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Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change

March 6, 2023

Climate change has risen to the top of the global health agenda, threatening individuals and populations through multiple exposure pathways, across a full spectrum of physical and mental health conditions and social determinants of health. Millions of people will potentially be displaced due to climate change, undermining social stability in multiple dimensions. Climatic stressors also pose serious consequences for youth development and future generations. The past eight years have been the hottest on record, and the negative impacts of climate change on health are projected to rise as temperatures continue to increase. Despite increasing evidence, risk management and climate mitigation strategies are not yet commensurate with the urgency of the problem, and the fields of climate change and global health security remain distinct.

U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

June 10, 2022

The United States is witnessing another year of record gun violence, raising domestic and international scrutiny of its comparatively loose gun laws and placing pressure on lawmakers to enact meaningful reforms.

Global Conflict Tracker: Ukraine

March 4, 2022

The Council on Foreign Relations Global Conflict Tracker provides regularly updated information on conflicts around the world. The information on the conflict in Ukraine includes data, background, and links to additional resources.

How Bad Is Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis?

March 3, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has created the largest humanitarian crisis Europe has seen in decades. With hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from the escalating conflict, neighboring countries and international organizations are mobilizing to condemn Russia's war and provide relief for the growing number of refugees. 

The Taliban

January 28, 2015

According to this new interactive guide, "as the international combat mission in Afghanistan closes, the Taliban threatens to destabilize the region, harbor terrorist groups with global ambitions, and set back human rights and economic development in the areas where it prevails." The infoguide includes an overview video featuring leading experts, a timeline tracing the Taliban's evolution, infographics, an interactive map, and teaching tips for educators.

The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low-and Middle-Icome Countries

December 4, 2014

The report begins by examining NCDs (noncommunicable diseases) in developing countries and the factors driving their increasing prevalence. The analysis reveals that NCDs are rising faster, affecting younger populations, and having worse health and economic outcomes than seen in developed countries. This growing epidemic, the report says, is not merely the unfortunate byproduct of higher incomes and declining infectious disease rates. The report credits the confluence of several dramatic trends for driving the increase in NCDs: unprecedented rates of urbanization, global integration of consumer markets, and advances in longevity in still-poor countries that lack sufficient health systems to adjust. The report also assesses the case for increased U.S. focus on NCDs. That assessment includes an examination of the countries that receive significant U.S. health assistance and finds that premature burden of death and disability in many of these countries is heavily NCD-related. The Task Force concludes that deeper U.S. involvement on NCDs is needed to ensure the continued effectiveness and credibility of U.S. global health programs in these countries, to advance U.S. trade with emerging economies, and to build institutional capacity in states of U.S. strategic concern.

Deterrence Misapplied: Challenges in Containing a Nuclear Iran

May 31, 2010

Argues against relying on deterrence against a nuclear Iran by analyzing problems with the disproportionate focus on Iran's current leadership in debates over deterrence strategies and considering the implications of various doctrines of deterrence.

Deterring a Nuclear Iran: The Devil in the Details

May 31, 2010

Explores the technical requirements for a deterrence regime against Iran should it acquire a nuclear weapons capability. Considers red lines, treaty arrangements, force deployment and bases, military assistance to Iran's neighbors, and crisis management.

Divided They Dally? The Arab World and a Nuclear Iran

May 31, 2010

Explores how the Arab states -- Gulf States, non-Gulf States, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria -- might react to a nuclear Iran. Considers possible changes to inter-Arab relations and the United States' role in working with Arab states to contain Iran.

A Nuclear-Armed Iran: Possible Security and Diplomatic Implications

May 31, 2010

Analyzes how Iran's neighbors might react to a nuclear Iran: self-help in enhancing their own defenses; bandwagoning by accommodating Iran's preferences; and balancing by moving closer to the United States or forming a collective security arrangement.