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Solar Power and Clean Energy Innovation

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:49:17 -0500

Experts discuss innovations in solar technology, investment opportunities in the renewable energy industry, and the effects of solar power innovation on the U.S. energy portfolio.


World Economic Update

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:46:41 -0500

Experts discuss trends in the global economy.


The World Next Week: January 19, 2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:01:26 -0500

Syrian peace talks are held in Kazakhstan, the Trump administration takes office, and the African Union holds a summit in Ethiopia.


Media Files:

Why Is Iran Imprisoning Iranian-Americans?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:20:44 -0500

What is behind Iran's latest seizures of expatriates visiting from the United States? An insecure regime fearful of close ties with the West, writes CFR's Ray Takeyh.


Refreshing Global Trade Governance

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

For the past two years, global trade volumes have plateaued. But the importance of trade as an engine for global prosperity and welfare, and as the embodiment of an integrated, peaceful world has not diminished. In the face of changed circumstances—growing public skepticism of globalization and free trade, and volatile domestic politics—the case for open exchange must be made and not simply assumed. It should also be backed by credible, workable arrangements that reflect reality.


Don't Make Any Sudden Moves, Mr. Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:29:10 -0500

The incoming Trump administration inherits a daunting global situation. But rushing to reverse longstanding U.S. policies could generate new challenges and make existing ones harder to resolve, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


The National Security Hole at the Heart of the Trump Transition

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:20:13 -0500

Thousands of key policymakers — from State to the Department of Defense — still need to be appointed to new positions. But nothing’s happening. Days before Trump steps into office, he has failed to announce enough capable replacements for the 4,000 political appointments that any president must make.



Trump Says Europe Is in Trouble. He Has a Point.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:15:45 -0500

Germany’s foreign minister reports “astonishment and agitation.” The French president protests indignantly about unsolicited “outside advice .” Even Secretary of State John F. Kerry sees behavior that is “inappropriate.” President-elect Donald Trump’s weekend interview, in which he casually predicted the breakup of the European Union, has certainly attracted attention.


The Roots of Trump's Trade Rage

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:05:46 -0500

The Davos set ignored the warning signs for years. Now, global elites are rightly worried about what comes next.


The Sea Where The Sun Rises

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:11:12 -0500

"For much of Japan’s modern history, the sea has protected the Japanese from their neighbors,” yet today they are alarmed by the increasing evidence that “China may have a far greater appetite for risk in Asia’s near seas,” says CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith


Russian Hackers Were Only Getting Started in the 2016 Election

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:09:01 -0500

After Russia’s hacking to influence November’s election, Rob Knake argues that we should expect to see Russia use its cyber exploitation capabilities against the U.S. for even darker and more frightening purposes in the year ahead.



Foreign Affairs January Issue Launch: Out of Order? The Future of the International System

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:59:47 -0500

Gideon Rose discusses the January/February 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Joseph S. Nye Jr. and Kori Schake. The latest issue of Foreign Affairs takes an in-depth look at the future of the liberal international order, and the role of the United States within it.


Trump Is Going to Regret Not Having a Grand Strategy

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:00:58 -0500

The next president says he wants to make deals, but his administration is going to be flying blind.


Trump Is Going to Regret Not Having a Grand Strategy

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:04:39 -0500

The next president says he wants to make deals, but his administration is going to be flying blind.


The President's Inbox: Inauguration Day

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:38:20 -0500

CFR President Richard N. Haass, Director of Studies James M. Lindsay, and Managing Editor Robert McMahon examine the world that President-Elect Donald Trump will inherit on Inauguration Day.


Media Files:

The World Next Week: January 12, 2017

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:47:02 -0500

Donald Trump is sworn into office, Detroit hosts an auto show, and Turkey's state of emergency continues.


Media Files:

Advancing Diplomatic Engagement with Religious Peacemakers

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:00:03 -0500

Joyce S. Dubensky and Azza Karam discuss the role of peacemakers in conflict resolution.


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The World Isn’t Waiting for Trump on Trade

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:44:07 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses economic responses in Asia to uncertainty over President-Elect Trump’s policies on trade.


What Happens to a Feminist Dream Deferred?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:19:07 -0500

Senior Fellow Catherine Powell, along with two other writers, considers what the 2016 election reveals about the state of feminism today.


Donald Trump: A Modern Manchurian Candidate?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:18:22 -0500

If Mr. Trump’s slavish devotion to Putin persists in office, it will continue to raise questions about the exact nature of their relationship. If the president-elect wants to put such suspicions to rest, he should get as tough with the Kremlin as he vows to do with America’s other enemies.


Environmental Health and China’s Rise

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:49:30 -0500

CFR hosted a workshop to discuss environmental health linkages in China, the Chinese government’s capability to respond to associated health crises, and international experience for coping with similar challenges. 


Robert Rubin on the Future of US-China Relations

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:53:41 -0500

In this interview with Maurits Elen of The Diplomat, Robert Rubin shares his vision on Sino-American relations in the new Trump era.


Donald Trump and the Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracy Theorists

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:40:23 -0500

Laurie Garrett writes that the president-elect’s dangerous views on the safety of vaccines threatens the lives of millions of Americans.


What to Worry About in 2017

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:54:16 -0500

Experts discuss the global political implications of potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2017.


CFR President Richard Haass Explains In New Book How We Arrived at "A World in Disarray" and What to Do About It

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:02:16 -0500

“These are no ordinary times. It will not be business as usual in a world of disarray; as a result, it cannot be foreign policy as usual,” writes Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), in his latest book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order—a timely examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder. In three parts, the book contemplates the history of world order from the rise of the modern state system to the end of the Cold War; accounts for the momentous shifts in the last quarter century to shed light on the current state of affairs, and outlines specific steps to tackle the many challenges ahead.


Three Hard Questions for Rex Tillerson About Russia Sanctions

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:54:37 -0500

When Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil Corp.’s longtime chief executive and now Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of state, appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, he will get a lot of questions about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. If senators want a better conversation with Mr. Tillerson, they should get him to acknowledge—or dispute—the basic facts of Russian-American relations. Stephen Sestanovich presents three questions aimed at getting Tillerson to admit how much sanctions have accomplished. 


A World in Disarray

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:23:12 -0500

CFR President Richard N. Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace.


Still Fighting, US Troops from Syria to Afghanistan Await Trump Orders

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:54:55 -0500

U.S. special operators move ahead with plans for the press to Raqqa, but uncertainty clouds U.S. war plans.


Iran’s Rafsanjani: A Legacy of Terrorism and Repression Behind a Facade of Moderation

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:36:30 -0500

Contrary to his image as a “pragmatist,” former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died last week, brandished a moderate image that concealed the reality of his militancy, argues CFR’s Ray Takeyh with Reuel Gerecht. Instead, Rafsanjani was the most consequential architect of the theocracy’s machinery of repression and regional ambitions and a primary sponsor of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear aspirations. 


Trump is Way Off on Russia Hack Report

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:32:56 -0500

Trump’s reaction to the Russia hack report suggests a guilty conscience and raises the question of why he fails to raise the slightest objection to Russia’s egregious misconduct