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Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 06:31:05 -0400

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Media Call: President Trump's Middle East Agenda

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:01:41 -0400

After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House next week, President Donald J. Trump will embark on his first international trip on May 19, with stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel. Panelists on this on-the-record teleconference discussed the significance of the president's visit and his objectives in the region, particularly as they pertain to the fight against the self-declared Islamic State and forging a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.


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Trump Should Be Wary of Putin’s Syria Plan

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:39:23 -0400

The deal Russia is offering would empower America’s adversaries far more than America’s friends, writes Stephen Sestanovich. 


The World Next Week: May 11, 2017

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:50:36 -0400

China hosts a global forum on the Silk Road initiative, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to the United States, and Iran holds a presidential election.


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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.


France's Election Proves It—America Is Now an Example of What Not to Do

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:35:23 -0400

Americans have a long and ignoble tradition of telling jokes about the French. Old chestnuts such as “I'm selling a French rifle: Never shot, dropped only once” became popular again in 2003 when the French — wisely as it turns out — refused to join their U.S. allies in the invasion of Iraq. The House of Representatives cafeteria even renamed French fries, “freedom fries.” Turns out the joke’s on us.


Russiagate: Trump Is Trying to Put Out a Fire With More Smoke

Mon, 08 May 2017 12:55:19 -0400

There’s a lot we know—and even more we don’t know—regarding the Kremlin interference in the U.S. election last year. The most important thing we know is that there was interference. This is the consensus, “high confidence” assessment of the U.S. intelligence community, which further concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump. That in and of itself is scandalous enough. What we don’t know—and need to find out—is whether the Trump campaign actively colluded with this Russian operation and, more broadly, what links if any exist between the U.S. president and the dictator in the Kremlin.


Uncertainty Among U.S. Allies in Northeast Asia

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:44:01 -0400

As tensions in Northeast Asia grow over Pyongyang’s nuclear pursuits, collective action is the only way to bring stability to the region, writes CFR’s Sheila A. Smith. 


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.


After Macron Win, Political Challenges Await

Sun, 07 May 2017 17:33:33 -0400

Political newcomer Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory in France's presidential elections, but the new president will face major challenges to form a governing coalition, says CFR's Charles A. Kupchan.


Human Rights and Diplomacy

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:33:54 -0400

David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's human rights policy.


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The World Next Week: May 4, 2017

Thu, 04 May 2017 17:18:07 -0400

France and South Korea hold pivotal presidential elections and the Arctic Council meets in Alaska.


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Understanding South Korea’s Tense Election

Thu, 04 May 2017 11:39:47 -0400

South Korea’s tumultuous political season culminates in a May 9 presidential election, with complicated ties with the United States looming and the favored candidate backing a softer stance toward North Korea, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder.


Why Trump Was Right to Invite Duterte to the White House

Wed, 03 May 2017 16:04:20 -0400

President Trump raised hackles over the weekend by offering a White House invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president accused of abetting deaths squads and extrajudicial killings as part of his signature war on drugs. Victims have numbered in the thousands, reported to include not only small-time users and petty criminals, but also political opponents and even children.


Making Chile Great Again

Wed, 03 May 2017 11:57:42 -0400

Since its return to democracy in 1990, Chile has been heralded as Latin America’s exception, writes Shannon O’Neil. But in the present, “this tranquillity has come to an end, and the economic and social consensus of the postauthoritarian years has crumbled.”


Iran’s Presidential Test

Mon, 01 May 2017 11:19:43 -0400

Iran’s May 19 election will pit Ibrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the supreme leader, against the more centrist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, in a contest that may hinge on the perceived economic impact of the nuclear deal, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.


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. 


How to Clean Up the Mess in Venezuela

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:10:00 -0400

To stop the worst hemispheric crisis in decades, President Donald Trump needs a policy that includes not only tough words but also concrete actions. But the United States can’t do it alone. To help rather than hurt U.S. interests, the United States should assemble a diplomatic effort against Venezuela's increasingly repressive regime, writes Shannon O’Neil.


A World in Disarray

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:36:46 -0400

In this book, CFR President Richard N. Haass offers a timely examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder. Rich in history, the book examines today's world, how we got here, and what needs doing. It argues for an updated global operating system with a new approach to sovereignty, providing steps for how to get there.


The World Next Week: April 26, 2017

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:02:12 -0400

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Russia, U.S. President Donald J. Trump marks one hundred days in office, and the UN observes World Press Freedom Day.


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Foreign Policy in the First Hundred Days of Trump

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:20:21 -0400

As President Donald J. Trump approaches his hundredth day in office, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer resources and analysis on the new administration’s foreign policy.


The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:05:25 -0400

Trump dominated the election-year debate by proposing a more hopped-up version of foreign-policy activism than the usual advocates of activism, and a fuller kind of disengagement than those who wanted to scale down. The combination—radicalism at both ends of the spectrum—seemed the essence of his appeal. For Trump, American policy was supposed to serve only American interests. Best of all, Trump suggested, his entire approach would be free. Yes, we could be “great again”—and on the cheap. Such a blend of much more and much less could easily have seemed incoherent, or crazy. But the two halves of Trump’s formula worked together better than critics appreciated.


France's Presidential Election

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:30:36 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Philip Gordon examine the outcome of the first round of France's presidential election.


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Keynote: 2017 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:33:36 -0400

Following a welcome message by James Lindsay, Calvin Sims, in conversation with Mira Patel, launch the 2017 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs with a keynote address about leadership, mentorship, and diversity in international affairs.


America Is Getting Used to Trump’s Insanity

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:06:39 -0400

The president has managed to accomplish at least one big thing in his first 100 days: the once unthinkable is now unremarkable.


Iran’s Supreme Leader Moulds a Successor in His Image

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:16:56 -0400

The candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi dooms Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s chances of winning a second term in next month’s elections, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh. Raisi, a protégé of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has long been groomed to become the Islamic Republic’s next supreme leader.


France's Stage Is Set for Final Vote With Consequences for the World

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:16:28 -0400

Writing in the Nikkei Asian Review, Philip Gordon sees the upcoming French election as a referendum on globalization, with implications for the world. 


The Need to Change Palestinian Political Culture

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:56:46 -0400

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Washington soon and will call for a renewed commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state. But both opinion polls, and actions by the Palestinian Authority glorifying terrorism and terrorists, suggest that Palestinian political culture is oriented to violence and revanchism, not to peace. Elliott Abrams argues that a change in Palestinian political culture is a necessary precondition for real peace.


U.S. Entry Into World War I: Lessons One Hundred Years Later

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:45:15 -0400

One hundred years ago this month, the United States declared war on Germany and thereby entered World War I. Experts discuss why the United States entered "the Great War," the consequences it had for American society and foreign policy, and what lessons it holds for Americans going forward.


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Teaching With Model Diplomacy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:45:59 -0400

Brandon J. Archuleta, Alynna J. Lyon, Earl Anthony Wayne, and Allison Stanger discuss using CFR's Model Diplomacy simulation in class with their students.


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The World Next Week: April 20, 2017

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:12:04 -0400

France holds presidential elections, Manila hosts an ASEAN summit, and Brussels stages a special EU summit to discuss Brexit.


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