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Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 08:55:57 -0400

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Trump's Bluff on North Korea Will Not Work

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:03:27 -0400

Writing in the Nikkei Asian Review, Philip Gordon argues that Trump’s approach to North Korea is unlikely to work—and could come back to haunt him.


Media Call: President Trump's Middle East Agenda

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:01:41 -0400

After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House next week, President Donald J. Trump will embark on his first international trip on May 19, with stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel. Panelists on this on-the-record teleconference discussed the significance of the president's visit and his objectives in the region, particularly as they pertain to the fight against the self-declared Islamic State and forging a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.


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World Economic Update

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:45:07 -0400

Experts discuss the state of the global economy.


Renegotiating NAFTA

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:24:30 -0400

Andres Rozental and Rohinton Medhora join CFR's James M. Lindsay in examining the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.


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A Conversation With Inge Thulin

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:45:39 -0400

Inge Thulin discusses the value of research and development in a fast-moving world, global growth strategies, and the effect of U.S. trade policy on multinational corporations.


The United States Is Losing Asia to China

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:57:30 -0400

With Washington in disarray, the Belt and Road Forum kicking off this weekend in Beijing should be a blaring wake up call that U.S. leadership in Asia is in peril.


Trump Should Be Wary of Putin’s Syria Plan

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:39:23 -0400

The deal Russia is offering would empower America’s adversaries far more than America’s friends, writes Stephen Sestanovich. 


The World Next Week: May 11, 2017

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:50:36 -0400

China hosts a global forum on the Silk Road initiative, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to the United States, and Iran holds a presidential election.


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China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:38:05 -0400

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.


Will FBI Sacking Affect National Security?

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:29:02 -0400

The dismissal of FBI Director James Comey raises concerns about the government’s ability to investigate Russian meddling in U.S. elections, and the broader national security role of the agency, says CFR’s Matthew Waxman.


International Cooperation in 2016 Deserves a Low Grade, Say Global Think Tank Leaders

Tue, 09 May 2017 09:32:30 -0400

The third annual Report Card on International Cooperation sharply downgraded its assessment of efforts to mitigate the world’s most vexing problems in 2016 to a C-, falling from a B grade in 2015.


France's Election Proves It—America Is Now an Example of What Not to Do

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:35:23 -0400

Americans have a long and ignoble tradition of telling jokes about the French. Old chestnuts such as “I'm selling a French rifle: Never shot, dropped only once” became popular again in 2003 when the French — wisely as it turns out — refused to join their U.S. allies in the invasion of Iraq. The House of Representatives cafeteria even renamed French fries, “freedom fries.” Turns out the joke’s on us.


Russiagate: Trump Is Trying to Put Out a Fire With More Smoke

Mon, 08 May 2017 12:55:19 -0400

There’s a lot we know—and even more we don’t know—regarding the Kremlin interference in the U.S. election last year. The most important thing we know is that there was interference. This is the consensus, “high confidence” assessment of the U.S. intelligence community, which further concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump. That in and of itself is scandalous enough. What we don’t know—and need to find out—is whether the Trump campaign actively colluded with this Russian operation and, more broadly, what links if any exist between the U.S. president and the dictator in the Kremlin.


Uncertainty Among U.S. Allies in Northeast Asia

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:44:01 -0400

As tensions in Northeast Asia grow over Pyongyang’s nuclear pursuits, collective action is the only way to bring stability to the region, writes CFR’s Sheila A. Smith. 


South Korea at the Crossroads

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:00:46 -0400

In this CFR Book, Scott A. Snyder charts South Korea's foreign-policy choices in an increasingly uncertain Asia.


After Macron Win, Political Challenges Await

Sun, 07 May 2017 17:33:33 -0400

Political newcomer Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory in France's presidential elections, but the new president will face major challenges to form a governing coalition, says CFR's Charles A. Kupchan.


Human Rights and Diplomacy

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:33:54 -0400

David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's human rights policy.


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From Tragedy to Prevention: Lessons Learned From Terrorist Attacks

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:27:51 -0400

Experts discuss recent terrorist attacks that have unsettled cities in Europe, and lessons to be learned to prevent future attacks around the world.


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A Path Forward: A Conversation with Richard N. Haass and the Council of Councils

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:12:33 -0400

Experts present the findings of the 2016–2017 Council of Councils Report Card and discuss implications for global cooperation.


Can Drug Importation Address High Generic Drug Prices?

Fri, 05 May 2017 14:49:43 -0400

Tom Bollyky and Aaron Kesselheim propose a sustainable strategy to address price spikes among U.S. generic drugs and improve patients’ access to safe medicines. They propose a three-pronged approach for increasing competition in the U.S. generic drug market, while minimizing any attendant risks to patient safety or undermining the institutional role of the FDA. This proposal centers on the use of reciprocal drug approval and draws on previous precedents and the existing platforms for regulatory cooperation in the pharmaceutical sector.


The Crisis in Venezuela

Fri, 05 May 2017 14:05:12 -0400

Experts discuss the ongoing political and economic upheaval in Venezuela, including how policies implemented over the past fifteen years are shaping the current crisis.

Julia Buxton, Senior Advisor, Venezuela, Oxford Analytica Inc.
Shannon K. O'Neil, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Jason Fargo, Latin America Team Leader, Energy Intelligence Group, Inc.


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The World Next Week: May 4, 2017

Thu, 04 May 2017 17:18:07 -0400

France and South Korea hold pivotal presidential elections and the Arctic Council meets in Alaska.


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Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:35:07 -0400

It looks like U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to reduce the foreign aid budget will come at a cost to his administration's other aims in South and Central Asia. Some of the cuts come as no surprise as they target programs, like climate change, that the president came into office determined to roll back. But others will undermine stated administration priorities, such as regional counterterrorism and cooperation with India. 


Understanding South Korea’s Tense Election

Thu, 04 May 2017 11:39:47 -0400

South Korea’s tumultuous political season culminates in a May 9 presidential election, with complicated ties with the United States looming and the favored candidate backing a softer stance toward North Korea, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder.


Impatient and Distracted: The United States and NATO Under Trump

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Bartosz Wisniewski of the Polish Institute of International Affairs examines the future of NATO under the Trump administration. He finds that growing tensions in East Asia might serve as a reinforcing argument for those in the United States who urge European NATO members to do more for common defense. And given Trump’s participation, the late May NATO leaders’ meeting in Brussels will be the best opportunity for his administration so far to revisit some basics truths about the value of alliances, and NATO in particular.


Why Trump Was Right to Invite Duterte to the White House

Wed, 03 May 2017 16:04:20 -0400

President Trump raised hackles over the weekend by offering a White House invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president accused of abetting deaths squads and extrajudicial killings as part of his signature war on drugs. Victims have numbered in the thousands, reported to include not only small-time users and petty criminals, but also political opponents and even children.


Adrift in Afghanistan

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:50:54 -0400

As the war in Afghanistan drifts back into the public spotlight, Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that five “urgent questions must be answered about the near- and long-term future of the fight.” The United States must clarify its definition of stability and success in Afghanistan, determine whether the Taliban, ISIS, or both is the enemy, discuss how many troops are needed on the ground, and create plans for stemming the loss of life among Afghan forces and for bringing an end to the war. 


Making Chile Great Again

Wed, 03 May 2017 11:57:42 -0400

Since its return to democracy in 1990, Chile has been heralded as Latin America’s exception, writes Shannon O’Neil. But in the present, “this tranquillity has come to an end, and the economic and social consensus of the postauthoritarian years has crumbled.”


CFR Sovereign Risk Tracker

Tue, 02 May 2017 10:35:02 -0400

Which countries are most likely to suffer a debt crisis? Track emerging-market sovereign risk with this interactive map by CFR's Benn Steil and Emma Smith.


Iran’s Presidential Test

Mon, 01 May 2017 11:19:43 -0400

Iran’s May 19 election will pit Ibrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the supreme leader, against the more centrist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, in a contest that may hinge on the perceived economic impact of the nuclear deal, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.