How Deforestation Leads to Climate Change
The Amazon is a massive carbon sink but it now soaks up only half the CO2 it did 20 years ago.
How to Confront ISIS
The next president will face tough decisions that include whether to commit significant ground forces, how much to support the Kurds, and what to do about Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
Trade and the U.S. Presidential Election
The next president’s trade policy will affect millions of Americans, the U.S. economy and global strategic interests.
Can the U.S. and China Avoid Conflict?
How will the next president deal with a rising China on Asia-Pacific security, trade, and cybersecurity?
What’s Next for Immigration?
Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Washington for years while the fates of the estimated eleven million undocumented immigrants lie in the balance.
The Eastern Congo
Why does the deadliest conflict since World War II continues to defy efforts at pacification?
Ending Child Marriage
Child marriage not only violates human rights laws but also threatens stability and economic development around the world.
The Sunni-Shia Divide
An ancient religious divide is helping fuel a resurgence of conflicts in the Middle East and Muslim countries.
The Emerging Arctic
Arctic sea ice is melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping, and possibly new sources for conflict.
As the international combat mission in Afghanistan closes, the Taliban threatens to destabilize the region, harbor terrorist groups, and set back human rights and economic development.
Egypt’s Democratic Quest
Egypt’s 2011 revolution marked the latest chapter in Egyptians’ longtime struggle for greater democratic freedoms.
Mexico’s Drug War
Mexico’s security crisis rages on, with fifty thousand people killed in the past five years due to drug and organized crime-related violence.
China’s Maritime Disputes
Territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas fuel concerns over armed conflict, and call into question Washington’s security commitments in the region.
Crisis Guide: Iran
Iran’s ambitions as a regional power and links to terrorist groups pose stiff challenges to its neighbors and the world.
Outbreaks of easily preventable diseases remain frequent and widespread, presenting a major global health challenge.
Crisis Guide: Pakistan
Beset by devastating floods, increased terror attacks, and political instability, Pakistan’s precarious state is a matter of global concern.