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  • CFR Events Archive

    Access CFR's high-level on-the-record discussions—with world leaders, U.S. government officials, CEOs, policy analysts, and others—through select videos, audio recordings, and unedited transcripts at the following links:

    Foreign Affairs Student
    Writing Contest

    FA Horse

    What is likely to be the most interesting development in international politics over the next decade? All undergraduates are invited to respond in the inaugural Foreign Affairs essay contest.

    New Books

    Paradise Beneath Her Feet cover In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Isobel Coleman shows how Muslim women and men are fighting back with progressive interpretations of Islam to support women's rights in a growing movement of Islamic feminism.

    How Enemies Become Friends cover In this compelling book, Charles A. Kupchan explores how adversaries can transform enmity into amity, and exposes prevalent myths about the causes of peace.

    Start-Up Nation cover With the insights of geopolitical experts and investors, the authors examine Israel's adversity-driven culture to offer prescriptions for a global economy on the rebound.

    Complete list of CFR Books

    New Council Special Reports


    Somalia: A New Approach

    Somalia CSR cover imageBronwyn E. Bruton takes on one of today's most vexing foreign policy challenges, offering concise analysis and thoughtful recommendations grounded in a realistic assessment of U.S. and international interests and capabilities in Somalia.

    The Future of NATO

    The Future of NATO cover imageJames M. Goldgeier takes a sober look at what NATO and its members must do to maintain the alliance's relevance in the face of today's strategic environment.

    Complete list of Council Special Reports

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    New Independent Task Force Reports


    U.S. Immigration Policy

    U.S. Immigration Policy coverThe report of this bipartisan Task Force makes the case that maintaining America's political and economic leadership depends on attracting talented and hard-working immigrants, and on securing the country's borders in a smart, effective, and humane way.

    U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

    U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy coverThis report makes recommendations on how to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. deterrent nuclear force, prevent nuclear terrorism, and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

    About Independent Task Forces at CFR

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