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Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:19:15 -0400

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What U.S. Policymakers Can Learn From Brazil’s Anticorruption Gains

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:51:15 -0400

Matthew M. Taylor argues that Brazil’s gains in fighting corruption hold lessons for U.S. anticorruption policy around the world.

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The Arctic Is Integral to U.S. National Security

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:53:17 -0400

The Arctic should be a major consideration in discussions of U.S. national security, says Thad Allen, co-chair of CFR’s Independent Task Force on the Arctic. 

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In Memoriam: David Rockefeller

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:27:54 -0400

CFR’s Honorary Chairman David Rockefeller passed away on March 20 at age 101.  

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Tillerson Bumbles Around Asia

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:06:06 -0400

The Trump team’s early forays into Asia couldn’t have gone better. In early February, Defense Secretary James Mattis received high praise for his trip to Tokyo and Seoul, reassuring nervous allies that the Trump administration would continue decades of American leadership in Asia. A week later, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe braved a visit to the White House and was rewarded with President Donald Trump reaffirming the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

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Trump’s Worst Enemy Is His Own Big, Lying Mouth

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:10:43 -0400

The FBI, NSA, Germany, Britain, Australia: Is there anybody America's dissembler-in-chief can't alienate?

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Fake News Has a Long History in the Middle East—and the Lessons for Americans Are Unmistakably Dire

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:52:34 -0400

News in the United States is being falsified and weaponized in similar ways as in Egypt and Turkey, argues Steven A. Cook. However, unlike citizens in the Middle East, American consumers of fake news may not be aware that they are being manipulated.

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Out of Time in North Korea

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:26:26 -0400

The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea is finished. But direct U.S. talks with Pyongyang, conditioned on a nuclear & missile testing freeze, intrusive inspections, & a ban on transfers to third parties, could be best U.S. option, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.

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Trump’s ‘Deterrence Bounce’ and the Dangers of Shock-Jock Diplomacy

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:25:59 -0400

The first 50 days of the Trump administration haven’t been a total disaster. But the president could undo all the good work, unless he gets a few things straight.

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Foreign Affairs March Issue Launch Guest Event: Trump Time

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:08:45 -0400

Gideon Rose discusses the March/April 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Walter Russell Mead and Jennifer Lind. The latest issue of Foreign Affairs takes an in-depth look at the election, transition, and now presidency of Donald J. Trump.

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The GOP Is America’s Party of White Nationalism

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:50:53 -0400

The Republican party's racists were once pushed to the fringes. In the Trump era, they're in charge.

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Trump and Merkel Need to Find a Way to Work Together

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:07:26 -0400

One of the most important meetings of Donald Trump’s young presidency will take place on Tuesday, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes to Washington. Europe is America’s most important partner and Germany guides Europe.

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Why Hurting the Poor Will Hurt the Economy

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:15:29 -0500

Fighting poverty is not only a moral imperative, but also a critical investment for U.S. economic growth, writes CFR Co-Chairman Robert Rubin.

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Preventing a Credibility Crisis in America's Most Important Alliance

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:30:24 -0500

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump revisited one of his favorite hobby horses: free-riding alliance partners.

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Military Perspectives in the White House

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:23:11 -0500

CFR's Robert McMahon and former Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy Janine Davidson examine civil-military relations in the new administration.

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WikiLeaks Has Joined the Trump Administration

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:09:57 -0500

The anti-American WikiLeaks has become the preferred intelligence service for a conspiracy-addled White House.

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A World in Disarray

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:00:37 -0500

Richard N. Haass discusses a world increasingly defined by disorder and what can be done about it.

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There’s No Place for Trump’s Hyperbole in the Oval Office

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:27:01 -0500

The art of the deal worked well for Donald Trump in real estate, but governing and foreign policy are all about the art of relationships, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.

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The Federal Reserve Should Give Wall Street a Shock

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:59:10 -0500

Sebastian Mallaby argues that the Fed has gotten too predictable.

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Trump Knows the Feds Are Closing In on Him

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:51:03 -0500

Trump’s recent tweets aren’t just conspiratorial gibberish—they’re the erratic ravings of a guilty conscience.

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How to Get Tough on China, in Six Easy Steps

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:27:19 -0500

From a White House largely defined by caprice, there’s been a consistent message that it’s time to get tough on China: to push back in the South China Sea, to challenge China’s unfair trade and investment practices, and to demand more from Beijing on North Korea.

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Civil-Military Relations in the New Administration

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:34:41 -0500

Experts discuss the role of civil-military relations in the development of military advice; evaluate early changes to the national security system under President Trump; and consider possible reforms to the presidential decision-making process.

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The Uncertain Future of U.S. Trade Policy

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:30:38 -0500

Experts discuss the economic and political challenges facing U.S. trade policy, how to proceed in the current political climate, and policy options for the future direction of U.S. trade.

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The Uncertain Future of U.S. Trade Policy

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:30:38 -0500

Experts discuss the economic and political challenges facing U.S. trade policy, how to proceed in the current political climate, and policy options for the future direction of U.S. trade.

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Options for U.S. Policy in Venezuela

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:19:22 -0500

Shannon K. O’Neil testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, addressing the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and proposing U.S. policy options aimed at combatting the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crises in the country. She called for targeted sanctions against human rights abusers, drug traffickers, and corrupt officials, a concerted effort to rally Venezuela’s South American neighbors in condemning Venezuela’s authoritarianism, and how the United States should prepare to help a new and more receptive Venezuelan government in the future.

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Cyber Strategy and Policy: International Law Dimensions

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:48:58 -0500

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 2, 2017, Matthew C. Waxman addressed some of the international law questions most relevant to cyber threats and U.S. strategy and made recommendations for U.S. leadership in the evolution of related international rules. Waxman argued that even though international law regarding cyber capabilities is not yet settled, existing rules can support a strong cyber defense strategy. Since many of the international law questions depend on specific, case-by-case facts, and are likely to be highly contested for a long time to come, the United States should continue to advance interpretations that support its strategic interests and effectively constrain other states’ behavior.

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Putin's Best-Laid Plans Are Failing

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:36:18 -0500

Putin got the incompetent president he preferred, but he also got an increasingly anti-Russian Congress.

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Want to Win Wars? Fund Soft Power, Trump’s Generals Say

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:48:38 -0500

The president’s proposal to boost military spending at the expense of diplomacy and foreign aid won't lead to victory.

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U.S. Foreign Policy Powers: Congress and the President

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:28:04 -0500

The separation of powers has spawned a great deal of debate over the roles of the president and Congress in foreign affairs, as well as over the limits on their respective authorities, explains this Backgrounder.

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Don't Believe the New Trump

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:24:05 -0500

Trump is still the same old, uninformed, easily manipulated, egomaniac—surrounded by second-raters, lickspittles, and extremists.

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U.S.-EU Relations

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:43:47 -0500

CFR's Robert McMahon and Charles A. Kupchan examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on Europe.

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How Trump Could Affect the National Debt

Tue, 28 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. 

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