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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 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.


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.


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.


'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.


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. 


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.


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.


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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The Legacy of the Ronald Reagan Administration

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:24:30 -0400

Experts discuss the policies and priorities of the Ronald Reagan administration and the lessons to be learned for U.S. foreign policy today.


Colombia's Failed Peace Deal

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:54:25 -0400

Experts discuss Colombia’s failed peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and its implications for the country’s future.


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In a New Biography, Sebastian Mallaby Examines the Life and Legacy of Alan Greenspan

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:08:20 -0400

Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan was once hailed as the omnipotent “maestro” of the U.S. economy, but his reputation suffered in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. In The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, a new biography based on five years of research and unmatched access to Greenspan, Sebastian Mallaby presents a nuanced assessment of one of the most influential economic statesmen of the twentieth century and issues a warning about the future of finance. The story of Greenspan, according to Mallaby, is the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill.


Donald Trump Isn’t Campaigning to Run a Democracy

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:38:18 -0400

Trump’s rhetoric at the debate was more dictator than leader of the free world. The grass-roots fervor for Trump suggests that the Republican Party may be beyond salvation — and that the republic itself could be in peril if in the future we see some demagogue who is smoother than Trump and devoid of his debilitating personal flaws.


More Women in Global Security Forces will Raise Effectiveness

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:08:58 -0400

Despite evidence that shows that women make unique contributions to peace and security processes, they remain severely underrepresented in military, policy, and peacekeeping forces around the world. Jamille Bigio highlights a new bill led by Senators Barbara Boxer and Jeanne Shaheen that would “require the U.S. State Department to encourage other countries to increase the number of women recruited and promoted in their security forces.” She also argues for better quality training among security forces and conversation of the U.S. National Action Plan on women, peace, and security into legislation.


The 18 Essential Foreign-Policy Questions Clinton and Trump Need to Answer

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:28:13 -0400

As America prepared for the foreign-policy fireworks in Sunday night’s second presidential debate, a town hall format co-moderated by ABC News’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, columnists posed the questions they’d want to put to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—and why it’s so important that America’s next president have the answer. In no particular order, here are their toughest questions.


Hillary, the Blogger, and the Singer Dude

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:37:01 -0400

Elliott Abrams comments on his own appearance in recently released State Department-Clinton Foundation emails.


How Congress Could Fix JASTA: Give the President Waiver Authority

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:28:01 -0400

Congress should amend the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act to give the president authority to waive the new international terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, says CFR's John Bellinger.


There’s a Way Obama’s White House Can Save Syrian Lives, There’s Just No Will

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:26:28 -0400

While increased U.S. military action in Syria may be favored by numerous policymakers, the Obama administration remains unwilling to sanction further intervention. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes that “The Obama White House has long argued that it was elected to end wars in the Middle East, not to escalate them…” but meanwhile, Aleppo remains “full of carnage and bunker-busting munitions with rockets falling on children and no hope of escape for anyone.”


America Is Turning Into a Confederacy of Dunces

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:53:23 -0400

Why is Donald Trump within a whisker of the White House? Two-thirds of the country can’t even name the three branches of government. If we don’t revitalize civics education, we will be entrusting our future to people who know little to nothing of the way our government works. The way we are going, one of these days a Bernie Sanders or, heaven help us, a Donald Trump will not just be a candidate for president. He will actually become president, writes Max Boot.


Republicans Are Paying the Price for Their Addiction to Their Own Media

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:34:57 -0400

This election year is memorable for many reasons but among the most important is showing Republicans the cost of their infatuation with “alternative” news sources. The right’s addiction to its own news has become destructive. Whether Trump wins or loses, conservatives need to re-evaluate their infatuation with “alternative” news sources that tell them what they want to hear and join a more mainstream conversation that includes different points of view.


Here’s How America Should Play its Winning Hand for Long-Run Economic Growth

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:54:05 -0400

The progress our economy has made since the financial crisis is real. So, too, is the sense that our country is adrift, writes CFR's Robert E. Rubin.


Bill Clinton’s Post-Presidential Adventures in Philanthropy and Legacy Building

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:04:42 -0400

The American people tend not to trust Hillary Clinton, despite her and Bill’s best efforts to combat these sentiments. In this review of Joe Conason's book, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton, Carla Anne Robbins explores why the Clintons have had trouble with their public image.


The Doubts of Alan Greenspan

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:14:36 -0400

In this intriguing prequel to his upcoming book, Sebastian Mallaby reveals a new side to controversial former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan. Greenspan was often accused of trusting too much in markets and being blind to the effects of bubbles, but Mallaby shows that Greenspan, in fact, was the man who knew.


Trade Policy Has Become Politically Unpopular. These Steps Could Help Rehabilitate It.

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:56:40 -0400

Trade Policy Has Become Politically Unpopular. These Steps Could Help Rehabilitate It. This piece is based on a new CFR discussion paper authored by Edward Alden and Robert E. Litan, titled “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States.”


Human Soldiers Will Always Cause Human Tragedies

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:56:58 -0400

Tragedies keep occurring in war, despite the best intentions of U.S. troops. Micah Zenko provides recommendations to reduce the inevitable human errors in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq that have led to avoidable civilian casualties.