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Analytical briefs written by's staff on issues of the day with links to the news, analysis, commentary, and primary source materials that put the facts in context.    

Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 06:43:05 -0400

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Issue Guide: Fidel Castro

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:46:42 -0500

Fidel Castro, who died on November 25, was one of the most prominent figures of the Cold War and an adversary of ten consecutive U.S. presidential administrations. This reading list considers the legacy of his nearly fifty years in power, including the Cuban Missle Crisis, the U.S. economic embargo, and the years following the Cold War.


Iran Nuclear Deal’s ‘Implementation Day’

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:25:12 -0500

The confirmation by UN monitors that Iran has complied with the deal to dismantle large parts of its nuclear program lifts major sanctions and ushers in a new era for the Middle East. This issue guide offers analysis and background.


Issue Guide: 2016 State of the Union Address

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:50:22 -0500

Catch up on the issues President Obama will focus on in his final year with this State of the Union reading list.


Issue Guide: Iran Nuclear Talks

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:08:59 -0400

As the deadline looms for the completion of a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program, this issue guide provides background on the diplomatic progress and stumbling blocks, and possible consequences of an agreement.


Issue Guide: Greece's Debt Crisis

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:43:25 -0400

Five years after the onset of its sovereign debt crisis, Greece once again finds itself on the precipice of default and a departure from the nineteen-member eurozone. This reading list provides expert background and analysis of the crisis. 


Issue Guide: 2015 State of the Union Address

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:52:00 -0500

The following roundup offers in-depth analysis of these and other issues expected to dominate the address.


Issue Guide: Year Behind, Year Ahead

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:02:26 -0500

What were the important foreign policy turning points in 2014 and what does 2015 have in store? This CFR year-ender issue guide provides a rundown of expert analysis.


Issue Guide: What's at Stake in Hong Kong?

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:14:45 -0400

Ongoing protests in Hong Kong have called China's "two systems" into question and challenged the party's leadership. This Issue Guide provides background and analysis of the issues at stake.


Issue Guide: Crisis in Ukraine

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:13:51 -0500

The latest eruption of violence in Ukraine has brought its protracted political unrest—rooted in a dispute over strengthening ties with the European Union—to its bloodiest phase yet. This roundup of expert analysis examines the conflict and consequences for regional stability.


Issue Guide: 2014 State of the Union Address

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:51:10 -0500

This roundup provides analysis and insight on the issues expected to dominate President Obama's 2014 address.


Issue Guide: What Geneva II Means for Syria

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:00:17 -0500

Will the Assad regime and Syrian political opposition negotiate a political transition or move to alleviate Syria's humanitarian crisis? This Issue Guide provides background and analysis on the long-awaited Geneva II talks.


Issue Guide: Year in Review, Year Ahead

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:25:29 -0500

What were the pivotal events in 2013 and where will foreign policy challenges emerge in 2014? This CFR year-end issue guide provides an experts' roadmap.


Issue Guide: Iran Nuclear Agreement

Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:30:14 -0500

Does the Iran nuclear deal mark the beginning of the end of this prolonged crisis? This CFR issue guide reviews the debate.


Issue Guide: What German Vote Means for Europe

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:40:05 -0400

At stake is Europe's future economic and political sustainability, since the next German government will be charged with guiding the currency union out of crisis, explains this Issue Guide.


Issue Guide: The Syria Crisis

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:17:27 -0400

A reported devastating chemical weapons attack stirs new debate in Washington and global capitals about intervention in Syria. This Issue Guide provides background and analysis.


Issue Guide: Egypt's Escalating Crisis

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:35:02 -0400

The promise of a democratic Egypt faces its starkest challenge yet as a military crackdown on Islamist protestors threatens to unhinge the transition process. This Issue Guide provides background and analysis.


Issue Guide: G8 Summit 2013

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:15:45 -0400

Trade liberalization, tax reform, and transparency in corporate ownership and international development are at the top of the G8 agenda, but they may be overshadowed by the civil war in Syria. This issue guide compiles news and analysis on policies on the table and member state's compliance with past years' commitments.


Issue Guide: Iran's Presidential Elections

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:48:03 -0400

Are Iran's presidential elections too tightly controlled, or will they offer an opportunity for reformist voices to emerge? This Issue Guide traces the campaign and essential background.


Issue Guide: The Domestic Surveillance Debate

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 15:33:35 -0400

Disclosures of Obama administration domestic intelligence activities have rekindled public discussion of the balance between counterterrorism efforts and civil liberties, as examined in this Issue Guide.


Issue Guide: Boston Bombings and Terrorism

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:24:22 -0400

The deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon raise anew the vulnerability of U.S. civilian targets and homeland security policy dilemmas, as examined in this CFR Issue Guide.


Issue Guide: Venezuela's Challenging Next Chapter

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:04:25 -0400

Venezuela's next leader must confront rampant crime, economic distortions, and political divisions. This Issue Guide provides background and analysis on Sunday's election and the post-Chávez era.


Tracking the Iraq War

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:35:56 -0400

Trace the Iraq war campaign through ten CFR meetings that assembled some of the leading foreign policy analysts and news figures of the past decade.


Issue Guide: Iraq Invasion Ten Years After

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:53:30 -0400

This guide provides expert analysis and background on some of the central issues facing Iraq ten years after the U.S.-led invasion.


Issue Guide: Venezuela Under Chávez

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:46:35 -0500

The death of Hugo Chávez raises major questions about the stability of Venezuela, with implications for the region, and Cuban relations in particular, according to this Issue Guide.


Issue Guide: 2013 State of the Union Address

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:36:58 -0500

President Barack Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on February 12. The following materials offer a guide to understanding issues high on the president's priorities list.


Issue Guide: U.S. Presidential Transition

Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:25:24 -0500

This CFR Issue Guide provides resources and analysis on President Obama's inauguration and the foreign policy challenges facing his second administration.


Issue Guide: The World in 2012

Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:08:55 -0500

A guide to CFR materials that highlight and discuss this past year's turning points and developments. Plus, forecasts from a range of experts on economic and political trends to watch for in 2013.


Crisis in Euroland: Year in Review

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:28:11 -0500

EU leaders took significant steps forward to rein in the eurozone crisis in 2012, but have struggled to implement meaningful, long-term reforms to develop a more integrated Europe.


Issue Guide: Foreign Policy and the Presidency

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:56:51 -0500

This Issue Guide provides resources highlighting the foreign policy and national security implications of the U.S. presidential campaign and the challenges facing the next administration.

Editor's Note: Click here for CFR Issue Trackers on candidate positions and other 2012 campaign resources, which examine the foreign policy and national security dimensions of the presidential race.


Ten Foreign Policy Quotes from the Candidates

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:12:54 -0400

Read short takes from the U.S. presidential candidates on ten critical foreign policy issues.