Debates

Lively week-long exchanges between two experts on a foreign policy topic in the news, conducted via email and posted on CFR.org.

The Effectiveness of Foreign Aid

Two economists, Steven Radelet of the Center for Global Development and William Easterly of New York University, debate the effectiveness of foreign aid.

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Is U.S. In Iraq To Stay?

Some experts argue the United States intends to establish a long-term military foothold in Iraq to increase its influence in the region, while others say it is merely responding to present security concerns.

See more in Iraq; Nation Building; Defense Strategy

Is China Growing at the United States' Expense?

The Chinese economic boom could pose a real challenge to U.S. power and influence. Morgan Stanley's Stephen Roach and Desmond Lachman of the American Enterprise Institute debate whether China's growth is happening at the United States' expense.

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U.S. Engagement with a Post-Castro Cuba

U.S.-Cuban relations have been virtually nonexistent since 1961, when the United States assumed a two-pronged policy of economic embargo and diplomatic isolation. Now that Fidel has transferred power to his younger brother, Raul, some experts think the United States should reconsider its policy toward Cuba. Philip Peters of the Lexington Institute and Dennis Hays, the State Department's former Coordinator for Cuban Affairs, debate how the United States should engage with a post-Castro Cuba.

See more in Cuba; Diplomacy and Statecraft; United States

What to Do on Immigration

The debate over immigration rages on as Congress tries to reconcile very different approaches to addressing the growing number of illegal immigrants in America. Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute and Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies discuss how the United States should handle the issue.

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The Mideast Mess

On bloggingheads.tv, Steven Cook and Slate's Eric Umansky discuss Arab-Israeli Conflict, Egypt, and democratization in the Middle East.

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Should Dictators Be Put to Death?

Abraham D. Sofaer, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, discuss the merits of capital punishment in trying dictators and other war criminals in this CFR Online Debate.

See more in Courts and Tribunals; Genocide; Global