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Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 06:52:37 -0400

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Renegotiating NAFTA

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:24:30 -0400

Andres Rozental and Rohinton Medhora join CFR's James M. Lindsay in examining the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.


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Will FBI Sacking Affect National Security?

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:29:02 -0400

The dismissal of FBI Director James Comey raises concerns about the government’s ability to investigate Russian meddling in U.S. elections, and the broader national security role of the agency, says CFR’s Matthew Waxman.


France's Election Proves It—America Is Now an Example of What Not to Do

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:35:23 -0400

Americans have a long and ignoble tradition of telling jokes about the French. Old chestnuts such as “I'm selling a French rifle: Never shot, dropped only once” became popular again in 2003 when the French — wisely as it turns out — refused to join their U.S. allies in the invasion of Iraq. The House of Representatives cafeteria even renamed French fries, “freedom fries.” Turns out the joke’s on us.


Can Drug Importation Address High Generic Drug Prices?

Fri, 05 May 2017 14:49:43 -0400

Tom Bollyky and Aaron Kesselheim propose a sustainable strategy to address price spikes among U.S. generic drugs and improve patients’ access to safe medicines. They propose a three-pronged approach for increasing competition in the U.S. generic drug market, while minimizing any attendant risks to patient safety or undermining the institutional role of the FDA. This proposal centers on the use of reciprocal drug approval and draws on previous precedents and the existing platforms for regulatory cooperation in the pharmaceutical sector.


The Crisis in Venezuela

Fri, 05 May 2017 14:05:12 -0400

Experts discuss the ongoing political and economic upheaval in Venezuela, including how policies implemented over the past fifteen years are shaping the current crisis.

Julia Buxton, Senior Advisor, Venezuela, Oxford Analytica Inc.
Shannon K. O'Neil, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Jason Fargo, Latin America Team Leader, Energy Intelligence Group, Inc.


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Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:35:07 -0400

It looks like U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to reduce the foreign aid budget will come at a cost to his administration's other aims in South and Central Asia. Some of the cuts come as no surprise as they target programs, like climate change, that the president came into office determined to roll back. But others will undermine stated administration priorities, such as regional counterterrorism and cooperation with India. 


Why Trump Was Right to Invite Duterte to the White House

Wed, 03 May 2017 16:04:20 -0400

President Trump raised hackles over the weekend by offering a White House invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president accused of abetting deaths squads and extrajudicial killings as part of his signature war on drugs. Victims have numbered in the thousands, reported to include not only small-time users and petty criminals, but also political opponents and even children.


Making Chile Great Again

Wed, 03 May 2017 11:57:42 -0400

Since its return to democracy in 1990, Chile has been heralded as Latin America’s exception, writes Shannon O’Neil. But in the present, “this tranquillity has come to an end, and the economic and social consensus of the postauthoritarian years has crumbled.”


If Trump Would Only Stop Tweeting, He Might Actually Be a Good President

Mon, 01 May 2017 10:31:41 -0400

The White House’s foreign policy is normal. The commander-in-chief isn’t, writes Max Boot. 


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.


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Teaching With Model Diplomacy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:45:59 -0400

Brandon J. Archuleta, Alynna J. Lyon, Earl Anthony Wayne, and Allison Stanger discuss using CFR's Model Diplomacy simulation in class with their students.


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U.S. Immigration Policy and Refugee Resettlement

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:51 -0400

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Camille J. Mackler, Eric Schwartz, and Alexandra Fuenmayor Starr discuss immigration policy and refugee resettlement in the United States.


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.