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China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:38:05 -0400

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.


If Trump Would Only Stop Tweeting, He Might Actually Be a Good President

Mon, 01 May 2017 10:31:41 -0400

The White House’s foreign policy is normal. The commander-in-chief isn’t, writes Max Boot. 


The Future of News and the Information Revolution

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:49:41 -0400

Experts examine how the media industry is adapting to the changing information landscape, from traditional news sources to social and digital platforms, and the effects of these changes on how the public receives their news and analyzes U.S. foreign policy.


The Changing Role of Media

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:34:10 -0400

Experts discuss the changing role of the media within this administration and beyond and how the media should proceed to cover the Trump presidency. 


How To Restore Free Speech on Campus

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:16:42 -0400

Elliott Abrams reflects on free speech and his recent visit to University of California, Berkeley.


U.S. Immigration Policy and Refugee Resettlement

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:51 -0400

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Camille J. Mackler, Eric Schwartz, and Alexandra Fuenmayor Starr discuss immigration policy and refugee resettlement in the United States.


Jakarta Election Signals Erosion of Religious Tolerance

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:26:15 -0400

The rise of hard-line identity politics at the center of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election raises questions about Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance, says CFR’s Karen Brooks.


The Role of Religion in Indonesian Democracy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:30:02 -0400

Jakob Tobing, Alwi Shihab, Azyumardi Azra, and Amin Abdullah discuss the role of religion in Indonesian democracy. 


The Intersection of Religious Freedom and Women's Rights

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:00:41 -0400

Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz discusses the intersection of religious freedom and women's rights around the world.


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The Trump Doctrine Was Written By CNN

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.


Fake News Has a Long History in the Middle East—and the Lessons for Americans Are Unmistakably Dire

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:52:34 -0400

News in the United States is being falsified and weaponized in similar ways as in Egypt and Turkey, argues Steven A. Cook. However, unlike citizens in the Middle East, American consumers of fake news may not be aware that they are being manipulated.


Ending South Sudan’s Civil War

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:24 -0400

Katherine Almquist Knopf discusses the ongoing violence in South Sudan and policy options for ending the civil war.


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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.


Enforcing Deportation

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:26:17 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Edward Alden examine the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies.


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Religious Freedom in the United States

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:22 -0500

John Gallagher shares perspectives on the Trump administration’s approach to religious freedom in the United States.


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The Legal Fight Over Trump’s Authority

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:27:36 -0500

The battle over the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration raises weighty constitutional questions involving presidential power and the judiciary’s role in national security, explains expert Cristina Rodriguez.


Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Syria

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:00:57 -0500

Neal Keny-Guyer discusses the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria.


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Are We Experiencing a Slow-Motion, Turkish-Style Coup? Or Our Own Arab Spring?

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:16:53 -0500

Corrupting the media, spreading chaos, and subverting the rule of law—it's what authoritarian regimes do best, argues Steven A. Cook. 


Immigration Executive Order

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:28:18 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Edward Alden examine President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.


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Trump's Ban Undermines Iraqi Cooperation Against Islamic State

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:52:55 -0500

Meghan O’Sullivan argues that the Trump Administration’s immigration ban undermines the United States’ ability to secure Iraqi cooperation against the Islamic State, thereby jeopardizing the United States ability to defeat the terror group.


Who’s Really Worried About the Travel Ban? The Arab States That Want to Work With Trump.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:23:05 -0500

Writing in the Washington Post, Philip Gordon discusses the impact of the administration’s refugee policy on the Middle East, and warns that the worst could be yet to come. 


Countering Religious Extremism: A Conversation with Michael B. Curry

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:26:21 -0500

Bishop Michael B. Curry reflects on his recent trip to Ghana and discusses the role religious communities can play in countering radicalization and violent extremism.


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Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:53:28 -0500

President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order 13769 on January 27, 2017, and was added to the federal register as 82 FR 8977, 2/1/17. Through this document, citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen were banned from entering the United States for ninety days.


Can Trump Carry Out His Foreign Policy Promises?

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:53:29 -0500

President Donald J. Trump has wide latitude to enact the sweeping changes to U.S. foreign policy that he has promised, but his executive authority is constrained by congressional legislation, treaty obligations, and bureaucratic processes.


The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:30:35 -0500

Lamin Sanneh discusses the origin and evolution of the Muslim pacifist tradition in West Africa highlighting Islam's role in fostering political moderation, religious tolerance, and social pluralism throughout the region.


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 End of an Era

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:55:06 -0500

“In selecting a president who campaigned openly on trade and immigration restrictions, the United States has called a halt to a half century of openness. Whether the next four years become a wholesale retreat from the world or merely a pause for retooling now rests on the shoulders of perhaps the most mercurial and least-experienced man ever elected to the nation's highest office,” argues Edward Alden after the election of Donald Trump. 


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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