Valiollah Seif discusses Iran's economy.
Valiollah Seif discusses Iran's economy.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on an immigration case, President Barack Obama travels to Saudi Arabia and Europe, and the UN holds a special session on the global drug problem.
Republican presidential candidates are calling for Washington to get tougher on an assertive China and reduce the size of the U.S. government. In a media call, contributors to the upcoming May/June issue of Foreign Affairs make the opposite case, calling for patience with China and a significant public role in boosting the domestic economy.
In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 12, 2016, Graeme Wood discussed the self-proclaimed Islamic State as a mass movement and laid out the reasons for reasonable versus unreasonable fear of the movement and its constituents’ intentions. Based on his interactions with the Islamic State’s supporters abroad, Wood recommended that future U.S. government policy responses toward the Islamic State take into account not only military and political factors, but also “countercultural, religious, and existential ones,” and that politicians remain simultaneously rational and empathetic for their constituents.
A new genetic technology has the potential to cure diseases and boost plant, insect, and human lives, but it also poses profound ethical questions, writes CFR's Laurie Garrett.
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn argues that the case for strong and effective Group of Twenty (G20) leadership is as compelling as ever. But if the G20 is to be as effective in noncrisis times as it was in 2008–2009, it needs stronger Chinese leadership, working informally yet closely with the United States—a Group of Two (G2) within the G20. Debt policy is one area where China and the United States should cooperate this year.
These reports, mandated by Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974, describe the performance of other governments in practicing their international commitments on civil, political, individual, and worker rights, as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UN and the Chinese government produce similar reports.
Laurie Garrett discusses the domestic and international ramifications of the Zika virus outbreak.
Micah Zenko proposes eight questions that to help voters determine whether each of the presidential candidates have a foreign policy and, if they do, evaluate how sound and serious it is.
“Despite having the most powerful economy on earth, the United States too often reaches for the gun instead of the purse,” contend Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Senior Fellows Robert D. Blackwill and Jennifer M. Harris in a new book, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft. Instead, argue Blackwill and Harris, the United States must strategically integrate economic and financial instruments into its foreign policy—what they define as geoeconomics—or risk losing ground as a world power.
Jacob J. Lew discusses America’s leadership in the global economy.
Ash Carter discusses U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region ahead of his upcoming trip to India and the Philippines.
Leaked documents have revealed that international tax havens play a larger role than previously understood, and will likely raise pressure for more transparency in global finance, says CFR expert Edward Alden.
What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of April 4–8, 2016.
The IMF spring meeting takes place, the fallout continues over the release of the Panama papers, and marathons are held at the North Pole and in North Korea.
When U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump mused about the possibility of Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia developing their own nuclear weapons, it was probably not his intention to highlight the success of the nuclear nonproliferation regime or the policy of President Barack Obama's administration.
Priscilla A. Clapp discusses Myanmar’s newly elected government.
In the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, debate has revived in the regime over how far to open up to outside trade and finance. It has become a struggle over Iran’s identity, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.
Advocates for a UK withdrawal from the European Union argue that the bloc's bureaucracy threatens national sovereignty and stifles growth. Opponents counter that EU membership expands trade and investment while enhancing the UK's standing on the world stage.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom joined the Women and Foreign Policy program’s director and senior fellow, Rachel Vogelstein, to discuss implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Blackwill and Campbell analyze the rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and call for a new American grand strategy for Asia.
Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
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