Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:09:16 -0500
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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:04:39 -0500
The next president says he wants to make deals, but his administration is going to be flying blind.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:38:20 -0500
CFR President Richard N. Haass, Director of Studies James M. Lindsay, and CFR.org Managing Editor Robert McMahon examine the world that President-Elect Donald Trump will inherit on Inauguration Day.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:47:02 -0500
Donald Trump is sworn into office, Detroit hosts an auto show, and Turkey's state of emergency continues.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:18:22 -0500
If Mr. Trump’s slavish devotion to Putin persists in office, it will continue to raise questions about the exact nature of their relationship. If the president-elect wants to put such suspicions to rest, he should get as tough with the Kremlin as he vows to do with America’s other enemies.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:02:16 -0500
“These are no ordinary times. It will not be business as usual in a world of disarray; as a result, it cannot be foreign policy as usual,” writes Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), in his latest book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order—a timely examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder. In three parts, the book contemplates the history of world order from the rise of the modern state system to the end of the Cold War; accounts for the momentous shifts in the last quarter century to shed light on the current state of affairs, and outlines specific steps to tackle the many challenges ahead.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:54:37 -0500
When Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil Corp.’s longtime chief executive and now Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of state, appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, he will get a lot of questions about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. If senators want a better conversation with Mr. Tillerson, they should get him to acknowledge—or dispute—the basic facts of Russian-American relations. Stephen Sestanovich presents three questions aimed at getting Tillerson to admit how much sanctions have accomplished.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:23:12 -0500
CFR President Richard N. Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace.
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:36:30 -0500
Contrary to his image as a “pragmatist,” former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died last week, brandished a moderate image that concealed the reality of his militancy, argues CFR’s Ray Takeyh with Reuel Gerecht. Instead, Rafsanjani was the most consequential architect of the theocracy’s machinery of repression and regional ambitions and a primary sponsor of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear aspirations.
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:32:56 -0500
Trump’s reaction to the Russia hack report suggests a guilty conscience and raises the question of why he fails to raise the slightest objection to Russia’s egregious misconduct
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:02:48 -0500
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un turns 33, President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the Philippines.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:34:34 -0500
CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Scott Snyder examine President-Elect Donald Trump's priorities on North Korea.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:06:56 -0500
Delegates from nineteen countries discuss how best to address challenges posed by the enduring threat of transnational terrorism, renewed prospect of territorial aggression, massive flows of migrants, and growing public skepticism of globalization and free trade.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:00:49 -0500
CFR President Richard Haass will discuss A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order with David Remnick of the New Yorker
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:44:19 -0500
Iraqi Kurds have enjoyed virtual autonomy for more than two decades, but formal independence might finally be in reach due to changing realities facing Iraq and Turkey, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook.
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:24:05 -0500
Last week’s rollout of new sanctions against Russia by the Obama administration answered many questions about Moscow’s alleged hacking activities. But it didn’t address one crucial question, writes Stephen Sestanovich.
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:15:14 -0500
Jay Winik commends President-elect Trump’s irrepressible spirit and boldness while simultaneously cautioning him to be mindful of the unique demands put upon the occupant of the Oval Office, as demonstrated through a collection of past presidencies.
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:09:14 -0500
How did the Obama administration become obsessed with freezing Israeli settlements, leading to the UN vote and Kerry speech that have brought such widespread condemnation? Elliott Abrams explains the history in National Review.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:36:19 -0500
Unconditional U.S. support could cause problems for Israel’s prime minister, argues Philip Gordon.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:55:28 -0500
John Kerry’s 75-minute apologia on Israel, peace, and the settlements contained no new ideas, but did further damage to Israel. Elliott Abrams explains the problem in The Weekly Standard.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:28:39 -0500
President Obama’s signature rebalance to the Pacific never really got off the ground. Could Trump succeed where he failed?
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:19:36 -0500
Elliott Abrams comments on the Obama administration’s abstention on the recent United Nations Security Council resolution.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:36:39 -0500
CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Steven A. Cook examine President-Elect Donald J. Trump's priorities in the Middle East.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:55:53 -0500
The Obama administration continues to search for some sort of payback against Vladimir Putin, so that Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election will not have been completely cost-free for the Russian president. Yet, by all accounts, President Barack Obama has rejected the idea of trying to expose the hidden wealth and financial shenanigans of the Putin inner circle. That, we are told, would be a big yawn: the Russian public just doesn’t care.
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.
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:46:27 -0500
It’s boring bureaucrats, not the erratic president, who will shape the next administration's policy toward Africa, argues CFR's John Campbell.
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:18:53 -0500
The meeting of U.S. and Japanese leaders in Pearl Harbor will be a reminder of the remarkable journey that transformed the two countries from adversaries to allies, writes CFR’s Sheila A. Smith.
Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:27:43 -0500
From Iran, to Rwanda, to Thailand, James M. Lindsay shares a list of the key contests in the year ahead.
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:07:37 -0500
CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Stephen Sestanovich examine President-Elect Donald Trump's priorities on Russia.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:40:21 -0500
Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is by all accounts a shrewd, pragmatic, and successful dealmaker. In another administration, he might have made an excellent secretary of State. Serving a president with a strong moral grounding and certain fixed principles, he might have been successful in sanding off the rough edges and making the compromises necessary to get things done. But under Donald Trump, a man of few if any discernible principles beyond a desire for self-aggrandizement, he would be a dangerous choice because his role will be not just to implement policy but—more than most previous secretaries of State—to shape it.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:06:58 -0500
In the coming year: populism remains on the ballot, great powers brace for change, challenges loom for news organizations, and the debate on automation and job creation continues.