Politics and Strategy

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U.S.-China Relations

Elizabeth C. Economy, CFR’s C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies, discusses Chinese President Xi Jinping’s reforms in his first two years in office and what they mean for U.S.-China relations, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.

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Research Links

International Affairs Indexes and Country Rankings

These rankings include datasets and studies which track the status of a country and compare countries based on different indicators, in the areas of conflict, economics, education, energy, environment, health, human rights, politics, and technology. Critiques of these types of indexes are included, describing why they can be detrimental to development progress and how comparison exercises could be improved.

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Op-Ed

The Death of Strategy

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Julia Sweig reflects in her column this week on the challenges in U.S.-Latin American relations, and the failure of Washington to create basic guideposts based on a realistic assessment of the political, economic, security and demographic dimensions of our interdependence, our fault-lines and the opportunities therein

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Op-Ed

Obama Needs to Forget Golf and Bring Back His Basketball Hustle

Author: Edward Alden
Washington Post

In a new column for The Washington Post, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden makes the case that in order for President Obama to be effective, he needs to forget the golfer mentality that he has developed during his time in office and bring back the basketball-style hustle that helped him win the White House.

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Primary Sources

Remarks by President Obama and President Xi in Joint Press Conference

U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi met on the sidelines of the 2014 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting on November 12, 2014. They discussed regional trade and security initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Asian Security Concept and the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. Questions from the press included China's impressions of the Obama Administration's "pivot" to Asia and human rights issues associated with the Hong Kong protests, Occupy Central. The fact sheet detailed additional agreements, including nuclear nonproliferation efforts, military-to-military confidence building measures, visa reform, and Ebola responses.

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Op-Ed

Questions for Dilma 2.0

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following elections in both Brazil and the United States, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on potential ways to kickstart bilateral collaboration between the two countries over the next couple of years.

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How Did the Cold War End?

Speakers: Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, and Frank Elbe
Presider: Mary Elise Sarotte

Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Frank Elbe, former director of German Foreign Minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher's cabinet, join Mary E. Sarotte of Harvard University to discuss the factors and steps that led to the end of the Cold War.

See more in United States; Russian Federation; History and Theory of International Relations; Wars and Warfare