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Chinese Pharma: A Global Health Game Changer?

March 31, 2015 - 9:39am

China’s advancement in the pharmaceutical sector has major implications for global health but it remains constrained by governance and other factors, says CFR’s Yanzhong Huang.

Navigating the Iran Sanctions Thicket

March 27, 2015 - 9:33am

The prospect of sanctions relief as part of an Iran nuclear agreement has alarmed some in Congress, but they should see the value of a UN Security Council resolution affirming the deal, says CFR’s John B. Bellinger III.

Nigeria's High Stakes Elections

March 26, 2015 - 11:23am

Africa’s most populous country is holding tight elections amid a fierce insurgency and plummeting oil revenues. There are concerns that the vote could trigger a new round of instability, writes CFR’s John Campbell.

Lee's Lasting Legacy

March 23, 2015 - 1:42pm

Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew leaves behind a remarkable record of economic transformation, but the city-state faces a series of tests on the horizon, says CFR’s Karen Brooks.

A Bank Too Far?

March 17, 2015 - 11:39am

The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank seeks to address a critical infrastructure gap in the region, but it is also a challenge to the existing global economic order, says CFR's Robert Kahn.

What's Topping the Next Israeli PM's Inbox?

March 13, 2015 - 4:24pm

Israel's next governing coalition will lead a country that is prosperous and militarily strong but faces security, economic, and social challenges. Five experts weigh in on the country’s policy priorities.

What Are Economic Sanctions?

March 11, 2015 - 1:28pm

For many foreign policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges, from counterterrorism to conflict resolution, explains this Backgrounder.

Southern Asia's Nuclear Powers

March 6, 2015 - 1:59pm

China, India, and Pakistan have relatively small but growing nuclear arms programs. This nuclear competition is raising concern because of long-simmering tensions and a lack of efforts at minimizing the risk posed by these weapons.