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Published: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:48:12 -0500

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Copyright: Copyright 2017 by the Council on Foreign Relations. All Rights Reserved.

The Role of the UN Secretary-General

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The UN’s top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda but its impact has varied widely among office holders since 1946.


Renewed Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:48:16 -0500

The likelihood that Armenians and Azerbaijanis will clash over Nagorno-Karabakh in the next twelve months is high. This contingency planning memorandum details how the United States can prevent renewed conflict over the disputed region.


Germany and the Future of Europe

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:00:08 -0500

Mary Elise Sarotte discusses the role of German leadership in Europe and the world.


Media Files:

The Rules of the Brave New Cyberworld

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:42:02 -0500

A chaotic, dangerous, cyber-enabled landscape is on the horizon. Can Trump—and the United States—define the rules and harness the power to build and contain it?


World Order 2.0

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:03:29 -0500

There is growing tension between President Trump’s America First doctrine and building order in an interconnected world, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Why The World Needs To Police The Growing Anarchy Of Cyberspace

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:11:05 -0500

Cyberspace is a largely ungoverned domain with a growing threat of disruptive acts. In the absence of a cyber regulatory regime, the United States must strengthen deterrence and bolster its resilience, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Regional Challenges to Global Governance

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:48:03 -0500

In a special section of Global Policy edited by Miles Kahler, five authors examine the opportunities and risks presented by regional institutions across five issue areas: finance, trade, development lending, human rights, and peace operations.


The Korean Pivot: Seoul’s Strategic Choices and Rising Rivalries in Northeast Asia

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:23:26 -0500

As U.S.-China tensions intensify and as the North Korean threat grows, the importance of the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) as a pivot state in East Asia and as a valuable ally for the United States has become clearer than ever.


World Order 2.0

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:24:22 -0500

There is growing tension between President Trump’s America First doctrine and building order in an interconnected world, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Britain’s Shocking Calm

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:10:05 -0500

Britons have taken a leap into the unknown. So why aren’t they scared?


A Conversation With the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:47:26 -0500

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw discusses his tenure as deputy supreme allied commander Europe and provides his perspective on the strategic threats facing NATO.


Bolstering the UN Human Rights Council’s Effectiveness

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:27:44 -0500

U.S. leadership in the UNHRC can advance U.S. interests and lessen anti-Israel bias while supporting measures to avert and de-escalate human rights crises.


Future of U.S. Relationship with UN in Doubt

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:15:47 -0500

In his op-ed, Stewart Patrick analyzes prospects for U.S.-UN relations under President-Elect Trump and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who will both assume office in January 2017.


The United States Just Made Middle East Peace Harder

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:01:52 -0500

Last week the Obama administration abandoned Israel at the United Nations, allowing the passage of a damaging and hostile Security Council resolution. In an op-ed entitled “The United States Just Made Middle East Peace Harder” in The Washington Post, Elliott Abrams explained his views.


The West’s Post-Cold War Strategies Worked

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:11:47 -0500

This was a serious strategy pursued energetically by leaders of both the United States and Russia. For many years it seemed to work. That it has lately yielded to acrimony and division does not mean there was a better choice, argues Stephen Sestanovich. 


'Responsibility to Protect?' Empty Words After Aleppo

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:54:12 -0500

"The duty to prevent and halt genocide and mass atrocities lies first and foremost with the State, but the international community has a role that cannot be blocked by the invocation of sovereignty."

The United Nations said that in 2005 about its "responsibility to protect." It's the concept that "if a State is manifestly failing to protect its populations, the international community must be prepared to take collective action to protect populations."

And here is what UN officials said this week when describing what is happening in Syria: "A complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo."


Complex Governance and the New Interdependence Approach (NIA)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:44:55 -0500

Miles Kahler introduces the New Interdependence Approach (NIA) as a framework for understanding new modes of cross-border complex governance.


A Conversation With Ban Ki-moon

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:04:26 -0500

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses the role of the United Nations in a changing global landscape.


Media Files:

My Lloyd Cutler Rule of Law Lecture: "Law and the Use of Force: Challenges for the Next President"

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:49:19 -0500

CFR’s John Bellinger publishes excerpts of his Sixth Annual Lloyd Cutler Lecture on Rule of Law at the Supreme Court, regarding presidential use of force and the bounds of domestic and international law.


Want America First? Try Free Trade

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:06:21 -0500

The best way to advance the interests of American workers and consumers is to negotiate better and stronger international agreements, argue CFR's Thomas J. Bollyky and Edward Alden. 


Should China’s Neighbors Rely on the U.S. for Protection?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:09:31 -0500

"President-elect Trump will find out very quickly that our allies are less a liability and more the very strategic asset the U.S. needs," writes Sheila A. Smith, CFR senior fellow for Japan studies. 


America Should Act Now to Preserve Its Influence at the United Nations

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:32:23 -0500

As America and the United Nations face political transitions, the U.S. should not waste an opportunity to preserve its international interests, writes Elliott Abrams. 


The Brexit Breakup: Negotiating the Separation

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:55:05 -0500

Experts discuss the upcoming Brexit negotiations, the various settlement options, and the future relationship between Great Britain and the European Union.


Post-Election, Will the U.S. Have an Asia Policy?

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:01:16 -0400

Among many challenges revealed during the 2016 presidential election to the Obama adminisration’s rebalance to Asia, Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, notes “it is the United States’ own commitment to the region that seems the most fragile.”


Domestic Sources of Transnational Climate Governance

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:39:28 -0400

Miles Kahler analyzes the complex interrelationship between state and non-state actors with regard to transnational climate governance. 


The Authoritarian Internet Power Grab

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:12:09 -0400

Gordon M. Goldstein and Robert M. McDowell address the stakes of the increasingly contentious struggle over who controls the future of the internet.


Duterte’s Flip-Flop Into Bed With China Is a Disaster for the United States

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:55:48 -0400

With the Philippine president ditching Washington for Beijing, the contest to control the South China Sea just got a lot more complicated.


The Crisis in U.S.-Israeli Relations

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:12:31 -0400

In a review essay in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon asks whether the United States and Israel are drifting apart and assesses proposals to keep them together.


Beijing and Taipei Should End Their Tug of War Over Repatriation of Criminal Suspects

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:24:29 -0400

In this op-ed Jerry Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen argue that both governments would benefit if China ceased a new policy of having Taiwanese criminals from third countries deported to China instead of Taiwan.


Global Order and the New Regionalism

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:03:16 -0400

Five authors examine the opportunities and risks presented by regional institutions across five issue areas: finance, trade, development lending, human rights, and peace operations.