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Published: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:15:42 -0400

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A Conversation With Arun Jaitley

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:42:08 -0400

Arun Jaitley discusses the status of India’s economy, its relationship with the United States, and its place in the world economy.


A Taiwanese Man’s Detention in Guangdong Threatens a Key Pillar of Cross-Straits Relations

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:08:33 -0400

In this article Jerome Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen examine the case of Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese human rights activist who was detained in China, and the risks his detention poses for cross-strait relations. 


Jakarta Election Signals Erosion of Religious Tolerance

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:26:15 -0400

The rise of hard-line identity politics at the center of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election raises questions about Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance, says CFR’s Karen Brooks.


The Role of Religion in Indonesian Democracy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:30:02 -0400

Jakob Tobing, Alwi Shihab, Azyumardi Azra, and Amin Abdullah discuss the role of religion in Indonesian democracy. 


Can India Save the Warming Planet?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:35:48 -0400

With its population and living standards rising quickly, India is a wild-card country that could prevent the world from limiting global warming to sought-for levels—or it could help make the difference in a better future. For the country to make a low-carbon transition, technical and financial support from other nations will be crucial, writes Varun Sivaram. 


Sound and Fury

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:49:20 -0400

The dropping of the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan shouldn’t be cause for unseemly celebration; instead it should be taken as a sign that the war in Afghanistan isn't going well.


Small Footprint, Small Payoff

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:38:15 -0400

Stephen Biddle, Julia McDonald, and Ryan Baker argue that training, equipping, and advising partner militaries is an increasingly popular alternative to large U.S. ground force deployments in places like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and many other places where the United States has real but limited interests at stake. Yet SFA has often yielded disappointing results in actual practice. The authors explain this pattern as the result of systematic interest misalignment between the United States and the partners it must work with in these kinds of missions—and argue that these problems are only partly remediable. The authors present ways to do better at the margin, but also argue that underlying interest misalignment will limit this tool's likely utility in the future, and that U.S. decision makers must take this into account when deciding when, where, and how to use it. 


North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:36:29 -0400

George Perkovich, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's options on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.


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Reducing Tensions Between Russia and NATO

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:33:49 -0400

Tensions between Russia and NATO are high, making escalatory rhetoric, dangerous military encounters, and conflict frighteningly real. Please join us for a discussion on a new approach to U.S. policy toward Russia, with speakers Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin professor of political science at Barnard College, and Ambassador Alexander R. Vershbow, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council.


Forget the Subs: What Taipei Can Learn From Tehran About Asymmetric Defense

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:59:33 -0400

Ahead of the Donald Trump-Xi Jinping summit this week at Mar-a-Lago, Taiwan is understandably anxious. Trump’s ascendance to the American presidency has injected uncertainty into the U.S. approach to China and Taiwan — an element of foreign policy that is traditionally carefully calibrated to avoid upsetting the precarious cross-strait arrangement.


The Potential for Progress at the US-China Meeting

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:07:53 -0400

The trajectory of the next four years will hinge on whether both sides can avoid a trade or any other kind of war, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Putting Pressure on China Probably Won’t Help U.S. Workers. Here’s What Might.

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:51:20 -0400

The U.S.-China relationship is one issue on which President Trump’s instincts are at least partly right — for China, let’s be honest, does not always play fair in international economic relations. It has limited respect for intellectual property; it subsidizes strategic industries with bargain loans and export credits; it uses government power over procurement to favor domestic firms.


How Trump Can Get Xi to Yes on North Korea

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:47:06 -0400

President Trump should take into consideration China’s security interests in order to effectively persuade President Xi Jinping to use leverage on North Korea.


Xi Meets Trump

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:16:12 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Ely Ratner examine President Donald J. Trump's first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.


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Trump Is Making a Huge Mistake by Giving VIP Treatment to China

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:57:44 -0400

If President Trump wants to get tough on China, hosting President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago later this week is a big step in the wrong direction.


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.


How China Is Preparing for Cyberwar

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:33:50 -0400

The United States and China have made progress on curbing commercial cyberespionage. Now, the global powers need to set limits when it comes to digital warfare. 


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.


U.S.-India Relations

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:05:06 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Alyssa Ayres examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on India.


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Trump's America First Agenda

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:56:07 -0400

“U.S. allies in Asia will want to make sure that the new administration understands their contributions to regional stability, as well as their perspectives on the sources of instability in Asia,” writes CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith. 


America Needs an "Engage and Contain" Strategy for China

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:06:21 -0400

According to Ambassador Robert Blackwill, previous U.S. strategies of "engaging and hedging" with respect to China have failed. Will the Trump administration develop the right grand strategy to deal with China and protect U.S. vital interests?


Don’t Buy China’s Peace Plan For North Korea

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:47:22 -0500

In a matter of weeks, all of China’s fears have come to a head on the Korean Peninsula. At an airport in Malaysia in mid-February, the exiled half-brother of North Korea’s ruler was assassinated with a nerve agent, reminding the world that the Hermit Kingdom is run by a paranoid and violent regime. Closer to home, North Korea conducted two rounds of ballistic missile tests in stark violation of UN Security Council resolutions.


Is THAAD the Start of a U.S.-China Arms Race?

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:50:51 -0500

“For Tokyo, this decision by Seoul and Washington [to move forward with the THAAD system] is as much about U.S. staying power as it is about Pyongyang’s missile launches. Just beyond the horizon, the influence of Beijing looms too large for Tokyo’s comfort,” writes CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith.



China Wins if NAFTA Dies

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:05:07 -0500

By far the biggest winner if NAFTA ends will be China, writes Shannon O’Neil. As for the losers, “are thousands of small and medium-sized American businesses, which are more likely to export to Mexico than anywhere else in the world.”


How North Korea Evades UN Sanctions Through International "Front" Companies

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:32:34 -0500

North Korean sanctions evasion has largely eviscerated the intent and impact of UN sanctions resolutions designed to block international financial and material support for North Korean nuclear and missile development efforts. Aside from the obvious Chinese loophole, the assassination of Kim Jong Nam has shone a bright light on another major portal for North Korean illicit actions and sanctions evasion: Malaysia.


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.


'A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA'

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:36:31 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses his new book, A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA.


Expanding South Korea’s Security Role in the Asia-Pacific Region

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:08:41 -0500

South Korea is a Northeast Asian power with a global presence, yet its geopolitical influence in Southeast Asia is rarely exercised.


There Are Echoes of the CIA’s Long War in Laos in Today’s War on Terror

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:06:29 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses how the CIA’s secret war in Laos, waged with little oversight by Congress or interest by the U.S. public, was a precursor to today’s global war on terror. 


Better a Stalemate Than Defeat in Afghanistan

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:20:19 -0500

Without a major surge in force levels, the best outcome that the United States can hope for in Afghanistan is that the Taliban will tire of fighting and pursue peace, writes CFR’s Max Boot.