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Published: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:51:43 -0500

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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 provide his perspective on the strategic threats facing NATO.


Bolstering the UN Human Rights Council’s Effectiveness

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:27:44 -0500

U.S. leadership in the UNHRC can advance U.S. interests and lessen anti-Israel bias while supporting measures to avert and de-escalate human rights crises.


Future of U.S. Relationship with UN in Doubt

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:15:47 -0500

In his op-ed, Stewart Patrick analyzes prospects for U.S.-UN relations under President-Elect Trump and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who will both assume office in January 2017.


The United States Just Made Middle East Peace Harder

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:01:52 -0500

Last week the Obama administration abandoned Israel at the United Nations, allowing the passage of a damaging and hostile Security Council resolution. In an op-ed entitled “The United States Just Made Middle East Peace Harder” in The Washington Post, Elliott Abrams explained his views.


The West’s Post-Cold War Strategies Worked

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:11:47 -0500

This was a serious strategy pursued energetically by leaders of both the United States and Russia. For many years it seemed to work. That it has lately yielded to acrimony and division does not mean there was a better choice, argues Stephen Sestanovich. 


'Responsibility to Protect?' Empty Words After Aleppo

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:54:12 -0500

"The duty to prevent and halt genocide and mass atrocities lies first and foremost with the State, but the international community has a role that cannot be blocked by the invocation of sovereignty."

The United Nations said that in 2005 about its "responsibility to protect." It's the concept that "if a State is manifestly failing to protect its populations, the international community must be prepared to take collective action to protect populations."

And here is what UN officials said this week when describing what is happening in Syria: "A complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo."


A Conversation With Ban Ki-moon

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:04:26 -0500

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses the role of the United Nations in a changing global landscape.


Media Files:

My Lloyd Cutler Rule of Law Lecture: "Law and the Use of Force: Challenges for the Next President"

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:49:19 -0500

CFR’s John Bellinger publishes excerpts of his Sixth Annual Lloyd Cutler Lecture on Rule of Law at the Supreme Court, regarding presidential use of force and the bounds of domestic and international law.


Want America First? Try Free Trade

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:06:21 -0500

The best way to advance the interests of American workers and consumers is to negotiate better and stronger international agreements, argue CFR's Thomas J. Bollyky and Edward Alden. 


Should China’s Neighbors Rely on the U.S. for Protection?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:09:31 -0500

"President-elect Trump will find out very quickly that our allies are less a liability and more the very strategic asset the U.S. needs," writes Sheila A. Smith, CFR senior fellow for Japan studies. 


America Should Act Now to Preserve Its Influence at the United Nations

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:32:23 -0500

As America and the United Nations face political transitions, the U.S. should not waste an opportunity to preserve its international interests, writes Elliott Abrams. 


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.


Post-Election, Will the U.S. Have an Asia Policy?

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:01:16 -0400

Among many challenges revealed during the 2016 presidential election to the Obama adminisration’s rebalance to Asia, Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, notes “it is the United States’ own commitment to the region that seems the most fragile.”


The Authoritarian Internet Power Grab

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:12:09 -0400

Gordon M. Goldstein and Robert M. McDowell address the stakes of the increasingly contentious struggle over who controls the future of the internet.


Duterte’s Flip-Flop Into Bed With China Is a Disaster for the United States

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:55:48 -0400

With the Philippine president ditching Washington for Beijing, the contest to control the South China Sea just got a lot more complicated.


The Crisis in U.S.-Israeli Relations

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:12:31 -0400

In a review essay in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon asks whether the United States and Israel are drifting apart and assesses proposals to keep them together.


Beijing and Taipei Should End Their Tug of War Over Repatriation of Criminal Suspects

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:24:29 -0400

In this op-ed Jerry Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen argue that both governments would benefit if China ceased a new policy of having Taiwanese criminals from third countries deported to China instead of Taiwan.


Global Order and the New Regionalism

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:03:16 -0400

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 Curse of Cash'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:58:20 -0400

Kenneth Rogoff discusses the 'Curse of Cash,' his new book about phasing out most paper money to fight crime and tax evasion—and to battle financial crises by tapping the power of negative interest rates.


Cyberspace, Terrorism and International Law

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:48:22 -0400

Governments have long worried about terrorists using the Internet to launch cyberattacks, spread propaganda, recruit and radicalise individuals and raise funds. However, the Islamic State’s exploitation of social media has caused a crisis and generated questions about international law’s role in addressing terrorism in cyberspace.


Compared to Trump, Goldwater Was a Sensible Moderate

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:23:10 -0400

Yes, Goldwater had hard-line views. But he backed alliances and understood the global order as something grander than a protection racket.


Global Economic Management and the G20: A Conversation with Jacob J. Lew

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:45:16 -0400

Jacob J. Lew discusses global economic management and the G20.


Media Files:

Responding to AIIB: U.S. Leadership at the Multilateral Development Banks in a New Era

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:52:20 -0400

U.S. officials should accommodate a larger role for emerging countries, particularly China, in the multilateral development bank system, but from a position of strength and with ambition for MDBs in U.S. policy. 


Multilateral Diplomacy in the Modern World: A Conversation With Tony Blinken

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:22:32 -0400

Tony Blinken discusses multilateral diplomacy and U.S. global leadership.


Media Files:

The Refugee Problem in New York

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:45:34 -0400

Every September, many of the world’s presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers descend on New York City to mark the start of the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass. This year, they will once again highlight the international community's inability to address a pressing global challenge.


The International Energy Agency's Hybrid Model

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:14:41 -0400

How It Manages Rising Powers—for Everyone's Benefit


Happy Talk for Anxious Allies

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:12:43 -0400

After all, Trump might not be worse than Carter.


The TPP Debate Has Devolved Into Generalizations. What’s Actually in the Deal?

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:19:24 -0400

U.S. President Barack Obama has promised to continue his push for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite firm opposition to the free trade agreement from both of the major candidates for president, including his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. “Right now, I’m the president and I think I’ve got the better argument,” he told reporters following a meeting Tuesday with Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong.


Can't Have It Both Ways in Iran

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:28:23 -0400

As the U.S. campaign season wears on, both Republicans and Democrats are pledging to stay tough on Iran. Such promises aren’t new. Last summer, as the Barack Obama administration unveiled its nuclear agreement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry assured skeptics that the United States would sustain essential sanctions that punish Tehran for its aid to terrorists, regional aggression, and human rights abuses.


Preserving a Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:28:56 -0400

A UN tribunal's ruling upholds the need for a rules-based order that counters China's efforts to turn the South China Sea region into a sphere of influence, says expert Andrew Erickson.