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Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:12:24 -0400

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The World Next Week: March 23, 2017

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:52:40 -0400

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey, Hong Kong elects a new chief executive, and the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome is marked.


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A Vision of Trump at War

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:49:15 -0400

Writing in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon offers a vision of how President Trump could stumble—through bluster, wishful thinking, and miscalculation—into war with Iran, China, and North Korea. 


The Deep State Mirage in Turkey

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:34:25 -0400

Turkey, as well as Egypt and Pakistan, are places where belief in the existence of a deep state is prominent, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. This is partly a function of the fact that these are also countries where there is little transparency and citizens have few avenues by which to hold officials accountable.


In Memoriam: David Rockefeller

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:27:54 -0400

CFR’s Honorary Chairman David Rockefeller passed away on March 20 at age 101.  


Tillerson Bumbles Around Asia

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:06:06 -0400

The Trump team’s early forays into Asia couldn’t have gone better. In early February, Defense Secretary James Mattis received high praise for his trip to Tokyo and Seoul, reassuring nervous allies that the Trump administration would continue decades of American leadership in Asia. A week later, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe braved a visit to the White House and was rewarded with President Donald Trump reaffirming the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance.


Trump’s Worst Enemy Is His Own Big, Lying Mouth

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:10:43 -0400

The FBI, NSA, Germany, Britain, Australia: Is there anybody America's dissembler-in-chief can't alienate?


Three Lingering Questions For Trump’s New Plan to Fight ISIS

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:40:48 -0400

If Trump sends more American boots to Syria, who will fight alongside them, and—still—what comes next?


What Can We Know and When Can We Know It?

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:51:12 -0400

As questions remain about Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections and President Trump’s allegations that Barack Obama wiretapped him during the campaign, Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, seems less than willing to pursue a robust investigation. Carla Anne Robbins argues that this is a mistake.


The Hawk Dressed as a Dove

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:15:57 -0400

How did a tough general like Yitzhak Rabin come to offer the Golan Heights to Hafez al-Assad and to make a deal that brought Yasser Arafat back from exile to rule the Palestinian Territories? Elliott Abrams's review of Itamar Rabinovich's new biography of Rabin raises these and other issues.


Five Myths About Turkey

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:59:54 -0400

There remain many misconceptions about modern Turkey among Americans, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. The country is not a democracy, its president is not a dictator, many state institutions are not secular, it does not have a Kurdish problem, and it is the product of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s modernist vision of Anatolian society.


The World Next Week: March 16, 2017

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:01:13 -0400

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi meets President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits China, and three years pass since Russia's annexation of Crimea.


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U.S.-India Relations

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:05:06 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Alyssa Ayres examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on India.


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Trump’s ‘Deterrence Bounce’ and the Dangers of Shock-Jock Diplomacy

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:25:59 -0400

The first 50 days of the Trump administration haven’t been a total disaster. But the president could undo all the good work, unless he gets a few things straight.


Foreign Affairs March Issue Launch Guest Event: Trump Time

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:08:45 -0400

Gideon Rose discusses the March/April 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Walter Russell Mead and Jennifer Lind. The latest issue of Foreign Affairs takes an in-depth look at the election, transition, and now presidency of Donald J. Trump.


America Needs an "Engage and Contain" Strategy for China

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:06:21 -0400

According to Ambassador Robert Blackwill, previous U.S. strategies of "engaging and hedging" with respect to China have failed. Will the Trump administration develop the right grand strategy to deal with China and protect U.S. vital interests?


The GOP Is America’s Party of White Nationalism

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:50:53 -0400

The Republican party's racists were once pushed to the fringes. In the Trump era, they're in charge.


Trump and Merkel Need to Find a Way to Work Together

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:07:26 -0400

One of the most important meetings of Donald Trump’s young presidency will take place on Tuesday, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes to Washington. Europe is America’s most important partner and Germany guides Europe.


Don’t Buy China’s Peace Plan For North Korea

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:47:22 -0500

In a matter of weeks, all of China’s fears have come to a head on the Korean Peninsula. At an airport in Malaysia in mid-February, the exiled half-brother of North Korea’s ruler was assassinated with a nerve agent, reminding the world that the Hermit Kingdom is run by a paranoid and violent regime. Closer to home, North Korea conducted two rounds of ballistic missile tests in stark violation of UN Security Council resolutions.


The World Next Week: March 9, 2017

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:12:51 -0500

India's most populous state announces election results and Europe's first set of pivotal elections takes place in the Netherlands.


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Military Perspectives in the White House

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:23:11 -0500

CFR's Robert McMahon and former Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy Janine Davidson examine civil-military relations in the new administration.


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WikiLeaks Has Joined the Trump Administration

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:09:57 -0500

The anti-American WikiLeaks has become the preferred intelligence service for a conspiracy-addled White House.


A World in Disarray

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:00:37 -0500

Richard N. Haass discusses a world increasingly defined by disorder and what can be done about it.


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There’s No Place for Trump’s Hyperbole in the Oval Office

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:27:01 -0500

The art of the deal worked well for Donald Trump in real estate, but governing and foreign policy are all about the art of relationships, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Trump Knows the Feds Are Closing In on Him

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:51:03 -0500

Trump’s recent tweets aren’t just conspiratorial gibberish—they’re the erratic ravings of a guilty conscience.


Vladimir Putin Has a Plan to Upend the Political Order of the Middle East. Spoiler Alert: It’s Working

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:16:26 -0500

Western analysts and observers have missed Russia’s strategic restructuring in the Middle East, argues CFR’s Steven A. Cook. They have taken steps in Syria, Egypt, and Libya in a bid to upend an American-led regional order.


How to Get Tough on China, in Six Easy Steps

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:27:19 -0500

From a White House largely defined by caprice, there’s been a consistent message that it’s time to get tough on China: to push back in the South China Sea, to challenge China’s unfair trade and investment practices, and to demand more from Beijing on North Korea.


The Banality of (Trump’s) Lying

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:18:29 -0500

Trump’s tendency to tell lies has not diminished even as he adopts a more presidential tone in his speeches and other communications. Carla Anne Robbins argues that citizens must remain vigilant and willing to point out his untruths.


The World Next Week: March 2, 2017

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:24:28 -0500

Syria awaits the outcome of the latest round of Geneva peace talks and China holds its annual plenary session of the National People's Congress.


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Putin's Best-Laid Plans Are Failing

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:36:18 -0500

Putin got the incompetent president he preferred, but he also got an increasingly anti-Russian Congress.


Want to Win Wars? Fund Soft Power, Trump’s Generals Say

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:48:38 -0500

The president’s proposal to boost military spending at the expense of diplomacy and foreign aid won't lead to victory.