Syria's humanitarian crisis escalates, Italy holds a constitutional referendum, and Cuba mourns Fidel Castro.
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.
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.
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.
One is confident, the other defensive. Trump will have to deal with both, argues Stephen Sestanovich.
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.
Joshua Kurlantzick discusses examples from other states around the world for possibilities of what to expect from a Donald Trump presidency.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The French election season kicks off, Peru hosts an APEC summit, and Ukraine marks three years since the Maidan uprising.
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.
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and IBM's Stanley Litow discuss corporate efforts to tackle global challenges and public-private partnerships.
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.
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.
“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.”