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The Tobacco Treaty Turns Ten

February 27, 2015 - 12:15pm

The WHO’s tobacco treaty in 2005 was hailed as a crucial tool for controlling one of the world’s most lethal substances and as a model for confronting other global health problems. Ten years later it is  a qualified success,  write CFR’s Thomas J. Bollyky and David P. Fidler.

Who Are Yemen's Houthis?

February 25, 2015 - 11:26am

The Houthi movement’s rapid ascent has created opportunities for al-Qaeda to expand and intensified the Saudi-Iranian rivalry, adding a sectarian dimension to Yemen’s turbulence, says expert April Longley Alley.

A Mysterious Death Rocks Argentina

February 19, 2015 - 3:29pm

The death of an Argentine prosecutor reveals deeper problems in the country's political system, says expert Sergio Berensztein.

Japan's Hard Power Play

February 16, 2015 - 2:27pm

While the ISIS executions of two Japanese hostages have reinvigorated a public debate about the country’s postwar pacifism, recent moves by Tokyo to revise its counterterrorism policies should be viewed in the context of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s larger military ambitions, says expert Michael Auslin.

Global Efforts to Eradicate Polio

February 12, 2015 - 2:14pm

Though polio had nearly been eradicated, the virus is on the rise amid an increase in violence against vaccine workers in conflict zones. This Backgrounder examines the challenges to eradicating the disease.

The Year of the Flu

February 4, 2015 - 10:39am

Health experts are already calling 2015 one of the most complicated ever for influenza outbreaks, and the prevalence of lethal strains normally found in birds is especially troubling, writes CFR’s Laurie Garrett.