presidential campaign.

CFR on the Record

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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

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Please join our panelists for a discussion on potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2020, as well as their global political implications. This event will explore the results of the 2020 Preventive Priorities Survey, which will be available on cfr.org on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Russia

Our panelists discuss growing tensions in U.S.-Russia relations, potential areas for both deterrence and cooperation, and strategies to avoid conflict between the two countries.

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Robert Kaplan of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas discusses the importance of international trade, the global economy, and U.S. monetary policy. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics brings the world's foremost economic policymakers and scholars to address members on current topics in international economics and U.S. monetary policy. This meeting series is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.

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Climate Change UN Climate Talks

Since 1992, when the United Nations recognized climate change as a serious issue, negotiations among countries have produced notable accords, including the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement. But leaders have struggled to maintain momentum and failed to slow global temperature rise.

Brazil Deforestation in the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest absorbs more greenhouse gases than any other tropical forest. But in Brazil, deforestation has claimed nearly a fifth of its tree cover, which threatens biodiversity and contributes to climate change.

China Belt and Road Tracker

This tracker shows how the Belt and Road Initiative has changed countries’ bilateral economic relationships with China over time.

Trade The Truth About Tariffs

Tariffs have been applied over the years to protect homegrown industries and target competitors who are seen as using unfair trade practices. They impose costs on both importers and exporters and had been in decline until the recent U.S.-China trade spat.

Featured Publications

India

A rising India wants a seat at the table of global powers, and is ready to set its own terms on everything from defense to climate to trade. Ayres considers how a fiercely independent India seeks its place as a leading power, and how the United States should respond.

Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Global health expert Thomas J. Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.

Conflict Prevention

Stares proposes a comprehensive new strategy for how the United States can manage an increasingly turbulent world and reduce the risk of costly military commitments.