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What U.S. Policymakers Can Learn From Brazil’s Anticorruption Gains

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:51:15 -0400

Matthew M. Taylor argues that Brazil’s gains in fighting corruption hold lessons for U.S. anticorruption policy around the world.


The World Next Week: March 23, 2017

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:52:40 -0400

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey, Hong Kong elects a new chief executive, and the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome is marked.


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Defense Spending

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:22:35 -0400

Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's budget blueprint.


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A Vision of Trump at War

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:49:15 -0400

Writing in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon offers a vision of how President Trump could stumble—through bluster, wishful thinking, and miscalculation—into war with Iran, China, and North Korea. 


U.S. Should Increase Its Strategic Commitment to the Arctic, Says CFR Task Force

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:28:17 -0400

“The United States, through Alaska, is a significant Arctic nation with strategic, economic, and scientific interests,” asserts a new Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored (CFR) Independent Task Force report, Arctic Imperatives: Reinforcing U.S. Strategy on America’s Fourth Coast. With the Arctic “warming at twice the rate as the rest of the planet” and melting sea ice opening up this resource-rich region to new trade routes and commercial activities, the report stresses that “the United States needs to increase its strategic commitment to the region or risk leaving its interests unprotected.”


The Deep State Mirage in Turkey

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:34:25 -0400

Turkey, as well as Egypt and Pakistan, are places where belief in the existence of a deep state is prominent, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. This is partly a function of the fact that these are also countries where there is little transparency and citizens have few avenues by which to hold officials accountable.


The Arctic Is Integral to U.S. National Security

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:53:17 -0400

The Arctic should be a major consideration in discussions of U.S. national security, says Thad Allen, co-chair of CFR’s Independent Task Force on the Arctic. 


Arctic Imperatives

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:33:20 -0400

The Task Force finds that Alaska and the Arctic are of growing economic and geostrategic importance and recommends actions to improve the United States’ strategic presence in the Arctic region.


In Memoriam: David Rockefeller

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:27:54 -0400

CFR’s Honorary Chairman David Rockefeller passed away on March 20 at age 101.  


Tillerson Bumbles Around Asia

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:06:06 -0400

The Trump team’s early forays into Asia couldn’t have gone better. In early February, Defense Secretary James Mattis received high praise for his trip to Tokyo and Seoul, reassuring nervous allies that the Trump administration would continue decades of American leadership in Asia. A week later, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe braved a visit to the White House and was rewarded with President Donald Trump reaffirming the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance.


How China Is Preparing for Cyberwar

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:33:50 -0400

The United States and China have made progress on curbing commercial cyberespionage. Now, the global powers need to set limits when it comes to digital warfare. 


Trump’s Worst Enemy Is His Own Big, Lying Mouth

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:10:43 -0400

The FBI, NSA, Germany, Britain, Australia: Is there anybody America's dissembler-in-chief can't alienate?


Fake News Has a Long History in the Middle East—and the Lessons for Americans Are Unmistakably Dire

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:52:34 -0400

News in the United States is being falsified and weaponized in similar ways as in Egypt and Turkey, argues Steven A. Cook. However, unlike citizens in the Middle East, American consumers of fake news may not be aware that they are being manipulated.


Three Lingering Questions For Trump’s New Plan to Fight ISIS

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:40:48 -0400

If Trump sends more American boots to Syria, who will fight alongside them, and—still—what comes next?


What Can We Know and When Can We Know It?

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:51:12 -0400

As questions remain about Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections and President Trump’s allegations that Barack Obama wiretapped him during the campaign, Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, seems less than willing to pursue a robust investigation. Carla Anne Robbins argues that this is a mistake.


The Hawk Dressed as a Dove

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:15:57 -0400

How did a tough general like Yitzhak Rabin come to offer the Golan Heights to Hafez al-Assad and to make a deal that brought Yasser Arafat back from exile to rule the Palestinian Territories? Elliott Abrams's review of Itamar Rabinovich's new biography of Rabin raises these and other issues.


Five Myths About Turkey

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:59:54 -0400

There remain many misconceptions about modern Turkey among Americans, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. The country is not a democracy, its president is not a dictator, many state institutions are not secular, it does not have a Kurdish problem, and it is the product of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s modernist vision of Anatolian society.


Out of Time in North Korea

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:26:26 -0400

The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea is finished. But direct U.S. talks with Pyongyang, conditioned on a nuclear & missile testing freeze, intrusive inspections, & a ban on transfers to third parties, could be best U.S. option, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


The World Next Week: March 16, 2017

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:01:13 -0400

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi meets President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits China, and three years pass since Russia's annexation of Crimea.


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Ending South Sudan’s Civil War

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:24 -0400

Katherine Almquist Knopf discusses the ongoing violence in South Sudan and policy options for ending the civil war.


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U.S.-India Relations

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:05:06 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Alyssa Ayres examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on India.


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Global Economics Monthly March 2017

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:46:59 -0400

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn writes that Greece and its creditors are again locked in a showdown over reforms, cash, and debt relief. Another cliff-hanger ahead of heavy July debt payments looks likely. Extend-and-pretend is a dead end for Greece and an increasingly populist Europe, and a more ambitious agreement seems ruled out by bailout fatigue in creditor countries. Markets are once again underestimating the risks of “Grexit.”


Trump’s ‘Deterrence Bounce’ and the Dangers of Shock-Jock Diplomacy

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:25:59 -0400

The first 50 days of the Trump administration haven’t been a total disaster. But the president could undo all the good work, unless he gets a few things straight.


Foreign Affairs March Issue Launch Guest Event: Trump Time

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:08:45 -0400

Gideon Rose discusses the March/April 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Walter Russell Mead and Jennifer Lind. The latest issue of Foreign Affairs takes an in-depth look at the election, transition, and now presidency of Donald J. Trump.


Global Health in a Populist and Nationalist Age

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:09:34 -0400

Global health should not be a matter of endless charity, political whim, profiteering, or philanthropic trendiness. Health is a right.


America Needs an "Engage and Contain" Strategy for China

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:06:21 -0400

According to Ambassador Robert Blackwill, previous U.S. strategies of "engaging and hedging" with respect to China have failed. Will the Trump administration develop the right grand strategy to deal with China and protect U.S. vital interests?


The GOP Is America’s Party of White Nationalism

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:50:53 -0400

The Republican party's racists were once pushed to the fringes. In the Trump era, they're in charge.


The Futility of Force in Yemen

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:42:52 -0400

An escalation in U.S. counterterrorism strikes is unlikely to degrade the country’s al-Qaeda affiliate and a two-year-long Saudi-led air campaign is no closer to defeating Houthi rebels, says Ambassador Barbara Bodine.


Trump and Merkel Need to Find a Way to Work Together

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:07:26 -0400

One of the most important meetings of Donald Trump’s young presidency will take place on Tuesday, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes to Washington. Europe is America’s most important partner and Germany guides Europe.