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The country Nelson Mandela leaves behind remains racially divided with deep economic problems. But South Africa has also emerged as a robust democracy, writes CFR's John Campbell.
Continuing demonstrations in Ukraine after the failure of a "no confidence" vote in Parliament suggest fierce opposition to closer ties with Moscow, says CFR's Stephen Sestanovich.
The U.S.-Japan alliance has been the cornerstone of Washington's security policy in East Asia, but rising threats from China, North Korea, and economic recovery in both countries have raised questions about the future of the rapport.
A profile of the Muslim separatist group based in the Xinjiang province in northwest China.
U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA's role may transition amid a new set of national priorities and constraints, explains this Backgrounder.
Ukraine tacked toward Russia ahead of the EU summit but the geopolitical contest for all three sides will likely intensify, says expert Jan Techau.
The interim Iran nuclear agreement buys some crucial time for deeper talks but significant divisions remain over the future scale of the country's program, says expert David Albright.
Does the Iran nuclear deal mark the beginning of the end of this prolonged crisis? This CFR issue guide reviews the debate.
Civil unrest and public anger about the slow pace of change could destabilize Myanmar and the region just as the country is opening up politically, writes CFR's Joshua Kurlantzick.
Tensions between the United States and Israel over Iran negotiations have jeopardized peace talks with Palestinians and left Israel vowing to go it alone on security if necessary, says expert Gerald M. Steinberg.
Pakistan has emerged as a sanctuary for some of the world's most violent groups, including al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and homegrown militants, that threaten the stability of Pakistan as well as the region.
With the Doha round stalled, regional talks offer the best channel for advancing trade liberalization and contributing to world economic growth, write Jaime Zabludovsky Kuper and Sergio Gómez Lora.
China's Third Plenum failed to clarify how the country's new leadership will advance economic reforms in the years ahead, says CFR's Elizabeth Economy.
Projected capital outflows are placing pressure on the currencies of some of the world most dynamic emerging markets. This Backgrounder explains what to expect from a new currency crisis.