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Published: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:37:53 -0400

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Dark Democratic Dysfunction

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:22:19 -0400

Charles Kupchan discusses Brexit’s official beginning—the outcome of democratic choice—with historical and economic implications for international order. 


We’re About to Find Out Exactly How Populist Britain Really Is

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:04:38 -0400

Britain’s Theresa May is in many ways the anti-Trump. Though her Brexit mandate carries the same populist message, she has tamed it with evasive statements. As the moment of reckoning for Britain’s relationship with the EU approaches, however, the inevitable tradeoffs associated with her agenda will be harder to anesthetize.


Presidential Elections in France: Results and Consequences

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:07:00 -0400

Experts discuss the current candidates in the upcoming French presidential election, their foreign policy agendas, and the possible repercussions new policies may have on France’s relationships with the European Union and the United States.


The Deep State Mirage in Turkey

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:34:25 -0400

Turkey, as well as Egypt and Pakistan, are places where belief in the existence of a deep state is prominent, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. This is partly a function of the fact that these are also countries where there is little transparency and citizens have few avenues by which to hold officials accountable.


Five Myths About Turkey

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:59:54 -0400

There remain many misconceptions about modern Turkey among Americans, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. The country is not a democracy, its president is not a dictator, many state institutions are not secular, it does not have a Kurdish problem, and it is the product of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s modernist vision of Anatolian society.


Global Economics Monthly March 2017

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:46:59 -0400

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn writes that Greece and its creditors are again locked in a showdown over reforms, cash, and debt relief. Another cliff-hanger ahead of heavy July debt payments looks likely. Extend-and-pretend is a dead end for Greece and an increasingly populist Europe, and a more ambitious agreement seems ruled out by bailout fatigue in creditor countries. Markets are once again underestimating the risks of “Grexit.”


Trump and Merkel Need to Find a Way to Work Together

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:07:26 -0400

One of the most important meetings of Donald Trump’s young presidency will take place on Tuesday, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes to Washington. Europe is America’s most important partner and Germany guides Europe.


Dutch Elections and the Future of the EU

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:55:20 -0500

The rise of populist Geert Wilders in the Netherlands is showcasing the pressing need for European Union reform, says expert Pieter Cleppe.


Reducing Tensions Between Russia and NATO

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:15:37 -0500

Kimberly Marten outlines how U.S. policymakers can deter Russian aggression with robust support for NATO, while reassuring Russia of NATO’s defensive intentions through clear words and actions based in international law.


Islam in Europe

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:32:46 -0500

Experts discuss the integration of Islam into greater European culture with the influx of refugees into the European Union, and the rise of far-right politics across the continent.


U.S.-EU Relations

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:43:47 -0500

CFR's Robert McMahon and Charles A. Kupchan examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on Europe.


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Turkey and the GCC: Cooperation Amid Diverging Interests

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:42:10 -0500

Since the ruling Justice and Development Party took power in November 2002, Turkey’s relations with Gulf Arab states have gone through four distinct phases, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. Turkey started out as a good neighbor and problem solver before it made a bid for regional leadership, which led to a period of estrangement and then an uneasy rapprochement today.


Europe or Anti-Europe?

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:41:03 -0500

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the conventional wisdom has been that a long, difficult recovery for eurozone economies will eventually lead to strong growth. But this narrative is losing credibility.


Renewed Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:48:16 -0500

The likelihood that Armenians and Azerbaijanis will clash over Nagorno-Karabakh in the next twelve months is high. This contingency planning memorandum details how the United States can prevent renewed conflict over the disputed region.


Germany and the Future of Europe

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:00:08 -0500

Mary Elise Sarotte discusses the role of German leadership in Europe and the world.


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Europe Is the West’s Last Defense Against Populism

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:16:38 -0500

Charlie Kupchan discusses the importance of a new social compact that better manages globalization, as the United States and United Kingdom move away from liberal international order. 


Charles A. Kupchan and Ely Ratner Join CFR as Senior Fellows

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:58:08 -0500

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes two experts on national security, Charles A. Kupchan and Ely Ratner, to its David Rockefeller Studies Program.


Reconciling U.S.-Turkish Interests in Northern Syria

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:40:28 -0500

The United States should consider the effects of its intervention in northern Syria on both Turkey and terrorist groups it seeks to destroy, and reconcile the contradictory aspects of its relationship with Turkey.


How Powerful Is France’s President?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:00:34 -0500

The winner of the presidential election this spring will heavily influence how France approaches foreign and domestic issues, including its future with the European Union.


The President's Inbox: Brexit

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:18:48 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Sebastian Mallaby examine President Donald Trump's priorities on Brexit.


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Britain’s Shocking Calm

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:10:05 -0500

Britons have taken a leap into the unknown. So why aren’t they scared?


Trump Says Europe Is in Trouble. He Has a Point.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:15:45 -0500

Germany’s foreign minister reports “astonishment and agitation.” The French president protests indignantly about unsolicited “outside advice .” Even Secretary of State John F. Kerry sees behavior that is “inappropriate.” President-elect Donald Trump’s weekend interview, in which he casually predicted the breakup of the European Union, has certainly attracted attention.


A Conversation With the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:47:26 -0500

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw discusses his tenure as deputy supreme allied commander Europe and provides his perspective on the strategic threats facing NATO.


What Are Turkey and Russia Doing in Syria?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:24:21 -0500

CFR's Steven Cook meets with Cathy Gilsinan of The Atlantic to provide some background on the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara.


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.