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Enforcing Deportation

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:26:17 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Edward Alden examine the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies.


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Trump and the National Debt

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:05:52 -0500

The U.S. national debt now exceeds $14 trillion, prompting calls for tax and spending reforms as President Donald J. Trump prepares his administration’s first budget proposal. 


The Worst and the Dimmest

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:25:20 -0500

The U.S. under President Donald Trump does not actually seem to have a foreign policy. To be exact, it has several foreign policies — and it is not obvious whether anyone, including the president himself, speaks for the entire administration.


Maintaining U.S. Leadership on Internet Governance

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:15:11 -0500

Now that the U.S. government is no longer responsible for the IANA functions, the United States needs to take action to maintain its influence on internet governance.


What McMaster Needs to Say to Americans

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:04:33 -0500

Gayle Lemmon discusses Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster's new role as National Security Adviser in a country that is largely insulated from the wars waged in its name.  


Sorry, Trump, but America’s Economy Is Already Pretty Great

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:56:18 -0500

President Trump asserts that the U.S. economy is a disaster and that he alone can fix it. The truth is that the U.S. economy is doing better than most Americans realize, and activist attempts to fix what ain’t broke are one of the gravest threats to it. What’s at stake is not simply that the president is vague or wrong about the facts. It’s that bad facts make for bad policy.


Trump May Threaten a Trade War Over NAFTA, but His Options Are Limited

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:21:55 -0500

When then-President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in a White House ceremony in December 1993, he called it “a defining moment” for the United States and praised Mexico and Canada as “our partners in the future that we are trying to make together.” All three countries had made what then seemed like an irreversible decision to marry their economic futures. Yet today, less than a quarter-century later, those bonds are badly fraying.


Religious Freedom in the United States

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:22 -0500

John Gallagher shares perspectives on the Trump administration’s approach to religious freedom in the United States.


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Of Debt and Detriment

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:08:10 -0500

Benn Steil and Emma Smith show how China mirrors the U.S. “exorbitant privilege” from minting the world’s primary reserve currency. While the United States is deeply indebted to the rest of the world, it still earns far more abroad than it pays out. China, in contrast, has become the world’s largest creditor while paying foreigners far more than it receives. Steil and Smith argue that China is making itself vulnerable to financial crisis by massively subsidizing its geostrategic objectives.


Why Does the Fed Keep Lowering Its Unemployment Threshold Instead of Raising Rates?

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:03:11 -0500

We’re nearing the threshold used to estimate how low unemployment can get before inflation rises. Will the Fed raise interest rates?


Bibi and Donald

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:01:00 -0500

Prime Minister Netanyahu is visiting Washington this week. In The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams discusses how he and President Trump will handle Jerusalem, Iran, and the "peace process" when they meet. 


The United Divided States: San Francisco Sues Donald Trump for Sanctuary Cities Order

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:46:03 -0500

Amidst the well-placed outrage over Trump’s Executive Order selectively banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries – including an array of critiqueslawsuits, and court decisions challenging its legality and wisdom – Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on Sanctuary Cities, which threatens to cut off federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities,” has been somewhat overlooked.


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Trump’s Big Mouth Has Already Weakened America

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:24:13 -0500

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans complained, with good reason, about the Potomac River-wide gap between the president’s words and his actions — in particular about his failure to enforce the “red line” over chemical weapons use in Syria. But under Donald Trump the gap has expanded to the size of the Grand Canyon — large enough to swallow his presidency and the country’s international reputation with it.


The Legal Fight Over Trump’s Authority

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:27:36 -0500

The battle over the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration raises weighty constitutional questions involving presidential power and the judiciary’s role in national security, explains expert Cristina Rodriguez.


U.S.-Japan Relations

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:08:52 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Sheila Smith examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on the U.S.-Japan economic and security alliance.


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President's Inbox: U.S.-China Relations

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:05:11 -0500

Experts discuss the issues the Trump administration can expect to encounter in its interactions with China, from tensions with Taiwan to the future of trade agreements.


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Worst. Start. Ever.

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:00:52 -0500

It's not President Bannon's fault Donald Trump’s approval ratings are so low. Trump only has himself to blame.


How Does the U.S. Refugee System Work?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:39:41 -0500

The United States has long accepted refugees from around the world, but President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on immigration has sparked debate over the national security implications of the U.S. refugee program.


Trump Bows to Russia Again

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:39:38 -0500

Republicans once scorned “moral relativism,” the tendency to draw comparisons between the conduct of the United States and its enemies, but now they defend it.


Are We Experiencing a Slow-Motion, Turkish-Style Coup? Or Our Own Arab Spring?

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:16:53 -0500

Corrupting the media, spreading chaos, and subverting the rule of law—it's what authoritarian regimes do best, argues Steven A. Cook. 


Trump’s Manufacturing Tactics Could Backfire

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 11:45:02 -0500

Donald Trump came to Washington determined to shake up America’s economic relations with the world, to pursue what he has unapologetically called an “America first” strategy “to benefit American workers and American families." At the heart of that strategy is restoring manufacturing to its former glory, writes Edward Alden. 


How Silicon Valley and Washington Can Be Friends Again

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:44:33 -0500

Over the course of the next four years, President Donald Trump’s administration will likely have to contend with Russian influence operations, Chinese cyber espionage, Iranian subterfuge, fights over appropriate use of encryption, data localization, and attracting technical talent to protect U.S. networks. Successfully meeting these challenges will require policy changes and deft maneuvering, write CFR's Alex Grigsby and Adam Segal.


Trump Could Take Obama’s Drone War Further Into the Shadows

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:52:19 -0500

The new president has inherited his predecessor’s drone program but might ditch the rules that kept it in check, writes Micah Zenko. 


C'mon Trumpists—Obama's Shortcomings Are No Defense for Trump's Excesses

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:44:41 -0500

Obama may have been maddeningly cautious and self-righteous, but he was much more thoughtful, dignified and restrained than his bombastic and erratic successor, writes Max Boot.


Trump's Proposed Refugee Policy Could Cost American Lives

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:39:44 -0500

Gayle Lemmon shares how the refugee and visa restrictions make American soldiers less safe in this Los Angeles Times piece. 


The 45th President’s Inbox

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:00:25 -0500

Elizabeth N. Saunders discusses the foreign policy issues facing the Trump administration.


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Immigration Executive Order

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:28:18 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Edward Alden examine President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.


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Trump's Ban Undermines Iraqi Cooperation Against Islamic State

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:52:55 -0500

Meghan O’Sullivan argues that the Trump Administration’s immigration ban undermines the United States’ ability to secure Iraqi cooperation against the Islamic State, thereby jeopardizing the United States ability to defeat the terror group.


Trump's Travel Ban Is Alienating People Who Risked Their Lives for America

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:51:27 -0500

The executive order signed Friday by President Trump banning refugees from the US may have been designed to put America's safety first, but it defies America's promise to leave no one behind. And in the process, the order sows confusion and leaves American lives hanging in the balance, write Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. 


Who’s Really Worried About the Travel Ban? The Arab States That Want to Work With Trump.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:23:05 -0500

Writing in the Washington Post, Philip Gordon discusses the impact of the administration’s refugee policy on the Middle East, and warns that the worst could be yet to come.