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

October 15, 2014 - 11:14am

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.

A Pivotal Moment for U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

October 13, 2014 - 11:50am

The Obama administration's review of its nuclear spending will shape the country's arsenal for decades to come and could be the president's final chance to influence arms control, writes CFR's Adam Mount.

Can Iran and the United States Make a Meaningful Deal?

October 9, 2014 - 10:42am

Another extension to the Iranian nuclear talks could be worked out in November but Iran's desire to have a large-scale uranium enrichment program remains a major obstacle, says expert Gary Samore.

World Health Organization

October 7, 2014 - 2:02pm

The World Health Organization has to overcome serious budget and leadership challenges to face future public health crises, explains this CFR Backgrounder.

Is It Too Late For Libya?

October 3, 2014 - 11:00am

Post-Qaddafi Libya is riven along regional, economic, and religious lines, and may descend into civil war despite a recent flurry of international diplomacy, says journalist Mary Fitzgerald.

U.S. Energy Exports

October 2, 2014 - 11:28am

Calls for lifting U.S. controlling on energy exports are mounting as production nears a forty-five-year high. This backgrounder examines the debate.

Amid Global Disorder, North America Should Tighten Bonds

October 1, 2014 - 11:05am

It is time for the United States, Canada, and Mexico to take integration to the next level, coordinating more closely on energy, security, and trade policy, says Robert Zoellick, co-chair of a new CFR Independent Task Force Report.

Iraq's Role in the Long War Against ISIS

September 25, 2014 - 11:46am

With air strikes now underway in two countries, Washington must pursue a sustained campaign against ISIS militants, with initial emphasis on routing them in Iraq, says expert Ryan Crocker.