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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:59:28 -0500

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Italian Vote Showcases European Discontent

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:24:12 -0500

The defeat of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reforms is another sign that voter anger over poor economic performance is driving anti-establishment politics across Europe, says CFR’s Sebastian Mallaby.


Europe Braces For Italy's Referendum

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:09:45 -0500

Italy’s vote on constitutional reforms, which may determine whether the country can escape its economic doldrums and rescue its ailing banking system, could have consequences for all of Europe, says CFR’s Robert Kahn.


Why Turkey Is Salivating for President Trump

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:39:20 -0500

Many within the Turkish political elite and their supporters, who disdain the American establishment, are supportive of the election of Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency, argues CFR’s Steven A. Cook. This, however, is based on a misreading of Turkey’s relationship with the American ruling class.


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 Brexit Breakup: Negotiating the Separation

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:55:05 -0500

Experts discuss the upcoming Brexit negotiations, the various settlement options, and the future relationship between Great Britain and the European Union.


R (Miller) versus Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:39:35 -0400

On November 3, 2016, the British parliament ruled that it must receive notice from the British government regarding the decision to leave the European Union.


Must Reads of the Week: Saudi Royalty, Dwelling on Brexit, and More

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:46:12 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of October 17–21, 2016.


Fall of the British Pound

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:54:43 -0400

Robert Kahn and Sebastian Mallaby discuss the recent decline in value of the British pound, the tie-in to Brexit, and the wider economic implications.


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A Conversation With Nikos Kotzias

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:16:54 -0400

Nikos Kotzias discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Greece.


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A Conversation With Matteo Renzi

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:10:33 -0400

Matteo Renzi discusses the political and economic issues facing Italy and the European Union.


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Britain’s Post-Brexit Warning for Americans Seduced by Trump

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:01:01 -0400

Donald Trump’s ungainly back-and-forth on immigration has a parallel in Britain, which is struggling to make sense of its own impetuous resolution to take control of its borders. Indeed, if Britain after the Brexit referendum is anything to go by, a Trump presidency would be dominated by zigzagging: sometimes to dilute past promises, sometimes to double down.


Global Economics Monthly August 2016

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:20:35 -0400

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn argues that markets have absorbed the initial economic shock from Brexit, but navigating the new landscape will remain a challenge. Two months after the vote, the politics of Brexit is producing a lengthy and uncertain renegotiation of Britain’s place in Europe and the world. Such extended uncertainty is likely to produce a long-lasting drag on both UK and European economies, which could ultimately threaten the viability of the European Union (EU).


The No-Bailout Principle

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 14:56:26 -0400

Benn Steil’s review of Joseph Stiglitz’s new book, The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, for the Wall Street Journal weekend edition. 


Turkey Is No Longer a Reliable Ally

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:12:55 -0400

The fallout between the United States and Turkey after the failed coup demonstrates that Ankara and Washington no longer share values or interests, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook with Michael J. Koplow. It is time for the United States to search for more reliable allies.


Scotland After Brexit

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:22:42 -0400

As a result of the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom is likely to see another Scottish independence referendum in its future, says Chatham House’s Richard G. Whitman


The Islamic State’s Bloody Summer

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:50:32 -0400

Despite facing territorial losses, the Islamic State shows no sign of relenting in its campaign to spread terror beyond Iraq and Syria, says journalist Rukmini Callimachi.


The Terrorist Past Has a Message for the Terrorist Present

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:35:05 -0400

History suggests that Europe’s current wave of terror can be ameliorated, if not entirely stopped.


How Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:57:13 -0400

The recent coup attempt in Turkey would not have ended democracy in the country, argues CFR’s Steven A. Cook. As President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has undermined whatever democratic progress Turkey has made in the early 2000s, there was no democracy for Turkey to lose.


Where the Turkish Military Fails, Egypt's Succeeds

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:53:36 -0400

While Egypt’s military leaders demonstrated unity of purpose when they overthrew President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, the officers involved in the recent coup attempt in Turkey were proven weak and divided, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. Key differences in the political role and public support of the Egyptian and Turkish militaries explain why one successfully overthrow an elected government and the other failed to.


Turkey Update: Erdogan’s Outlook and the Consequences of the Failed Coup

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:00:13 -0400

CFR's Steven A. Cook discusses the consequences of Turkey's failed coup.


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Turkey's Prospects After the Coup Attempt

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:32:00 -0400

Major tests lie ahead for Turkey's relations with the United States and European Union as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can be expected to consolidate power following a coup attempt, says expert Kemal Kirisci. 


Turkey Has Had Lots of Coups. Here’s Why This One Failed.

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 14:33:58 -0400

Rather than an opportunity for democracy, the failed coup will only consolidate Turkey’s elected autocracy, writes CFR's Steven A. Cook.


Turkey Has Had Lots of Coups. Here’s Why This One Failed.

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:30:31 -0400

The weekend’s coup attempt in Turkey failed because the plotters underestimated how much their country has changed since the last military intervention, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. That Turks can no longer tolerate military rule and that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains popular meant that the likelihood for the putsch’s success were slim.


Must Reads of the Week: The UK's New PM, Nationalism's Ascent, and More

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:49:32 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of July 11-July 15, 2016.


Brexit Is a Global Health Risk

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:13:45 -0400

New waves of nationalism in the U.K., U.S., and Europe could threaten the financing of programs that have saved millions of lives around the world.


Theresa May Must Contain the Brexit Damage — and More

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:05:28 -0400

Three months ago, before Britain descended into its “Game of Thrones”-esque madness, Theresa May delivered a speech on her country’s place in Europe — on sovereignty, prosperity and the dilemma of a midsize nation in an era of globalization. Unlike those campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union, she wielded real statistics, not fake ones.


Revisiting the Iraq War

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:26:30 -0400

The UK's Report of the Iraq Inquiry contains valuable lessons about how flawed assumptions can lead to dangerously flawed policies, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


How Britain Stays in the EU

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:41:58 -0400

Writing in Politico, Philip Gordon argues that once the full costs of British withdrawal from the European Union are clear, and actual alternatives are presented to voters, it might not happen at all.  


The Warsaw Summit: NATO Examines Itself, Again

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:20:53 -0400

At its Warsaw summit, NATO should try to find better solutions to the problem of burden-sharing and a more sustainable strategy for managing tensions with Russia, writes CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.


Does the U.K. Still Have a Claim to a U.N. Security Council Seat? Yes (More than Russia!)

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:41:25 -0400

Reacting to the Brexit vote, critics question whether the UK deserves a UN Security Council seat. If the British do not deserve a seat, then the Russians certainly do not, Elliott Abrams writes in National Review.