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Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:34:17 -0400

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How to Clean Up the Mess in Venezuela

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:10:00 -0400

To stop the worst hemispheric crisis in decades, President Donald Trump needs a policy that includes not only tough words but also concrete actions. But the United States can’t do it alone. To help rather than hurt U.S. interests, the United States should assemble a diplomatic effort against Venezuela's increasingly repressive regime, writes Shannon O’Neil.


A World in Disarray

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:36:46 -0400

In this book, CFR President Richard N. Haass offers a timely examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder. Rich in history, the book examines today's world, how we got here, and what needs doing. It argues for an updated global operating system with a new approach to sovereignty, providing steps for how to get there.


Foreign Policy in the First Hundred Days of Trump

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:20:21 -0400

As President Donald J. Trump approaches his hundredth day in office, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer resources and analysis on the new administration’s foreign policy.


The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:05:25 -0400

Trump dominated the election-year debate by proposing a more hopped-up version of foreign-policy activism than the usual advocates of activism, and a fuller kind of disengagement than those who wanted to scale down. The combination—radicalism at both ends of the spectrum—seemed the essence of his appeal. For Trump, American policy was supposed to serve only American interests. Best of all, Trump suggested, his entire approach would be free. Yes, we could be “great again”—and on the cheap. Such a blend of much more and much less could easily have seemed incoherent, or crazy. But the two halves of Trump’s formula worked together better than critics appreciated.


France's Presidential Election

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:30:36 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Philip Gordon examine the outcome of the first round of France's presidential election.


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America Is Getting Used to Trump’s Insanity

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:06:39 -0400

The president has managed to accomplish at least one big thing in his first 100 days: the once unthinkable is now unremarkable.


How To Restore Free Speech on Campus

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:16:42 -0400

Elliott Abrams reflects on free speech and his recent visit to University of California, Berkeley.


U.S. Entry Into World War I: Lessons One Hundred Years Later

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:45:15 -0400

One hundred years ago this month, the United States declared war on Germany and thereby entered World War I. Experts discuss why the United States entered "the Great War," the consequences it had for American society and foreign policy, and what lessons it holds for Americans going forward.


I Will March for Science on Saturday — So Should You

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:37:02 -0400

Laurie Garrett argues that President Trump’s cuts to pure science and vital agencies risk generational damage to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.


Don’t Abdicate America’s Leadership Role at the IMF

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:29:51 -0400

During his campaign, Donald Trump persuaded voters that he would look after “America First.” It would be hard to find an institution that plays a greater role in supporting the economic and strategic interests of the United States than does the IMF. Therefore, it would be in the United States’ and the world’s interests if Secretary Mnuchin were to deliver a strong and clear statement of support for the IMF from its biggest beneficiary.


How Trump's Foreign Policy Team Is Mastering Complex Challenges in Difficult Times

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:56:38 -0400

Thus far, President Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy resembles a traditionally realist Republican one that focuses on balance-of-power politics, dealing with other great powers on equal footing, and building coalitions for specific tasks, writes Ray Takeyh. In time, he may also recognize the importance of a robust human rights and democracy promotion policy.


Is Trump’s Axis of Adults Beating Down the Cabal of Crazies?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:41:05 -0400

Approaching his 100-day mark with little to show for it but a new Supreme Court justice, Donald Trump is shedding his past positions faster than a stock trader getting rid of underperforming stocks.


Don’t Politicize the Federal Reserve

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:07:18 -0400

An independent Federal Reserve is critically important to the U.S. economy, the well-being of the people, and the market credibility of Fed policy making, writes CFR's Robert Rubin.


How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:37:59 -0400

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.


Trump’s Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Is Just Getting Started

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:23:32 -0400

But the president might be the last to know it.


Beware a Zombie Paris Agreement

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 10:48:23 -0400

Trump's executive order on the environment keeps U.S. participation in the climate agreement. But will he abide?


Is Trump Wagging the Dog in Syria?

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:06:12 -0400

Writing in Politico, Philip Gordon asks whether Donald Trump has really changed his mind about Syria, or if he is just looking to distract attention from controversies at home.


Trump’s Appetite for Risk Spells Trouble for U.S. National Security

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Thursday night’s cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase will be much debated in coming weeks. Critics will cite the danger of escalation or of ensnarement in a quagmire.


The Strike At Syria

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:42:58 -0400

The American strike on Syria shows President Trump in two new roles: as Commander in Chief, and far more surprisingly as Leader of the Free World. Elliott Abrams explains why in the Weekly Standard.


'It Was High Time'

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:05:54 -0400

The right move, if the wrong president, for Obama's internal critics who wanted air strikes in Syria for three years.


Welcome to Syria, President Trump: Years of Rational Policy Led to This Horror, and There’s No Easy Way Out

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:24:38 -0400

If the war Obama and the Pentagon struggled to avoid is now upon us, it's likely to make a bad situation worse


What Was the Legal Basis for the U.S. Air Strikes Against Syria?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:28:07 -0400

The United States has just launched a missile attack against Syrian air bases, apparently in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.  (The attack apparently was launched in the middle of President Trump's dinner with Chinese President Xi, and is not likely to make the Chinese very happy.) 


The Potential for Progress at the US-China Meeting

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:07:53 -0400

The trajectory of the next four years will hinge on whether both sides can avoid a trade or any other kind of war, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Putting Pressure on China Probably Won’t Help U.S. Workers. Here’s What Might.

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:51:20 -0400

The U.S.-China relationship is one issue on which President Trump’s instincts are at least partly right — for China, let’s be honest, does not always play fair in international economic relations. It has limited respect for intellectual property; it subsidizes strategic industries with bargain loans and export credits; it uses government power over procurement to favor domestic firms.


Environmental Policy and the Amazon

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:41 -0400

Eve Bratman discusses environmental policy and sustainable development, focusing on the Brazilian Amazon.


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U.S. Security Amid Budget Cuts: A Conversation with Senator Chris Murphy

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:43:48 -0400

As Congress considers President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the State Department and USAID, Senator Murphy unveils a dramatically different approach that calls for a near doubling of the international affairs budget as a means to ensure U.S. national security. 


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Xi Meets Trump

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:16:12 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Ely Ratner examine President Donald J. Trump's first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.


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Let's Count the Ways Donald Trump Has Gone Where No President Has Gone Before

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:04:46 -0400

We are not yet 100 days into the Trump presidency, but already the president has clocked one unenviable milestone after another. It’s all too easy to take for granted the broken norms that characterize this administration. So it’s important to pause and consider all the myriad ways in which Donald Trump has already gone where no president has gone before.


Trump Is Making a Huge Mistake by Giving VIP Treatment to China

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:57:44 -0400

If President Trump wants to get tough on China, hosting President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago later this week is a big step in the wrong direction.


Don’t Let the Pentagon Monopolize Nuclear Policy

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:10:29 -0400

The Trump administration has commenced its Nuclear Posture Review with the Department of Defense taking the lead. Experts from the Departments of State and Energy must be included in this process, argues CFR’s Rebecca Lissner.