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Uncertainty Among U.S. Allies in Northeast Asia

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:44

As tensions in Northeast Asia grow over Pyongyang’s nuclear pursuits, collective action is the only way to bring stability to the region, writes CFR’s Sheila A. Smith. 

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Understanding South Korea’s Tense Election

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:39

South Korea’s tumultuous political season culminates in a May 9 presidential election, with complicated ties with the United States looming and the favored candidate backing a softer stance toward North Korea, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder.

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Iran’s Presidential Test

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:19

Iran’s May 19 election will pit Ibrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the supreme leader, against the more centrist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, in a contest that may hinge on the perceived economic impact of the nuclear deal, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.

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South Africa’s Cabinet Reshuffle Reflects Leadership Crisis

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:12

President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has exposed growing fissures within the ruling African National Congress, writes CFR’s John Campbell.

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Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Are Here

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 16:17

New strains of antibiotic-resistant bugs have triggered an alarming rise in deaths from treatable illnesses worldwide. A global ban on growth-promoting antibiotics in livestock is a crucial starting point for combating this trend.

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Better a Stalemate Than Defeat in Afghanistan

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:20

Without a major surge in force levels, the best outcome that the United States can hope for in Afghanistan is that the Taliban will tire of fighting and pursue peace, writes CFR’s Max Boot.

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A Lethal Bird Flu Returns to China

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:48

A surge in deaths in China from a virulent form of influenza has set off a scramble among health officials to find infected bird stocks, while experts have yet to produce a viable vaccine, writes CFR’s Laurie Garrett.

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