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Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:13:21 -0400

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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.


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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I Will March for Science on Saturday — So Should You

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:37:02 -0400

Laurie Garrett argues that President Trump’s cuts to pure science and vital agencies risk generational damage to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.


Trump's Making a Big Strategic Mistake on Human Rights

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:09:27 -0400

It’s one thing to hold your nose and work with Erdogan despite his human-rights abuses. It’s another thing to actually praise him for destroying Turkish democracy.


Jakarta Election Signals Erosion of Religious Tolerance

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:26:15 -0400

The rise of hard-line identity politics at the center of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election raises questions about Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance, says CFR’s Karen Brooks.


The Turkish Referendum

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:19:39 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Steven Cook examine the consequences of the Turkish referendum on U.S. foreign policy.


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How Trump's Foreign Policy Team Is Mastering Complex Challenges in Difficult Times

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:56:38 -0400

Thus far, President Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy resembles a traditionally realist Republican one that focuses on balance-of-power politics, dealing with other great powers on equal footing, and building coalitions for specific tasks, writes Ray Takeyh. In time, he may also recognize the importance of a robust human rights and democracy promotion policy.


Is Trump’s Axis of Adults Beating Down the Cabal of Crazies?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:41:05 -0400

Approaching his 100-day mark with little to show for it but a new Supreme Court justice, Donald Trump is shedding his past positions faster than a stock trader getting rid of underperforming stocks.


France’s Turmoil Makes Brexit Seem Tame

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:37:34 -0400

As Theresa May calls for surprise elections in the UK, Sebastian Mallaby reminds his reader to keep an eye on France, where upcoming presidential elections spell trouble.


RIP Turkey, 1921 - 2017

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:04:58 -0400

The Turkish public seems to have given President Erdogan and his party license to reorganize the state and, in the process, raze the values on which it was built, writes CFR's Steven A. Cook.


Sound and Fury

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:49:20 -0400

The dropping of the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan shouldn’t be cause for unseemly celebration; instead it should be taken as a sign that the war in Afghanistan isn't going well.


The Second Year of Europe

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:43:54 -0400

French election results could mean the end of the country's membership in both the European Union and NATO, raising existential questions for both organizations, and for all of Europe, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


The World Next Week: April 13, 2017

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:53:50 -0400

The political crisis in Venezuela unfolds and Turkey's constitutional referendum takes place.


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Four Good Reasons to Care About Ukraine

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:21:44 -0400

It is important that President Vladimir Putin not conclude that continued use of force is a viable path to make Russia great again, writes CFR's Richard N. Haass.


Don’t Count on Russia to Get Rid of Assad

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:21:37 -0400

Writing in the Washington Post, Philip Gordon argues that it will take a lot more than a single set of airstrikes to get Russia to abandon its support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad.


Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:28:49 -0400

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be reversing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.


Trump’s Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Is Just Getting Started

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:23:32 -0400

But the president might be the last to know it.


How Trump Can Help Cripple the Iranian Regime

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:07:05 -0400

The United States can cripple the Iranian regime if it doesn’t compromise the battle on the ground for fear of compromising arms control, argue Reuel Gerecht and CFR’s Ray Takeyh. America should fight Iran’s proxy militias in the regions, support popular movements against the Islamic Republic, and make human rights a priority for its Iran policy.


Is Trump Wagging the Dog in Syria?

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:06:12 -0400

Writing in Politico, Philip Gordon asks whether Donald Trump has really changed his mind about Syria, or if he is just looking to distract attention from controversies at home.


Trump’s Appetite for Risk Spells Trouble for U.S. National Security

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Thursday night’s cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase will be much debated in coming weeks. Critics will cite the danger of escalation or of ensnarement in a quagmire.


The Strike At Syria

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:42:58 -0400

The American strike on Syria shows President Trump in two new roles: as Commander in Chief, and far more surprisingly as Leader of the Free World. Elliott Abrams explains why in the Weekly Standard.


'It Was High Time'

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:05:54 -0400

The right move, if the wrong president, for Obama's internal critics who wanted air strikes in Syria for three years.


The World Next Week: April 6, 2017

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:18:40 -0400

The chemical weapons crisis continues to unfold in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Moscow, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg meets President Donald J. Trump.


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Assessing the Iran Deal

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:31:43 -0400

Ray Takeyh testified before the Subcommittee on National Security of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government and gave his assessment of the stability of the Islamic Republic and what the United States can should do to counter Iran’s influence in the region and weaken the regime.


The Potential for Progress at the US-China Meeting

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:07:53 -0400

The trajectory of the next four years will hinge on whether both sides can avoid a trade or any other kind of war, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Putting Pressure on China Probably Won’t Help U.S. Workers. Here’s What Might.

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:51:20 -0400

The U.S.-China relationship is one issue on which President Trump’s instincts are at least partly right — for China, let’s be honest, does not always play fair in international economic relations. It has limited respect for intellectual property; it subsidizes strategic industries with bargain loans and export credits; it uses government power over procurement to favor domestic firms.


South Africa’s Cabinet Reshuffle Reflects Leadership Crisis

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:12:23 -0400

President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle has exposed growing fissures within the ruling African National Congress, writes CFR’s John Campbell.


When It Comes to Syria, the Ball's In Trump's Court

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:34:13 -0400

In the wake of the latest chemical attack in Syria, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon questions what—if anything—the Trump administration will do beyond condemn the attack.