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The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:05:25 -0400

Trump dominated the election-year debate by proposing a more hopped-up version of foreign-policy activism than the usual advocates of activism, and a fuller kind of disengagement than those who wanted to scale down. The combination—radicalism at both ends of the spectrum—seemed the essence of his appeal. For Trump, American policy was supposed to serve only American interests. Best of all, Trump suggested, his entire approach would be free. Yes, we could be “great again”—and on the cheap. Such a blend of much more and much less could easily have seemed incoherent, or crazy. But the two halves of Trump’s formula worked together better than critics appreciated.


France's Presidential Election

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:30:36 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Philip Gordon examine the outcome of the first round of France's presidential election.


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The World’s Hotspots

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:39:53 -0400

Experts discuss the most important flashpoints in international affairs for the current administration.


The Changing Role of Media

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:34:10 -0400

Experts discuss the changing role of the media within this administration and beyond and how the media should proceed to cover the Trump presidency. 


Keynote: 2017 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:33:36 -0400

Following a welcome message by James Lindsay, Calvin Sims, in conversation with Mira Patel, launch the 2017 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs with a keynote address about leadership, mentorship, and diversity in international affairs.


How To Restore Free Speech on Campus

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:16:42 -0400

Elliott Abrams reflects on free speech and his recent visit to University of California, Berkeley.


France's Stage Is Set for Final Vote With Consequences for the World

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:16:28 -0400

Writing in the Nikkei Asian Review, Philip Gordon sees the upcoming French election as a referendum on globalization, with implications for the world. 


The Need to Change Palestinian Political Culture

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:56:46 -0400

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Washington soon and will call for a renewed commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state. But both opinion polls, and actions by the Palestinian Authority glorifying terrorism and terrorists, suggest that Palestinian political culture is oriented to violence and revanchism, not to peace. Elliott Abrams argues that a change in Palestinian political culture is a necessary precondition for real peace.


U.S. Entry Into World War I: Lessons One Hundred Years Later

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:45:15 -0400

One hundred years ago this month, the United States declared war on Germany and thereby entered World War I. Experts discuss why the United States entered "the Great War," the consequences it had for American society and foreign policy, and what lessons it holds for Americans going forward.


Prioritizing Water on the Global Agenda

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:43:50 -0400

Angel Gurría provides his perspective on the crucial need to deliver on present and future water challenges around the world, and advocates for water as a driver of sustainable growth and development.


A Conversation With Arun Jaitley

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:42:08 -0400

Arun Jaitley discusses the status of India’s economy, its relationship with the United States, and its place in the world economy.


Europe Is at the Core of France’s Foreign Policy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

It remains difficult to predict who will be the eventual winner of France’s upcoming presidential elections, but two of the four candidates that could emerge victorious support policies far outside the traditional French and European consensus. Their extreme positions may lead to the end of French membership in both the EU and the NATO, and consequently unravel the postwar effort to bind the European continent. 


The World Next Week: April 20, 2017

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:12:04 -0400

France holds presidential elections, Manila hosts an ASEAN summit, and Brussels stages a special EU summit to discuss Brexit.


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I Will March for Science on Saturday — So Should You

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:37:02 -0400

Laurie Garrett argues that President Trump’s cuts to pure science and vital agencies risk generational damage to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.


A Taiwanese Man’s Detention in Guangdong Threatens a Key Pillar of Cross-Straits Relations

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:08:33 -0400

In this article Jerome Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen examine the case of Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese human rights activist who was detained in China, and the risks his detention poses for cross-strait relations. 


Governing Cyberspace

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:00:30 -0400

Adam Segal discusses the increasingly contentious geopolitics of cyberspace and cybersecurity policies.


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Don’t Abdicate America’s Leadership Role at the IMF

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:29:51 -0400

During his campaign, Donald Trump persuaded voters that he would look after “America First.” It would be hard to find an institution that plays a greater role in supporting the economic and strategic interests of the United States than does the IMF. Therefore, it would be in the United States’ and the world’s interests if Secretary Mnuchin were to deliver a strong and clear statement of support for the IMF from its biggest beneficiary.


Trump's Making a Big Strategic Mistake on Human Rights

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:09:27 -0400

It’s one thing to hold your nose and work with Erdogan despite his human-rights abuses. It’s another thing to actually praise him for destroying Turkish democracy.


Jakarta Election Signals Erosion of Religious Tolerance

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:26:15 -0400

The rise of hard-line identity politics at the center of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election raises questions about Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance, says CFR’s Karen Brooks.


Can India Save the Warming Planet?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:35:48 -0400

With its population and living standards rising quickly, India is a wild-card country that could prevent the world from limiting global warming to sought-for levels—or it could help make the difference in a better future. For the country to make a low-carbon transition, technical and financial support from other nations will be crucial, writes Varun Sivaram. 


The Turkish Referendum

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:19:39 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Steven Cook examine the consequences of the Turkish referendum on U.S. foreign policy.


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How Trump's Foreign Policy Team Is Mastering Complex Challenges in Difficult Times

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:56:38 -0400

Thus far, President Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy resembles a traditionally realist Republican one that focuses on balance-of-power politics, dealing with other great powers on equal footing, and building coalitions for specific tasks, writes Ray Takeyh. In time, he may also recognize the importance of a robust human rights and democracy promotion policy.


Is Trump’s Axis of Adults Beating Down the Cabal of Crazies?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:41:05 -0400

Approaching his 100-day mark with little to show for it but a new Supreme Court justice, Donald Trump is shedding his past positions faster than a stock trader getting rid of underperforming stocks.


France’s Turmoil Makes Brexit Seem Tame

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:37:34 -0400

As Theresa May calls for surprise elections in the UK, Sebastian Mallaby reminds his reader to keep an eye on France, where upcoming presidential elections spell trouble.


Stop Supporting Palestinian Terror

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:56:15 -0400

Should Congress cut aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ceases payments to terrorists and their families? In the new issue of National Review magazine, Elliott Abrams argues that Congress should pass the Taylor Force Act, cut the aid, and try to force a change in Palestinian political culture.


Behavioral Insights Into Policymaking

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:59:54 -0400

Experts discuss behavioral insights into policymaking.


A Conversation With Benoît Cœuré

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:55:14 -0400

Benoît Cœuré discusses his position on the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, the effectiveness of the bank’s Asset Purchase Program, and the impact on international capital flows.


RIP Turkey, 1921 - 2017

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:04:58 -0400

The Turkish public seems to have given President Erdogan and his party license to reorganize the state and, in the process, raze the values on which it was built, writes CFR's Steven A. Cook.


A Conversation With Daniel Kahneman

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:48:34 -0400

Daniel Kahneman discusses insights from behavioral economics.


Sound and Fury

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:49:20 -0400

The dropping of the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan shouldn’t be cause for unseemly celebration; instead it should be taken as a sign that the war in Afghanistan isn't going well.