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Must Reads of the Week: Saudi Royalty, Dwelling on Brexit, and More

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:46:12 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of October 17–21, 2016.


A New Approach to Thailand's Insurgency

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:08:18 -0400

Southern Thailand has faced a brutal insurgency since 2001. Today, there is a chance the insurgency will be infiltrated by ISIS, which has recruited over one thousand Southeast Asians.


The World Next Week: October 19, 2016

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:56:32 -0400

The battle for Mosul intensifies, the Chinese Communist Party holds a plenum, and the European Space Agency goes to Mars.


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U.S. Navy Operations in a Maritime Chokepoint

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:05:32 -0400

A missile attack on a U.S. warship in the Bab al-Mandeb strait, off the coast of Yemen, illustrates how the U.S. Navy responds to an array of threats while patrolling the world’s waterways, says CFR visiting fellow Captain Clint Carroll.


The Cult of the Expert—and How It Collapsed

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:31:51 -0400

Sebastian Mallaby uses the framework of central bank power to examine the rise and recent decline of the cult of the expert. He concludes that, ironically, experts need to play the political game if they hope to maintain their legitimacy; and that a healthy democracy is well served by a mix of public accountability and technocratic independence. 


The GOP May Not Survive the Trump Takeover

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:24:18 -0400

Donald Trump began the final presidential debate in what was, for him, an unexpected fashion. He was subdued, spoke calmly, and sounded like a conventional Republican. He promised to oppose abortion, support the Second Amendment, and appoint Supreme Court justices who “will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted.” But about halfway through, Trump made one crazy, false statement after another. It was a farrago of falsehoods the likes of which no one has ever seen...since Trump’s last debate. What does it tell you about the future of the Republican Party that so many ordinary Republicans seemed to thrill to his misstatements and vicious attacks?


The State of U.S.-Russia Relations

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:13:15 -0400

Experts discuss the current state of relations between the United States and Russia.


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Failure to Adjust

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:01:52 -0400

A history of the last four decades of U.S. trade policies and a blueprint for how to keep the United States competitive in a globalized economy.


Duterte’s Flip-Flop Into Bed With China Is a Disaster for the United States

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:55:48 -0400

With the Philippine president ditching Washington for Beijing, the contest to control the South China Sea just got a lot more complicated.


Why Locking in Fuel Subsidy Reforms is a Top U.S. Priority

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:04:54 -0400

Many countries quietly reduced their subsidies in the past few years, but more work remains. The United States can help consolidate these goals, write CFR’s Varun Sivaram and Jennifer Harris.


What the Hell Happened to My Republican Party?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:44:39 -0400

The party of principled conservatism, of promoting freedom at home and abroad, has become a party of conspiracy-mongering, authoritarianism, and white power.


Fall of the British Pound

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:54:43 -0400

Robert Kahn and Sebastian Mallaby discuss the recent decline in value of the British pound, the tie-in to Brexit, and the wider economic implications.


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'The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:17:35 -0400

Sebastian Mallaby discusses The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, a new biography of former chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan.


The Crisis in U.S.-Israeli Relations

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:12:31 -0400

In a review essay in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon asks whether the United States and Israel are drifting apart and assesses proposals to keep them together.


Sustaining Fuel Subsidy Reform

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:40:07 -0400

Fuel subsidies often strain government budgets, fail to target poverty efficiently, distribute benefits unfairly, perpetuate corrupt regimes, and worsen climate change.


The Nazi Echoes in Trump's Tweets

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:51:14 -0400

Donald Trump’s attempt to assign blame for his potential defeat is violating the most basic tenet of democracy: The willingness of one side to accept defeat at the polls and acknowledge the legitimacy of the winning side. That is something that candidates such as Richard Nixon in 1960 and Al Gore in 2000 did even when there were legitimate questions of election fraud. They realized that at some point pursuing their own ambitions would fray the very fabric of our democracy. Trump either doesn’t know that or doesn’t care. 


The Perplexing Problems of Solving Syria

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:39 -0400

The assumptions held by those advocating military action in Syria are weak, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. Military punitive measures are not likely to make Russia, Iran, the Syrian regime, or militant forces back down from their current stances, either on the battlefield or in negotiations.


Thailand’s New Uncertainty

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:44:35 -0400

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses the potential for continuing political instability in Thailand following the death of King Bhumibol. 


Must Reads of the Week: Malaise in China, Intrigue in Turkey, and More

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:22:15 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of October 10–14, 2016.


Africa Update: Perspectives From International CEOs

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:13:22 -0400

Two African members of CFR's Global Board of Advisors discuss the geopolitical and geoeconomic issues facing the continent today. CFR's Global Board of Advisors, founded in 2012, fosters a dialogue between business and global leaders from the United States and abroad.


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World Economic Update

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:10:23 -0400

Experts discuss trends in the global economy.


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Trump May Not Win, but He’s Not Going Away

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:57:46 -0400

Donald and his followers will be a force in U.S. politics for years to come.


The Mixed Legacy of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:20:52 -0400

The long-reigning Thai king’s tacit support of military coups over the last decade undercuts his past image as a force for stability, writes CFR’s Joshua Kurlantzick. 


The World Next Week: October 13, 2016

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:34:29 -0400

The final U.S. presidential debate takes place, the UN discusses Yemen, and India hosts the eighth annual BRICS summit.


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Time to Get Real About Russia Cyber War

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:52:33 -0400

Our democracy is under attack by Russia, but almost no one is treating the situation with the gravity it deserves. President Obama is loathe to retaliate. Would-be president Donald Trump denies that any attack is happening. And the media are acting as enablers for the attackers.


Foreign Policy in Campaign 2016

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:00:31 -0400

James M. Lindsay discusses the role that foreign policy will play in the upcoming presidential election.


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The Man Who Knew

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:56:55 -0400

In this biography of Alan Greenspan, Sebastian Mallaby brilliantly explores Greenspan's life and legacy and tells the story of the making of modern finance. 


Are U.S. Voters Becoming Isolationist–or Just More Partisan?

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:36:14 -0400

American voters still favor an active U.S. role in the world but disagree more than they used to about how that role should be exercised. They are increasingly at odds about two big issue clusters—globalization and military intervention. These divisions will not keep a new president from trying to build bipartisan support for foreign policy, but the poll numbers are clear—the job is getting harder.


War Goes Viral

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:59:48 -0400

Social media has altered the nature of war, argue Emerson T. Brooking and P.W. Singer. The viral propaganda of the self-declared Islamic State, Russian disinformation campaigns, and Chinese cyber-nationalism are all indications of a more fundamental shift in conflict—a revolution that threatens to catch U.S. policymakers and social media companies off guard. 


Back-to-School Event: Deforestation of the Amazon

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:28:57 -0400

Experts discuss deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.


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