Politics and Strategy

Op-Ed

In an Echo Chamber, Journalists Go Deaf

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Chicago Tribune

In addressing the question of how America was so wrong in predicting the 2016 presidential election, Gayle Lemmon notes that “the problem lies not just in the geography, but in the mindset of journalists.” A journalist by training, Lemmon speaks of the elite echo chamber in which journalists often operate and urges writers to speak with, understand, and respect the broader American public.

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Op-Ed

What a President Trump Means for Foreign Policy

Author: Elizabeth N. Saunders
The Washington Post

Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States. Among many other things, this means he will take charge of U.S. foreign policy.  Trump will not manage foreign policy alone, but presidents have a lot of power nonetheless. Here are three things we know about leaders, advisers and foreign policy.

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Op-Ed

Why a Trump Presidency Might Not Be as Awful as We Fear

Author: Max Boot
ForeignPolicy.com

In 1777, when Britain received words of the drubbing its forces had suffered at Saratoga to the American rebels, a friend of Adam Smith’s exclaimed that “the nation was ruined.” The wise philosopher calmly replied: “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” That proposition is about to be put to the test by President-elect Donald Trump. We must now hope that Trump can be reined in from the rhetoric of his campaign.

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Event

Navigating the U.S. Presidential Transition

Speaker: Joshua B. Bolten
Speaker: William M. Daley
Speaker: Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty III
Presider: Amy S. Davidson

Former White House chiefs of staff discuss the challenges facing the incoming administration as it enters the White House, as well lessons learned from the three previous U.S. presidential transitions.

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Article

Post-Election, Will the U.S. Have an Asia Policy?

Author: Sheila A. Smith
East Asia Forum

Among many challenges revealed during the 2016 presidential election to the Obama adminisration’s rebalance to Asia, Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, notes “it is the United States’ own commitment to the region that seems the most fragile.”

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Podcast

Introducing the President's Inbox

The President's Inbox, a Council on Foreign Relations podcast hosted by James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon, examines challenges awaiting the next U.S. president. Tune in each Thursday to hear Lindsay, McMahon, and a rotating panel of CFR experts discuss trade, immigration, Russia, China, and more.

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Article

What the ‘Hillary Hawk’ Talk Gets Wrong

Author: Stephen Sestanovich
Wall Street Journal

The Hillary-as-hawk talk is a caricature. Much damage has been done to U.S. influence first by failed military involvements and then by the effort to downsize the U.S. role and shift burdens to others. Acute awareness of that damage would shape the strategies of a Hillary Clinton administration. Doing better will take time, thought, and effort. It can’t rely on instinct.

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