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After the Thaw: What's Next in U.S.-Cuba Relations?

December 19, 2014 - 1:00pm

The opening of U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba will bring real change to the island and raise Washington’s stature in the region, says CFR’s Julia Sweig.

After the Thaw: What's Next in U.S.-Cuban Relations?

December 19, 2014 - 1:00pm

The opening of U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba will bring real change to the island and raise Washington’s stature in the region, says CFR’s Julia Sweig.

UN Shouldn't Force Israel's Hand

December 19, 2014 - 12:28pm

A UN Security Council vote pushing Israel to leave the Palestinian territories by 2017 would likely undermine the peace process, says expert David Makovsky.  

How Disruptive Is Russia’s Ruble Dive?

December 17, 2014 - 1:15pm

Russia’s options for combatting the plunge of the ruble are dwindling, but government intervention is likely to intensify in efforts to avert a full-blown crisis, says CFR’s Robert Kahn.

Abe's Stronger Mandate

December 17, 2014 - 11:12am

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a fresh electoral mandate to implement structural reforms but many of his intended changes will require the transformation of Japanese society, says CFR's Sheila Smith.

Behind Pakistan’s Taliban War

December 17, 2014 - 10:30am

Military forces have degraded the Pakistani Taliban's insurgency, but the Peshawar school attack demonstrates the limits of government control and lethality of rebel forces, says CFR's Daniel Markey.

What Is the Impact of the CIA Report?

December 12, 2014 - 1:24pm

A Senate review of the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation practices has rekindled the debate over U.S. counterterrorism. Karen Greenberg, Jack Devine, and Magnus Ranstorp weigh in on the findings.

Can Nigeria Endure Falling Oil Prices?

December 11, 2014 - 11:12am

Nigeria’s heavy dependence on oil revenues puts it in a risky position economically and politically, raising new concerns about instability in Africa’s most populous country, writes CFR’s John Campbell.

Where Is Putin Leading Russia?

December 10, 2014 - 10:50am

President Vladimir Putin has failed to deliver a coherent response to Russia’s economic challenges while continuing to feed concerns about his intentions in Ukraine, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

Is the U.S.-Egypt Special Relationship Over?

December 8, 2014 - 3:51pm

The United States and Egypt are unlikely to rebuild the strategic partnership they had decades ago, even though some in both countries favor a rapprochement, says CFR's Steven Cook. 

A Rising Global Health Threat

December 4, 2014 - 1:21pm

The biggest threats to global health are not pandemics, but rather, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases, says CFR's Thomas J. Bollyky.

Democracy in Hong Kong

December 3, 2014 - 11:06am

Hong Kong has certain political and economic freedoms based on China's "one country, two systems." This Backgrounder explores the Hong Kong-mainland relationship and the city's political evolution.

The Downside of Securitizing the Ebola Virus

November 25, 2014 - 11:14am

Fear and overreaction to the Ebola outbreak threaten to undermine effective responses to the pandemic, writes CFR’s Yanzhong Huang.