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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:39:53 -0400
Experts discuss the most important flashpoints in international affairs for the current administration.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:00:30 -0400
Adam Segal discusses the increasingly contentious geopolitics of cyberspace and cybersecurity policies.
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.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:21:44 -0400
It is important that President Vladimir Putin not conclude that continued use of force is a viable path to make Russia great again, writes CFR's Richard N. Haass.
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.
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.
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:14:57 -0400
Iran has restricted its nuclear program and given international inspectors unprecedented access, but it has not seen the economy recovery expected in the aftermath of the agreement with international powers.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:44:06 -0400
Far from decisive, Trump’s decision to fire cruise missiles against a single air base in Syria was reminiscent of the kind of low-risk cruise missile attacks that Republicans have mocked in the past for their symbolic, ineffectual nature. While it is a good thing Trump did act, it is hard to know what larger lessons about U.S. policy in the world or in Syria itself one can draw from this decision. The Trump doctrine appears to be: The United States reserves the right to use force whenever the president is upset by something he sees on TV.
Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:23:32 -0400
But the president might be the last to know it.
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.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:28:57 -0400
Syria's breach of its treaty obligations has led to broad international support for U.S. military action, says CFR's Lori Esposito Murray.
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:05:54 -0400
The right move, if the wrong president, for Obama's internal critics who wanted air strikes in Syria for three years.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:24:38 -0400
If the war Obama and the Pentagon struggled to avoid is now upon us, it's likely to make a bad situation worse
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.
Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:44:30 -0400
The United States and its allies have a rare second chance to punish Syria for attacking civilians with chemical weapons or else risk the further weakening of global norms against the use of weapons of mass destruction, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:28:07 -0400
The United States has just launched a missile attack against Syrian air bases, apparently in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. (The attack apparently was launched in the middle of President Trump's dinner with Chinese President Xi, and is not likely to make the Chinese very happy.)
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:10:29 -0400
The Trump administration has commenced its Nuclear Posture Review with the Department of Defense taking the lead. Experts from the Departments of State and Energy must be included in this process, argues CFR’s Rebecca Lissner.
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:00:53 -0400
Carrying out a cyberattack that successfully disrupts grid operations would be extremely difficult but not impossible. The United States should take measures to prevent a cyberattack on its power grid and mitigate the potential harm should preventive efforts fail.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:03:07 -0400
President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined the term.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:09:53 -0400
In an election decided by just 70,000 votes in three states, it is hard to dismiss the possibility that the Russian intervention could, in fact, have tilted the outcome. That would make this the most consequential computer hack in history, but was it an act of war?
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:37:52 -0400
Trump’s repeated mischaracterizations of the U.S.-Mexico relationship undermine vital U.S. interests. Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill and Theodore Rappleye assess his many untrue statements and emphasize the dangers they pose to the United States.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:10:03 -0400
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that it’s time for those in support of female service members to move off the sidelines and demonstrate their support.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:22:35 -0400
Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's budget blueprint.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:34 -0400
Angela E. Stent discusses the current state of U.S.-Russia relations.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:49:15 -0400
Writing in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon offers a vision of how President Trump could stumble—through bluster, wishful thinking, and miscalculation—into war with Iran, China, and North Korea.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:53:17 -0400
The Arctic should be a major consideration in discussions of U.S. national security, says Thad Allen, co-chair of CFR’s Independent Task Force on the Arctic.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:35:46 -0400
Experts discuss U.S. policy priorities for the Arctic.