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To help readers better understand the nuances of foreign policy, CFR staff writers and Consulting Editor Bernard Gwertzman conduct in-depth interviews with a wide range of international experts, as well as newsmakers.

Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:31:28 -0400

Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:31:28 -0400

Copyright: Copyright 2016 by the Council on Foreign Relations. All Rights Reserved.

U.S. Navy Operations in a Maritime Chokepoint

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:05:32 -0400

A missile attack on a U.S. warship in the Bab al-Mandeb strait, off the coast of Yemen, illustrates how the U.S. Navy responds to an array of threats while patrolling the world’s waterways, says CFR visiting fellow Captain Clint Carroll.


What the 9/11 Lawsuits Bill Will Do

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:37:47 -0400

Congress overrode a presidential veto to enable the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts. But the law will be a thorn in U.S. foreign relations, and plaintiffs will not likely get justice, says expert Stephen I. Vladeck. 


Afghanistan at an Inflection Point

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:58:02 -0400

Afghanistan’s unity government has made progress on reform but remains dogged by endemic corruption and a resilient insurgency, says expert Christopher D. Kolenda.


China Vital to Countering a More Dangerous North Korea

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:25:33 -0400

North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons poses a great danger to Northeast Asia and the United States. Washington should pursue policies that will induce Beijing to exert more pressure on its neighbor, says retired Admiral Mike Mullen. 


Understanding the Roots of Conflict in South Sudan

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:45:22 -0400

South Sudan’s civil war is the result of a weakly institutionalized state and may require the African Union’s intervention to find peace and stability, says expert Alex de Waal.


Understanding the Battle for Aleppo

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:13:47 -0400

The battle for Aleppo has taken a staggering civilian toll and it is likely to escalate because both regime and opposition forces see the city as crucial to a political endgame, says expert Lina Khatib. 


Scotland After Brexit

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:22:42 -0400

As a result of the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom is likely to see another Scottish independence referendum in its future, says Chatham House’s Richard G. Whitman


Thailand's Democratic Erosion

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:35:22 -0400

The adoption of the junta-drafted constitution is the latest episode in the deterioration of Thailand's democratic system, writes CFR's Karen B. Brooks.


The Islamic State’s Bloody Summer

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:50:32 -0400

Despite facing territorial losses, the Islamic State shows no sign of relenting in its campaign to spread terror beyond Iraq and Syria, says journalist Rukmini Callimachi.


Is Rio Ready for the Olympic Games?

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:57:19 -0400

The Olympics will likely go smoothly, but spending and construction for the games will burden the city for years to come, says journalist Juliana Barbassa.


The Struggle Over Bangladesh's Future

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:06:22 -0400

The recent rise in Islamist violence in Bangladesh is caught up in a polarizing political debate over the country's identity, says CFR's Alyssa Ayres.


Turkey's Prospects After the Coup Attempt

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:32:00 -0400

Major tests lie ahead for Turkey's relations with the United States and European Union as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can be expected to consolidate power following a coup attempt, says expert Kemal Kirisci. 


Preserving a Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:28:56 -0400

A UN tribunal's ruling upholds the need for a rules-based order that counters China's efforts to turn the South China Sea region into a sphere of influence, says expert Andrew Erickson.


Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:46:03 -0400

Even as Iraqi special forces and Shia militias roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Baghdad has done little to address the underlying causes of Sunni militancy, says journalist Ned Parker. 


What Brexit Reveals About Rising Populism

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:55:58 -0400

The United Kingdom's vote to leave the EU demonstrates that rising populism in Europe and the United States are both driven by voters who feel alienated from the benefits of globalization, says CFR's Edward Alden.


Foiling the Next U.S. Mass Shooting

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:23:59 -0400

Stricter gun laws and new civil society programs are needed to prevent the next mass shooting in the United States, says expert Karen Greenberg.


Too Soon to Rekindle Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process?

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:33:01 -0400

Domestic pressures facing Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas mean France's bid to reboot Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will likely be a nonstarter, says CFR's Robert Danin. 


Humanitarian Summit Shines Spotlight on Turkey

Thu, 19 May 2016 11:32:16 -0400

Turkey was selected to host the World Humanitarian Summit in recognition of its generous foreign assistance and refugee policies, but it comes as the country pursues increasingly illiberal policies, says expert Kemal Kirişci.


Can Puerto Rico Escape Its Debt Crisis?

Tue, 10 May 2016 14:40:05 -0400

Puerto Rico's debt crisis has entered a new stage. Without congressional action and deeper reforms, the island could find itself unable to provide basic services, says CFR expert Brad Setser.


Why Sadr Is Returning to Iraq’s Limelight

Thu, 05 May 2016 16:42:13 -0400

Amid political paralysis in Baghdad, the populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is pressuring lawmakers to approve Prime Minister Abadi’s proposed reforms, says expert Mohamad Bazzi. 


What Lies Ahead for Ukraine?

Wed, 04 May 2016 10:56:56 -0400

The conflict in Ukraine’s east could remain unresolved indefinitely unless all sides pursue a different course toward a compromise, says expert Nikolas Gvosdev.


Rousseff's Impeachment: What's Next for Brazil?

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:13:50 -0400

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, if it moves forward, will not bring political stability but raise a new set of challenges, says CFR’s Matthew Taylor.


Global Climate Policy After Paris

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:08:48 -0400

As countries prepare to sign the landmark Paris climate accord, the work to reduce global carbon emissions is only beginning, says CFR's Michael Levi.


Panama Papers Shine Spotlight on Tax Havens

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:36:43 -0400

Leaked documents have revealed that international tax havens play a larger role than previously understood, and will likely raise pressure for more transparency in global finance, says CFR expert Edward Alden.


Is Calling ISIS ‘Genocidal’ Meaningful?

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:45:33 -0400

The U.S. declaration that the Islamic State has committed genocide must be followed by prosecutions to deter future abuses, says expert Naomi Kikoler.


Brussels Bombings Threaten European Unity

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:40:05 -0400

The twin bombings in Brussels have exposed the need for closer European security cooperation at the same time that anti-EU political forces are on the rise, says expert Ian Lesser.


Why the German-Turkish Migrant Plan Can Work

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:49:47 -0400

A proposed plan to resettle migrants in Turkey can help Europe better control its borders without jeopardizing refugee protection, says expert Gerald Knaus.


Why Iran’s Elections Matter

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:01:39 -0500

Despite heavy vetting of candidates, Iran’s elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts will offer insights into whether hardline or more moderate factions gain influence, says expert Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar.


Will Cease-Fire Agreement Bring Syrians Relief?

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:33:45 -0500

A cease-fire agreement in Syria may not be the turning point its international backers have claimed it is, says expert Noah Bonsey.


Affirming Women’s Rights After Cologne

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:48:50 -0500

The problem of sexual violence against women in Germany predates the migration crisis and requires a larger systemic response, says CFR's Rachel Vogelstein.