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Will Greece Trigger a European Crisis?

January 28, 2015 - 11:15am

Greece’s new political leadership is set to challenge the German-led austerity policies in Europe, which could spur the rise of more anti-establishment movements across the continent, says political risk analyst Ian Bremmer.

Debate Simmers over Digital Privacy

January 28, 2015 - 10:39am

How should technology firms balance the privacy demands of customers with the security concerns of government? Three experts weigh in.

Smooth Saudi Succession Amid Rough Times

January 23, 2015 - 3:35pm

King Abdullah’s succession plan for Saudi Arabia’s aging leadership may be his most important legacy at a time of multiple crises in the Middle East, says expert Rachel Bronson.

What a Syriza Victory Would Mean for Europe

January 23, 2015 - 1:27pm

This weekend's snap election in Greece could determine the direction of the country's future, as well as shift the economic course for the rest of the eurozone, says expert Eleni Panagiotarea.

The President's Missed Opportunity

January 21, 2015 - 2:32pm

President Obama missed a chance in his annual address to make a case for bipartisan initiatives and failed to present a convincing defense of his foreign policy, says CFR President Richard N. Haass.

Issue Guide: 2015 State of the Union Address

January 16, 2015 - 11:52am

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

Will Journalism Suffer After the Paris Attack?

January 12, 2015 - 3:15pm

The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo could have a chilling effect on the coverage of Islam in certain countries, says expert Karin Karlekar.

Haiti's Reconstruction Struggles

January 12, 2015 - 11:12am

Five years after a devastating earthquake, Haiti remains plagued by a weak political system and flawed reconstruction process, says former correspondent Jonathan M. Katz.