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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:44:34 -0500

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History Will Not Absolve Him

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:37:24 -0500

What are we to make of Fidel Castro's life and the eulogies his death evoked? Elliott Abrams’s answer is in the Weekly Standard.


A World in Disarray

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:23:12 -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.


Italian Vote Showcases European Discontent

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:24:12 -0500

The defeat of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reforms is another sign that voter anger over poor economic performance is driving anti-establishment politics across Europe, says CFR’s Sebastian Mallaby.


Niall Ferguson’s “Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist” Wins 2016 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:11:43 -0500

Historian Niall Ferguson has won the fifteenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist (Penguin Press), the first in a two-volume biography of the former national security advisor Henry A. Kissinger, and will receive $15,000. On December 14, CFR will honor Ferguson—a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and Harvard University’s Center for European Studies—and the other awardees at a cocktail reception hosted by Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs and chair of the independent award jury.


David Petraeus Would Be a Great Secretary of State

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:21:38 -0500

Max Boot argues that Petraeus would be a superbly qualified secretary of state—one who already has more diplomatic experience than most of those previously selected for this position. And far from giving a pro-war tilt to the new administration, Petraeus would be an important restraint on a president who has spoken far too freely of bombing various countries and of torturing terrorists.


An Easy Way to Avoid Foreign-Policy Mishaps

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:51:44 -0500

Presidential transitions have helped bring disasters from the Bay of Pigs to the Middle East—all because of inadequate intelligence briefings, argues Rebecca Friedman Lissner.


President Trump and the Art of the "Ultimate" Israel-Palestine Peace Deal

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:00:23 -0500

The Obama obsession with Israeli settlement activity ruined his policy toward Israel, prevented the negotiations he wanted, and was not based on the facts. The Trump administration should take a very different approach, Elliott Abrams argues in Foreign Policy magazine. 


Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Might Prove Less Radical Than You Think

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:19:25 -0500

Writing in Politico, Philip Gordon argues that president-elect Trump's foreign policy may prove less deliberately radical than people think; it's hallmarks will instead be accidents, indiscipline, and incoherence. 


Campaign 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:20:55 -0500

Campaign 2016


The World Next Week: December 1, 2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:06:36 -0500

Syria's humanitarian crisis escalates, Italy holds a constitutional referendum, and Cuba mourns Fidel Castro.


Media Files:

A Conversation With Robert Greifeld

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:50:33 -0500

Robert Greifeld discusses how the recent and upcoming elections in France, Germany, and the United States might affect trade, markets, and the future of globalization.


As Trump Waits, So Do U.S. War Fighters, Planners

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:39:19 -0500

The truth is nobody from the Pentagon to Baghdad knows yet if Trump will escalate or withdraw from America's ongoing fights around the world, argues Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. 


Issue Guide: Fidel Castro

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:46:42 -0500

Fidel Castro, who died on November 25, was one of the most prominent figures of the Cold War and an adversary of ten consecutive U.S. presidential administrations. This reading list considers the legacy of his nearly fifty years in power, including the Cuban Missle Crisis, the U.S. economic embargo, and the years following the Cold War.


The Two Putin Problem

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:30:17 -0500

One is confident, the other defensive. Trump will have to deal with both, argues Stephen Sestanovich. 


Why Turkey Is Salivating for President Trump

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:39:20 -0500

Many within the Turkish political elite and their supporters, who disdain the American establishment, are supportive of the election of Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency, argues CFR’s Steven A. Cook. This, however, is based on a misreading of Turkey’s relationship with the American ruling class.


America and the World in Transition

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:37:50 -0500

As the incoming Trump administration sorts itself out, U.S. allies should develop policy proposals for dealing with pressing global challenges and consider what more they can do on behalf of common defense, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Modern Democracy Has Plenty of Trump Precedents

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:19:15 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses examples from other states around the world for possibilities of what to expect from a Donald Trump presidency. 


How Much Power Will Trump’s Foreign Policy Advisers Have?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:15:09 -0500

If the president-elect picks experienced foreign-policy advisors, it may improve his administration's strategic bargaining position and boost morale in the bureaucracy, writes Elizabeth N. Saunders


Mending the Broken Dialogue: Military Advice and Presidential Decision-Making

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:19:24 -0500

Through improved education, strong executive leadership, and changes to procedure and doctrine, the civil-military dialogue can be mended in order to confront new challenges to national security.


A Checklist for Mitt Romney to Consider Before Signing On as Trump’s Secretary of State

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:56:23 -0500

Donald Trump’s meeting with Mitt Romney this weekend has fueled speculation that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee may be Mr. Trump’s choice for secretary of state. If the president-elect makes the offer, Mr. Romney ought to be ready with a list of conditions for taking the job.


How to Talk to Donald Trump About Valuing U.S. Allies

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:45:10 -0500

Mr. Trump needs to understand that, in a world where the balance of power is changing, the point of alliances isn’t just to keep large powers from pushing small ones around.  It’s also to keep large powers from pushing us around. If a businessman-turned-president can’t see that, he’s got the wrong job, argues Stephen Sestanovich. 


Note to Trump, Putin Is Not Our Friend

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:37:09 -0500

Trump is too mercurial a figure to pursue any policy with any consistency, even a pro-Russia policy. We can only hope that Russia does not succeed in reestablishing its empire and swallowing some of America’s more vulnerable allies in Eastern Europe before Trump wakes up to the fact that Putin is not America’s friend.


The President's Inbox: Trade

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:44:32 -0500

In the second episode of The President's Inbox, CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Edward Alden examine President-Elect Donald Trump's trade priorities. 


Media Files:

The World Next Week: November 17, 2016

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:08:08 -0500

The French election season kicks off, Peru hosts an APEC summit, and Ukraine marks three years since the Maidan uprising.


Media Files:

South Korea’s Leadership Crisis

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:42:44 -0500

President Park Geun-hye’s scandal has intensified the need for constitutional revisions that would enable South Korea to better manage leadership crises, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder.


Corporate Citizenship and Citizen Diplomacy

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:03:08 -0500

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and IBM's Stanley Litow discuss corporate efforts to tackle global challenges and public-private partnerships.


Media Files:

America Should Act Now to Preserve Its Influence at the United Nations

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:32:23 -0500

As America and the United Nations face political transitions, the U.S. should not waste an opportunity to preserve its international interests, writes Elliott Abrams. 


India-U.S. Ties in a Trump Presidency

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:30:42 -0500

Much of the new U.S. administration’s foreign policy is a mystery, but expect broad policy continuity in U.S. relations with India while geopolitical and geoeconomic questions pull the two countries in new directions.


U.S. and Israel Must Act to Preserve Partnership, Say Blackwill and Gordon in New Report

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:47:43 -0500

“The U.S.-Israel relationship is in trouble,” warn Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellows Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon in a new Council Special Report, Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship. Significant policy differences over issues in the Middle East, as well as changing demographics and politics within both the United States and Israel, have pushed the two countries apart. Blackwill, a former senior official in the Bush administration, and Gordon, a former senior official in the Obama administration, call for “a deliberate and sustained effort by policymakers and opinion leaders in both countries” to repair the relationship and to avoid divisions “that no one who cares about Israel’s security or America’s values and interests in the Middle East should want.”


Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:00:45 -0500

The U.S. relationship with Israel is in trouble. Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon offer six core policy proposals to repair, redefine, and invigorate the partnership.