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June 21, 2019

United States Presidential Election (2020)
Issue Guide: The First 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates

The Democratic field could touch on a number of foreign policy issues, from climate change to Iran, during its first prime-time sparring session.

Veteran holds U.S. flag as Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks on campaign trail.

June 18, 2019

Iran
The Strait of Hormuz: A U.S.-Iran Maritime Flash Point

The narrow and congested Mideast waterway has become a site of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions. Conflict in the wake of tanker attacks there could jolt global oil supplies.

Iranian sailors pass oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

Relations between the two countries, long bound by common interests in oil and security, have strained over what some analysts see as a more assertive Saudi foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh.

May 6, 2019

Defense and Security
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.

January 24, 2019

International Organizations
The G7 and the Future of Multilateralism

The Group of Seven serves as a forum for highly industrialized democracies to coordinate economic, security, and energy policy, but the Trump administration has provoked questions about the group’s c…

G7 leaders meet in Sicily

December 18, 2018

Global
Visualizing 2019: Trends to Watch

Five CFR experts highlight trends worth tracking in the year ahead.

Graphics Yearend

August 6, 2018

Iran
The Return of U.S. Sanctions on Iran: What to Know

The United States has reactivated sanctions against Iran that could trigger the collapse of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal.

Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

January 5, 2018

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and responding to domestic calls for reform? A look at the government's organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, is the second-longest-serving head of state in the Middle East.

January 1, 2006

Homeland Security
Targets for Terrorism: Nuclear Facilities

This publication is now archived. Could terrorists target U.S. nuclear power plants? Yes. In his January 2002 State of the Union speech, President Bush said that U.S. forces “found diagrams of …

January 12, 2016

North Korea
The Logic of North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

Despite North Korea’s defiance of international censure and sanctions, revived diplomacy is the best path to curb its nuclear program, says CFR’s Amy J. Nelson.