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How to Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Program

November 21, 2014 - 12:32pm

Any comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear program would require intrusive international inspections. Expert Christopher Bidwell surveys the technical and political challenges.

Wary Nuclear Vigil for Iran’s Neighbors

November 21, 2014 - 12:08pm

Though a full deal with Iran appears remote, U.S. allies in the Middle East remain concerned about a continuation of negotiations that could lead to a nuclear-powered Iran, says expert Suzanne Maloney.

Ukraine Needs U.S. Arms to Play Defense

November 14, 2014 - 12:00pm

Outmatched by the Russian military, Ukrainian forces require more support from the Pentagon, including defensive weapons, says expert Steven Pifer.

The Russian Military

November 10, 2014 - 4:04pm

Military power has reemerged as an important component of Russian foreign policy, which some believe aims to reestablish Russian hegemony in the region, explains this Backgrounder.

Tensions and Stalemate in Israel

November 5, 2014 - 11:33am

Amid inflamed rhetoric in Jerusalem and strained ties with Washington, Israeli and Palestinian leaders must find ways to avoid an escalation of tensions, says CFR's Robert Danin.

Foreign Policy and a New Congress

October 31, 2014 - 10:30am

U.S. midterm elections occur amid deep political divisions in Congress that are blocking policy reforms. CFR's James M. Lindsay examines the foreign policy choices facing lawmakers.

Is China Committed to Rule of Law?

October 29, 2014 - 9:36am

China's leaders have made a renewed call for rule of law reforms, but it is important to stress the ruling Communist Party remains above the law, says CFR's Elizabeth C. Economy.