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Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:09:16 -0500

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Trump Is Going to Regret Not Having a Grand Strategy

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.


The President's Inbox: Inauguration Day

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:38:20 -0500

CFR President Richard N. Haass, Director of Studies James M. Lindsay, and Managing Editor Robert McMahon examine the world that President-Elect Donald Trump will inherit on Inauguration Day.


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The World Next Week: January 12, 2017

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.


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Donald Trump: A Modern Manchurian Candidate?

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.


CFR President Richard Haass Explains In New Book How We Arrived at "A World in Disarray" and What to Do About It

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.


Three Hard Questions for Rex Tillerson About Russia Sanctions

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. 


A World in Disarray

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.


Iran’s Rafsanjani: A Legacy of Terrorism and Repression Behind a Facade of Moderation

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. 


Trump is Way Off on Russia Hack Report

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


The World Next Week: January 5, 2017

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. 


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The President's Inbox: North Korea

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.


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Council of Councils Ninth Regional Conference

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.


'A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order'

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


Are Conditions Ripening for Iraqi Kurdish State?

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.


Why Obama Erred in Waiting to Disclose Details of Election Hacking

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. 


A Lincoln Lesson for Donald Trump

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.


The Obama ‘Settlements’ Crisis

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.


Why Netanyahu Will Miss Obama

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:36:19 -0500

Unconditional U.S. support could cause problems for Israel’s prime minister, argues Philip Gordon.


John Kerry's Final, Harmful Insult to Israel

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.


Donald Trump’s Pivot Through Asia

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?


Obama's Disgraceful and Harmful Legacy on Israel

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.


The President's Inbox: Middle East

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.


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Why Exposing Putin’s Wealth Would Be Obama’s Best Revenge

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.


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. 


Africa Shouldn’t Freak Out About Trump

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.


Abe and Obama: Reconciliation and the Rebalance

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.


Ten Elections to Watch in 2017

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.


The President's Inbox: Russia

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.


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Rex Tillerson Could Be a Good Secretary of State— But Not in a Trump Administration

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.


The World Next Year: 2017

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.


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