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Published opinions and arguments by CFR fellows and experts.

Putting Pressure on China Probably Won’t Help U.S. Workers. Here’s What Might.

Author: Sebastian Mallaby
Washington Post

The U.S.-China relationship is one issue on which President Trump’s instincts are at least partly right — for China, let’s be honest, does not always play fair in international economic relations. It has limited respect for intellectual property; it subsidizes strategic industries with bargain loans and export credits; it uses government power over procurement to favor domestic firms.

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Let's Count the Ways Donald Trump Has Gone Where No President Has Gone Before

Author: Max Boot
Los Angeles Times

We are not yet 100 days into the Trump presidency, but already the president has clocked one unenviable milestone after another. It’s all too easy to take for granted the broken norms that characterize this administration. So it’s important to pause and consider all the myriad ways in which Donald Trump has already gone where no president has gone before.

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We’re About to Find Out Exactly How Populist Britain Really Is

Author: Sebastian Mallaby
Washington Post

Britain’s Theresa May is in many ways the anti-Trump. Though her Brexit mandate carries the same populist message, she has tamed it with evasive statements. As the moment of reckoning for Britain’s relationship with the EU approaches, however, the inevitable tradeoffs associated with her agenda will be harder to anesthetize.

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The Russia Scandal Has Reached the Trump Family

Author: Max Boot
ForeignPolicy.com

These have been a choice few days for aficionados of scandal. Washington hasn’t seen their like since the heyday of Whitewater, Iran-contra, and Watergate—in other words for nearly two decades. And in many ways “Kremlin-gate,” the burgeoning scandal over Team Trump’s connections to Russia, is in a class by itself.

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Five Myths About Turkey

Author: Steven A. Cook
Washington Post

There remain many misconceptions about modern Turkey among Americans, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. The country is not a democracy, its president is not a dictator, many state institutions are not secular, it does not have a Kurdish problem, and it is the product of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s modernist vision of Anatolian society.

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Out of Time in North Korea

Author: Richard N. Haass
Project Syndicate

The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea is finished. But direct U.S. talks with Pyongyang, conditioned on a nuclear & missile testing freeze, intrusive inspections, & a ban on transfers to third parties, could be best U.S. option, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.

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Don’t Buy China’s Peace Plan For North Korea

Author: Ely Ratner
Fortune.com

In a matter of weeks, all of China’s fears have come to a head on the Korean Peninsula. At an airport in Malaysia in mid-February, the exiled half-brother of North Korea’s ruler was assassinated with a nerve agent, reminding the world that the Hermit Kingdom is run by a paranoid and violent regime. Closer to home, North Korea conducted two rounds of ballistic missile tests in stark violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

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