The Council on Foreign Relations recently revamped its backgrounder portal, which offers useful insights on today’s most pressing international issues, including unrest in Iraq, tensions in the South China Sea, crisis in Ukraine, and Islamic fundamentalism in Nigeria. Given what is going on in the world today, here are three I find particularly relevant:
1. The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) backgrounder lays out the origins, leadership, funding, and influence of the organization that is wreaking havoc in Iraq.
2. The Ukraine backgrounder similarly offers insight on the underlying causes and factors of conflict, in addition to spelling out U.S. and European policy options to help stabilize the country.
I highly recommend these backgrounders for their concise overviews and recommendations, highlighting CFR’s work on contemporary global challenges.