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Academic articles by CFR fellows and experts.

A Modestly Humbled Obama

Author: Max Boot
Commentary

In the State of the Union, President Obama offered a welcome rebuke to the pessimism and Muslim-bashing of so many Republican candidates. But in his discussion of foreign policy he used tired rhetorical tricks to defend his record on Iran, Syria, and ISIS, and to attack strawman arguments on nation-building and military interventions.

 

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Kerry's Magic: Making the Jewish Victims Disappear

Author: Elliott Abrams
Weekly Standard

Secretary Kerry released a statement on the one year anniversary of the terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the kosher supermarket in Paris.  In the Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams describes how Kerry moved from diminishing the tragedy of the targeted killing of France's Jewish citizens to ignoring it completely.

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The New “New Multilateralism”: Minilateral Cooperation, but at What Cost?

Author: Stewart M. Patrick
Global Summitry: Politics, Economics, and Law in International Governance

A defining feature of twenty-first century multilateralism is growing reliance on informal, non-binding, purpose-built partnerships and coalitions of the interested, willing, and capable. But the new multilateralism also presents dangers, among these encouraging rampant forum-shopping, undermining critical international organizations, and reducing accountability in global governance, writes Stewart Patrick.

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A Peace Plan for Syria

Authors: Philip H. Gordon, James Dobbins, and Jeffrey Martini
RAND Corporation

Philip Gordon, James Dobbins, and Jeffrey Martini make the case for decentralization in Syria based on an immediate cease-fire and international reinforcement.

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Two Meetings That Can Shape Oil Markets

Authors: Michael A. Levi and Edward Morse
Barron's

As climate plays a growing role in energy markets, serious energy analysis can no longer choose to focus only on traditional energy economics and geopolitics, write Michael Levi and Ed Morse. Policymakers, analysts, companies, and investors that deal in traditional energy will need to become much more sophisticated in their understanding of climate policy.

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The Truth About 3-D Printing and Nuclear Proliferation

Author: Amy J. Nelson
War on the Rocks

A recent article on additive manufacturing sounded the alarm over the use of this technology for the production of a nuclear weapon. While the authors, Matthew Kroenig and Tristan Volpe, are correct to assert that additive manufacturing is changing proliferation, today’s clear and present danger comes from conventional weapons, not just nuclear warheads.

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