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March 15, 2018

Russia
Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene

October 29, 2013

Europe and Eurasia
U.S. Spying Casts Shadow Over Atlantic Alliance

European outrage over NSA surveillance speaks to a larger disappointment with President Obama’s inability to strike a better balance between security and civil liberties, says CFR’s Charles Kupchan.

March 23, 2018

Russia
Russia’s Poisonous Message to the World

The circumstances surrounding the attack on a former Russian spy in England leave little doubt that Russia was the culprit and cast a lengthening shadow over the global regime to stop chemical weapon…

Henry Nicholls/Reuters

March 27, 2018

Russia
What’s Next for Russia’s Relations With the West?

The expulsion of Russian diplomats by more than twenty governments is a remarkable show of unity and a deepening of Moscow’s rift with the West.

Russian flag flies over Seattle consulate.

July 10, 2017

China
Why Beijing Fails to Fight Human Trafficking

Despite a verbal commitment to international standards, the Chinese government lacks the political will to take on trafficking and protect broader human rights.

Relatives of detained rights lawyers and activists protest in front of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, July 7, 2017.

April 28, 2016

Brazil
Rousseff’s Impeachment: What’s Next for Brazil?

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, if it moves forward, will not bring political stability but raise a new set of challenges, says CFR’s Matthew Taylor.

July 30, 2015

Iran Nuclear Agreement
How Will Iran Nuclear Inspections Work?

The UN’s nuclear agency has the tools to provide robust monitoring and verification to ensure Iran is moving to restrict its nuclear program but still faces stiff challenges, says expert Thomas Shea…

February 18, 2015

Argentina
A Mysterious Death Rocks Argentina

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

July 17, 2014

Germany
Will U.S.-Germany Relations Recover?

U.S.-Germany relations have plunged to new lows, but the alliance is far greater than the recent controversy over espionage, says expert Karen Donfried.

June 30, 2014

Global
Bretton Woods Lessons

The 1944 Bretton Woods conference ensured a leading role for Washington in the global financial system but also contributed to present-day problems that will be difficult to fix, says CFR’s Benn Stei…