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Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:07:02 -0500

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History Will Not Absolve Him

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:37:24 -0500

What are we to make of Fidel Castro's life and the eulogies his death evoked? Elliott Abrams’s answer is in the Weekly Standard.


A World in Disarray

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:23:12 -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.


Italian Vote Showcases European Discontent

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:24:12 -0500

The defeat of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reforms is another sign that voter anger over poor economic performance is driving anti-establishment politics across Europe, says CFR’s Sebastian Mallaby.


Globalization Resets

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:13:55 -0500

International financial flows have declined significantly since 2008, and world trade is stagnating. Rather than portending a period of de-globalization, Sebastian Mallaby analyzes the data more closely to suggest a reset, not a reversal, of globalization.


How Trump Can Avoid His Predecessors’ Iran Mistakes

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:06:09 -0500

There are important lessons for the incoming Trump administration on Iran they can learn from their predecessors, argues CFR’s Ray Takeyh. They should recognize that the Islamic Republic is a unitary nation-state purged of reformers, that it is susceptible to a threat of force, and that Iran is not interested in normalizing relations with the United States.


Niall Ferguson’s “Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist” Wins 2016 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:11:43 -0500

Historian Niall Ferguson has won the fifteenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist (Penguin Press), the first in a two-volume biography of the former national security advisor Henry A. Kissinger, and will receive $15,000. On December 14, CFR will honor Ferguson—a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and Harvard University’s Center for European Studies—and the other awardees at a cocktail reception hosted by Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs and chair of the independent award jury.


David Petraeus Would Be a Great Secretary of State

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:21:38 -0500

Max Boot argues that Petraeus would be a superbly qualified secretary of state—one who already has more diplomatic experience than most of those previously selected for this position. And far from giving a pro-war tilt to the new administration, Petraeus would be an important restraint on a president who has spoken far too freely of bombing various countries and of torturing terrorists.


An Easy Way to Avoid Foreign-Policy Mishaps

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:51:44 -0500

Presidential transitions have helped bring disasters from the Bay of Pigs to the Middle East—all because of inadequate intelligence briefings, argues Rebecca Friedman Lissner.


President Trump and the Art of the "Ultimate" Israel-Palestine Peace Deal

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:00:23 -0500

The Obama obsession with Israeli settlement activity ruined his policy toward Israel, prevented the negotiations he wanted, and was not based on the facts. The Trump administration should take a very different approach, Elliott Abrams argues in Foreign Policy magazine. 


Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Might Prove Less Radical Than You Think

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:19:25 -0500

Writing in Politico, Philip Gordon argues that president-elect Trump's foreign policy may prove less deliberately radical than people think; it's hallmarks will instead be accidents, indiscipline, and incoherence. 


Campaign 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:20:55 -0500

Campaign 2016


Global Economics Monthly December 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:47:52 -0500

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn writes that financial markets rallied following the U.S. election, on hopes that President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s fiscal stimulus and deregulation initiatives would spur corporate profits and growth. Perhaps so, but a strong case could be made for the opposite: that Trump’s economic agenda will prove disruptive to trade and growth, face growing headwinds in Congress, and exert a contractionary impact on the U.S. economy. 


The World Next Week: December 1, 2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:06:36 -0500

Syria's humanitarian crisis escalates, Italy holds a constitutional referendum, and Cuba mourns Fidel Castro.


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Countering Violent Extremism by Engaging Women

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:03:33 -0500

In many countries, women are well-positioned to detect early signs of radicalization because their rights and physical integrity are often the first targets of extremists. In addition, they are well-placed to challenge extremist narratives in homes, schools, and communities. This session will address strategies to counter  violent extremism by capitalizing on the contributions of women.


Securing Peace by Addressing Conflict-related Sexual Violence

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:01:19 -0500

This session will examine the devastating use of sexual violence against civilians by armed factions and extremist groups. Research shows that postconflict societies more effectively recover and rebuild when women participate in reconstruction efforts and their experiences in conflictincluding wartime sexual violence—are addressed. Responding to conflict-related sexual violence includes promoting justice and accountability, training security forces in protection measures, investing in services for survivors, and including women in developing solutions to the factors that place them at risk.


How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention and Resolution Advances Security Interests

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:58:08 -0500

State fragility poses a significant threat to international security, contributing to conflict onset and relapse, the global refugee crisis, the expansion of extremist groups, and public health emergencies like the Ebola epidemic.


The President's Inbox: Defense

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:10:46 -0500

In this episode of The President's Inbox, CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Carla Anne Robbins examine President-Elect Donald Trump's defense priorities. 


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Europe Braces For Italy's Referendum

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:09:45 -0500

Italy’s vote on constitutional reforms, which may determine whether the country can escape its economic doldrums and rescue its ailing banking system, could have consequences for all of Europe, says CFR’s Robert Kahn.


U.S. Trade Policy: Why the Consensus Broke Down

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:00:24 -0500

Edward Alden discusses how the past four decades of U.S. trade and economic policy left many Americans behind in the global economy, and what the next administration might do to address this trend.


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Ending South Sudan's Civil War

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:22:44 -0500

Following its independence in 2011, three years of civil war have left South Sudan on the cusp of full-scale genocide, with its sovereignty discredited and undermined by warring elites.


A Conversation With Robert Greifeld

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:50:33 -0500

Robert Greifeld discusses how the recent and upcoming elections in France, Germany, and the United States might affect trade, markets, and the future of globalization.


As Trump Waits, So Do U.S. War Fighters, Planners

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:39:19 -0500

The truth is nobody from the Pentagon to Baghdad knows yet if Trump will escalate or withdraw from America's ongoing fights around the world, argues Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. 


Issue Guide: Fidel Castro

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:46:42 -0500

Fidel Castro, who died on November 25, was one of the most prominent figures of the Cold War and an adversary of ten consecutive U.S. presidential administrations. This reading list considers the legacy of his nearly fifty years in power, including the Cuban Missle Crisis, the U.S. economic embargo, and the years following the Cold War.


The Two Putin Problem

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:30:17 -0500

One is confident, the other defensive. Trump will have to deal with both, argues Stephen Sestanovich. 


Why Turkey Is Salivating for President Trump

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:39:20 -0500

Many within the Turkish political elite and their supporters, who disdain the American establishment, are supportive of the election of Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency, argues CFR’s Steven A. Cook. This, however, is based on a misreading of Turkey’s relationship with the American ruling class.


America and the World in Transition

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:37:50 -0500

As the incoming Trump administration sorts itself out, U.S. allies should develop policy proposals for dealing with pressing global challenges and consider what more they can do on behalf of common defense, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Modern Democracy Has Plenty of Trump Precedents

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:19:15 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses examples from other states around the world for possibilities of what to expect from a Donald Trump presidency. 


Bonus: The President's Inbox: Immigration

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:26:41 -0500

The World Next Week is on hiatus this week. In the meantime, listen to the third episode of The President's Inbox, which examines President-Elect Donald Trump's immigration priorities. 


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The President's Inbox: Immigration

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:15:06 -0500

In the third episode of The President's Inbox, CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Edward Alden examine President-Elect Donald Trump's immigration priorities. 


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Domestic Security in the Age of ISIS

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:03:50 -0500

Experts discuss how the United States can better prepare for and protect the homeland with the growing threat of ISIS inspired terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.


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