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Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:10:36 -0500

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Advancing Diplomatic Engagement with Religious Peacemakers

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:00:03 -0500

Joyce S. Dubensky and Azza Karam discuss the role of peacemakers in conflict resolution.


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Human Rights and Duterte’s War on Drugs

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:56:29 -0500

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings, raising human rights concerns, says expert John Gershman in this interview.


The Future of Liberal Democracy

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:17 -0500

Shadi Hamid discusses the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and the role of identity, morality, and religion in American politics.


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Niall Ferguson’s “Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist” Wins 2016 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:11:43 -0500

Historian Niall Ferguson has won the fifteenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist (Penguin Press), the first in a two-volume biography of the former national security advisor Henry A. Kissinger, and will receive $15,000. On December 14, CFR will honor Ferguson—a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and Harvard University’s Center for European Studies—and the other awardees at a cocktail reception hosted by Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs and chair of the independent award jury.


Bonus: The President's Inbox: Immigration

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:26:41 -0500

The World Next Week is on hiatus this week. In the meantime, listen to the third episode of The President's Inbox, which examines President-Elect Donald Trump's immigration priorities. 


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The President's Inbox: Immigration

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:15:06 -0500

In the third episode of The President's Inbox, CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Edward Alden examine President-Elect Donald Trump's immigration priorities. 


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Immigration and the Changing Face of America

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:30:42 -0500

Policy experts and scholars of religion discuss immigration and demographic trends in the United States.


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A Conversation With Penny Pritzker

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:45:56 -0500

This symposium will convene policymakers, business executives, and other opinion leaders for a candid analysis of online privacy, with a particular focus on the United States, the U.S.-European Union relationship, and big data.


Risks and Rewards of Big Data

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:15:24 -0500

Experts examine risk to privacy in a big data world, whether our notions of privacy should change, and whether the benefits of big data collection outweigh the privacy consequences.


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 State of Online Privacy in the United States

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:30:03 -0500

Experts provide an overview of the debate in the United States over online privacy.


Race, Religion, and Partisanship in the United States

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:30:37 -0500

Robert P. Jones discusses race, religion, and partisanship in the United States in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.


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In an Echo Chamber, Journalists Go Deaf

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:24:08 -0500

In addressing the question of how America was so wrong in predicting the 2016 presidential election, Gayle Lemmon notes that “the problem lies not just in the geography, but in the mindset of journalists.” A journalist by training, Lemmon speaks of the elite echo chamber in which journalists often operate and urges writers to speak with, understand, and respect the broader American public.


Enough, America. Stop Talking About Election Day Revolution.

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:18:42 -0400

America's pretend soldiers are threatening to cross the line from dissent to insurrection on Tuesday. America's military is not, writes Gayle Tzeman Lemmon.


A Conversation With Ai Weiwei

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:08:31 -0400

Famous Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei discusses art, politics, human rights, and China's future.


War Goes Viral

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:59:48 -0400

Social media has altered the nature of war, argue Emerson T. Brooking and P.W. Singer. The viral propaganda of the self-declared Islamic State, Russian disinformation campaigns, and Chinese cyber-nationalism are all indications of a more fundamental shift in conflict—a revolution that threatens to catch U.S. policymakers and social media companies off guard. 


America Is Turning Into a Confederacy of Dunces

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:53:23 -0400

Why is Donald Trump within a whisker of the White House? Two-thirds of the country can’t even name the three branches of government. If we don’t revitalize civics education, we will be entrusting our future to people who know little to nothing of the way our government works. The way we are going, one of these days a Bernie Sanders or, heaven help us, a Donald Trump will not just be a candidate for president. He will actually become president, writes Max Boot.


Republicans Are Paying the Price for Their Addiction to Their Own Media

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:34:57 -0400

This election year is memorable for many reasons but among the most important is showing Republicans the cost of their infatuation with “alternative” news sources. The right’s addiction to its own news has become destructive. Whether Trump wins or loses, conservatives need to re-evaluate their infatuation with “alternative” news sources that tell them what they want to hear and join a more mainstream conversation that includes different points of view.


Caring for Creation

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:52 -0400

Paul Douglas and Mitchell C. Hescox discuss faith, science, and responsible stewardship of the environment.


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Must Reads of the Week: Siberian Energy, Germany's Refugee Debate, and More

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:31:29 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of September 19–23, 2016.


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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New Survey Finds Critical Gaps in College-Aged Students’ Global Literacy

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:22:27 -0400

The results of a survey commissioned by the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Geographic Society highlight significant gaps in what college-aged students understand about the world and what they need to know in order to contend with a world that is more interconnected than ever.


What College-Aged Students Know About the World: A Survey on Global Literacy

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:30:07 -0400

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and National Geographic have commissioned a survey to gauge what young people educated in American colleges and universities know about geography, the environment, demographics, U.S. foreign policy, recent international events, and economics.


Civil War Within Nigerian Islam

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:17:26 -0400

There is a leadership struggle underway within Boko Haram, the violent, extremist movement that has claimed more than 20,000 lives since 2011 and destabilized the secular Nigerian state and its neighbors. The personal struggle between Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi reflects in part the rivalry between Boko Haram and a splinter group, “Ansaru,” and are part of a complex, intra-Muslim conflict across the Sahel, including competition between rival al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Islamic State.


Must Reads of the Week: Education for Migrants, the Pension Crisis, and More

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:39:32 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of August 22–26, 2016.


The Persecution of Religious Minorities

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:39 -0400

Thomas J. Reese discusses the persecution of religious minorities around the world.


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Must Reads of the Week: Rio Games, Refugees in Greece, and More

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:14:34 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of August 1-5, 2016.


Media Call: The Struggle for Israel

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:48:14 -0400

Contributors to Foreign Affairs' July/August issue discuss the profound changes Israel is undergoing, and what they mean for its politics, society, and relationships with the United States and other Middle Eastern countries.


Implications of the 2016 Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:00:12 -0400

Elizabeth Prodromou and Nathanael Symeonides discuss the June 2016 Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church.


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The Future of Global Supply Chains

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:49:14 -0400

CFR hosted a workshop to explore how globalized production patterns are evolving, the risks they face, and how companies and countries can improve compliance and resilience across supply chains through new trade standards, legal regimes, and policies.