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Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:30:22 -0500

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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 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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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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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.


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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Creating a Federally Sponsored Cyber Insurance Program

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:51:40 -0500

Federally backstopped cyber insurance could be used to address a series of widely recognized and persistent cybersecurity problems.


How Much Power Will Trump’s Foreign Policy Advisers Have?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:15:09 -0500

If the president-elect picks experienced foreign-policy advisors, it may improve his administration's strategic bargaining position and boost morale in the bureaucracy, writes Elizabeth N. Saunders


My Lloyd Cutler Rule of Law Lecture: "Law and the Use of Force: Challenges for the Next President"

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:49:19 -0500

CFR’s John Bellinger publishes excerpts of his Sixth Annual Lloyd Cutler Lecture on Rule of Law at the Supreme Court, regarding presidential use of force and the bounds of domestic and international law.


Mending the Broken Dialogue: Military Advice and Presidential Decision-Making

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:19:24 -0500

Through improved education, strong executive leadership, and changes to procedure and doctrine, the civil-military dialogue can be mended in order to confront new challenges to national security.


A Checklist for Mitt Romney to Consider Before Signing On as Trump’s Secretary of State

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:56:23 -0500

Donald Trump’s meeting with Mitt Romney this weekend has fueled speculation that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee may be Mr. Trump’s choice for secretary of state. If the president-elect makes the offer, Mr. Romney ought to be ready with a list of conditions for taking the job.


How to Talk to Donald Trump About Valuing U.S. Allies

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:45:10 -0500

Mr. Trump needs to understand that, in a world where the balance of power is changing, the point of alliances isn’t just to keep large powers from pushing small ones around.  It’s also to keep large powers from pushing us around. If a businessman-turned-president can’t see that, he’s got the wrong job, argues Stephen Sestanovich. 


Window on Washington: The Future of Trade

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:24:23 -0500

Experts discuss the future of U.S. trade policy in light of the recent election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency.


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Note to Trump, Putin Is Not Our Friend

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:37:09 -0500

Trump is too mercurial a figure to pursue any policy with any consistency, even a pro-Russia policy. We can only hope that Russia does not succeed in reestablishing its empire and swallowing some of America’s more vulnerable allies in Eastern Europe before Trump wakes up to the fact that Putin is not America’s friend.


The President's Inbox: Trade

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:44:32 -0500

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


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The Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:00:10 -0500

Susan Kaufman Purcell discusses the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.


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A Conversation With Penny Pritzker

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:45:56 -0500

This symposium will convene policymakers, business executives, and other opinion leaders for a candid analysis of online privacy, with a particular focus on the United States, the U.S.-European Union relationship, and big data.


Risks and Rewards of Big Data

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:15:24 -0500

Experts examine risk to privacy in a big data world, whether our notions of privacy should change, and whether the benefits of big data collection outweigh the privacy consequences.


Want America First? Try Free Trade

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:06:21 -0500

The best way to advance the interests of American workers and consumers is to negotiate better and stronger international agreements, argue CFR's Thomas J. Bollyky and Edward Alden. 


Is Reconciling the EU and U.S. Privacy Regimes Possible?

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:00:09 -0500

Experts present views on privacy in the European Union and the United States and identify areas of agreement and potential cooperation.


The State of Online Privacy in the United States

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:30:03 -0500

Experts provide an overview of the debate in the United States over online privacy.


Should China’s Neighbors Rely on the U.S. for Protection?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:09:31 -0500

"President-elect Trump will find out very quickly that our allies are less a liability and more the very strategic asset the U.S. needs," writes Sheila A. Smith, CFR senior fellow for Japan studies. 


America Should Act Now to Preserve Its Influence at the United Nations

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:33:12 -0500

For the first time in decades, the United Nations is undergoing a transition at exactly the same time as the United States. The term of the outgoing secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, ends on Dec. 31, and his successor, Antonio Guterres, takes over on Jan. 1, 2017. The United States must act soon to preserve our influence in the organization, as Elliott Abrams explains in The Washington Post.


Sebastian Mallaby Responds to Ben Bernanke

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:50:28 -0500

Sebastian Mallaby responds to former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s review of his biography on Alan Greenspan.


Trump Could Cause a Train Wreck at the Fed

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:42:04 -0500

Trump poses a serious threat to U.S. institutions, argues Sebastian Mallaby in a new Washington Post op-ed, and the Federal Reserve is right in the line of fire.