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Amid Global Disorder, North America Should Tighten Bonds

October 1, 2014 - 11:05am

It is time for the United States, Canada, and Mexico to take integration to the next level, coordinating more closely on energy, security, and trade policy, says Robert Zoellick, co-chair of a new CFR Independent Task Force Report.

Iraq's Role in the Long War Against ISIS

September 25, 2014 - 11:46am

With air strikes now underway in two countries, Washington must pursue a sustained campaign against ISIS militants, with initial emphasis on routing them in Iraq, says expert Ryan Crocker.

Can Summit Spur Climate Policy Changes?

September 19, 2014 - 1:51pm

While the UN climate summit will not deliver binding commitments to cut carbon emissions, real action on climate policy is occurring on the domestic front, says CFR's Michael Levi.

Epic Failures Feeding Ebola Crisis

September 18, 2014 - 12:38pm

West Africa's Ebola outbreak is outpacing current efforts to contain and combat it, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.

Clock Ticking on Iran Nuclear Deal

September 17, 2014 - 12:15pm

Without diplomatic progress over the next several weeks, world powers and Iran may squander their best opportunity for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, says expert Daryl G. Kimball.

A Divided Kingdom

September 15, 2014 - 3:40pm

The United Kingdom will be irrevocably changed as a result of this week's independence referendum, whichever way Scotland votes, says expert Richard Whitman.

Pakistani Military Cool Amid Political Crisis

September 12, 2014 - 10:53am

In staying on the sidelines, the Pakistani army may be the only party to emerge from the weeks-long political crisis unscathed, says CFR's Daniel S. Markey.

Confronting ISIS Requires a Bigger Plan

September 11, 2014 - 10:16am

The Obama administration's plan for expanding its military campaign against ISIS, however worthy, raises questions about how the militants can be defeated on the ground, says CFR's President Richard N. Haass.

A Presidential Protest Vote in Brazil?

September 10, 2014 - 1:15pm

With the economy in recession, public infrastructure projects lagging, and last year's protests still resonating, the public mood in Brazil is far less optimistic than when Dilma Rousseff rose to the presidency in 2010.

New Terror Threats Require New Law

September 9, 2014 - 11:52am

The 2001 law that authorized the U.S. war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates is not an appropriate justification for the offensive against ISIS and other emerging terrorist groups, says CFR's John Bellinger.

Russia Wants 'Hot Peace,' Not War

September 5, 2014 - 11:17am

NATO powers should prepare less for overt Russian aggression in eastern Europe, and more for indirect, subversive activities like cyber-attacks, says expert Mark Galeotti.