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Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 06:30:00 -0400

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The United States Is Losing Asia to China

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:57:30 -0400

With Washington in disarray, the Belt and Road Forum kicking off this weekend in Beijing should be a blaring wake up call that U.S. leadership in Asia is in peril.


International Cooperation in 2016 Deserves a Low Grade, Say Global Think Tank Leaders

Tue, 09 May 2017 09:32:30 -0400

The third annual Report Card on International Cooperation sharply downgraded its assessment of efforts to mitigate the world’s most vexing problems in 2016 to a C-, falling from a B grade in 2015.


South Korea at the Crossroads

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:00:46 -0400

In this CFR Book, Scott A. Snyder charts South Korea's foreign-policy choices in an increasingly uncertain Asia.


A Path Forward: A Conversation with Richard N. Haass and the Council of Councils

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:12:33 -0400

Experts present the findings of the 2016–2017 Council of Councils Report Card and discuss implications for global cooperation.


Boko Haram in Nigeria

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:49:14 -0400

John Campbell, CFR's Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, discusses the Boko Haram in Nigeria case study from Model Diplomacy, politics and security in West Africa and the Sahel, and governance in South Africa, as a part of the Model Diplomacy Instructors Conference Call series.

Model Diplomacy is a free educational product from CFR that uses role-play to demonstrate the challenges of shaping U.S. foreign policy in an interconnected world.


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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. 


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 Will Trump Get Us From Tomahawks to the Peace Table?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:51:12 -0400

While numerous questions remain as to how the Syrian conflict will end, all sides agree that talks should continue in Geneva. “The Geneva process is exhausting and frequently has felt futile,” writes Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, “…but it still exists and offers a framework to end these wars.”


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?


The Future of Europe: The EU at a Crossroads

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:34:22 -0400

Experts reflect on the development of the European Union (EU) since its creation with the Treaty of Maastricht twenty-five years ago, and evaluate the future of the EU and challenges that lie ahead.


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Dear Senators: Push Back Against Iran, but Not at the Expense of the Nuclear Deal

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:20:02 -0400

Writing in Foreign Policy, Philip Gordon and other former Obama administration officials argue that Congress should push back on Iran—but not at the expense of the nuclear deal. 


What U.S. Policymakers Can Learn From Brazil’s Anticorruption Gains

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:51:15 -0400

Matthew M. Taylor argues that Brazil’s gains in fighting corruption hold lessons for U.S. anticorruption policy around the world.


Arctic Imperatives

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:33:20 -0400

The Task Force finds that Alaska and the Arctic are of growing economic and geostrategic importance and recommends actions to improve the United States’ strategic presence in the Arctic region.


Preventing a Credibility Crisis in America's Most Important Alliance

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:30:24 -0500

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump revisited one of his favorite hobby horses: free-riding alliance partners.


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.”


Prevention Could Be Cure for a UN in Flux

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:39:55 -0500

In selecting António Guterres as the UN’s ninth secretary-general, member states endorsed a plan to breathe new life into the institution by refocusing its work on conflict prevention. Now in office, the question is whether they will work with him to do so, writes Megan Roberts in the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory


Cyber Strategy and Policy: International Law Dimensions

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:48:58 -0500

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 2, 2017, Matthew C. Waxman addressed some of the international law questions most relevant to cyber threats and U.S. strategy and made recommendations for U.S. leadership in the evolution of related international rules. Waxman argued that even though international law regarding cyber capabilities is not yet settled, existing rules can support a strong cyber defense strategy. Since many of the international law questions depend on specific, case-by-case facts, and are likely to be highly contested for a long time to come, the United States should continue to advance interpretations that support its strategic interests and effectively constrain other states’ behavior.


Trade, Social Preferences and Regulatory Cooperation

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:03 -0500

Global value chains have changed the way that the world trades. The World Trade Organization (WTO) should embrace the confluence of shared social preferences and trade, where it may exist such as digital trade, food and drug safety, and climate smart-agriculture, as a motivation for advancing international regulatory cooperation. To do that, changes to the corporate governance of the WTO are needed to facilitate the use of plurilateral agreements and to multilateralize progress already occurring bilaterally and regionally.


Should the U.S. Maintain Its Alliance with Saudi Arabia? Unfortunately, We’re Stuck With Them

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:56:32 -0500

Though Saudi Arabia will remain a strategic partner for the United States, they have proven themselves to be incompetent allies, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. If recent years are any indication, much of Saudi foreign policy has proven to be a failure.


The Role of the UN Secretary-General

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The UN’s top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda but its impact has varied widely among office holders since 1946.


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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The Rules of the Brave New Cyberworld

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:42:02 -0500

A chaotic, dangerous, cyber-enabled landscape is on the horizon. Can Trump—and the United States—define the rules and harness the power to build and contain it?


World Order 2.0

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:03:29 -0500

There is growing tension between President Trump’s America First doctrine and building order in an interconnected world, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Why The World Needs To Police The Growing Anarchy Of Cyberspace

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:11:05 -0500

Cyberspace is a largely ungoverned domain with a growing threat of disruptive acts. In the absence of a cyber regulatory regime, the United States must strengthen deterrence and bolster its resilience, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Regional Challenges to Global Governance

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:48:03 -0500

In a special section of Global Policy edited by Miles Kahler, five authors examine the opportunities and risks presented by regional institutions across five issue areas: finance, trade, development lending, human rights, and peace operations.


The Korean Pivot: Seoul’s Strategic Choices and Rising Rivalries in Northeast Asia

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:23:26 -0500

As U.S.-China tensions intensify and as the North Korean threat grows, the importance of the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) as a pivot state in East Asia and as a valuable ally for the United States has become clearer than ever.


World Order 2.0

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:24:22 -0500

There is growing tension between President Trump’s America First doctrine and building order in an interconnected world, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


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?


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.