Various reports from CFR, posted at the discretion of CFR's president and director of studies.
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn argues that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to seek early elections comes as the economic costs of Brexit are becoming more apparent. While the removal of electoral uncertainty may be helpful in Brexit negotiations, the new relationship between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU), as well as the rest of the world, will take years to work out. An extended transition to an uncertain future will further stress UK and EU economies.
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A U.S. policy of combating kleptocracy across sub-Saharan Africa should start with Nigeria and South Africa.
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Matthew M. Taylor argues that Brazil’s gains in fighting corruption hold lessons for U.S. anticorruption policy around the world.
See more in Brazil; United States; Corruption and Bribery; Rule of Law
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn writes that Greece and its creditors are again locked in a showdown over reforms, cash, and debt relief. Another cliff-hanger ahead of heavy July debt payments looks likely. Extend-and-pretend is a dead end for Greece and an increasingly populist Europe, and a more ambitious agreement seems ruled out by bailout fatigue in creditor countries. Markets are once again underestimating the risks of “Grexit.”
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South Korea is a Northeast Asian power with a global presence, yet its geopolitical influence in Southeast Asia is rarely exercised.
See more in South Korea; Regional Security; History and Theory of International Relations
CFR's Women and Foreign Policy program and Center for Preventive Action co-convened a symposium to discuss how women improve security outcomes in conflict-prone areas.
See more in Global; Women; Conflict Prevention
Now that the U.S. government is no longer responsible for the IANA functions, the United States needs to take action to maintain its influence on internet governance.
See more in United States; Internet Policy; Digital Infrastructure
The United States should consider the effects of its intervention in northern Syria on both Turkey and terrorist groups it seeks to destroy, and reconcile the contradictory aspects of its relationship with Turkey.
See more in Syria; Turkey; Terrorist Organizations and Networks; Regional Security
As U.S.-China tensions intensify and as the North Korean threat grows, the importance of the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) as a pivot state in East Asia and as a valuable ally for the United States has become clearer than ever.
See more in South Korea; China; Diplomacy and Statecraft; International Organizations and Alliances
The United States’ lead role in the use of lethal drones makes it crucial for the country to help develop and enforce global norms shaping their use.
See more in United States; Middle East and North Africa; Drones; Defense Strategy
Water and security are inextricably linked in every region of the world, yet water as an issue for U.S. national security lacks sustained visibility and sufficient funding.
See more in Global; United States; Water Security; Regional Security
CFR hosted a workshop to discuss environmental health linkages in China, the Chinese government’s capability to respond to associated health crises, and international experience for coping with similar challenges.
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Delegates from nineteen countries discuss how best to address challenges posed by the enduring threat of transnational terrorism, renewed prospect of territorial aggression, massive flows of migrants, and growing public skepticism of globalization and free trade.
See more in Global; Defense and Security; Politics and Strategy
U.S. leadership in the UNHRC can advance U.S. interests and lessen anti-Israel bias while supporting measures to avert and de-escalate human rights crises.
See more in Global; Human Rights; Global Governance
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn writes that markets showed impressive resilience in the face of a range of geopolitical shocks in 2016, but recent market moves suggest this year could be different. A greater range of possible, if unlikely, political challenges, as well as U.S. monetary policy normalization, could bring a crisis back to the fore.
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The Center for Preventive Action's annual Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS) evaluates ongoing and potential conflicts based on their likelihood of occurring in the coming year and their impact on U.S. interests. The PPS aims to help the U.S. policymaking community prioritize competing conflict prevention and mitigation demands.
View the accompanying online interactive: CPA's Global Conflict Tracker
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Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn writes that financial markets rallied following the U.S. election, on hopes that President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s fiscal stimulus and deregulation initiatives would spur corporate profits and growth. Perhaps so, but a strong case could be made for the opposite: that Trump’s economic agenda will prove disruptive to trade and growth, face growing headwinds in Congress, and exert a contractionary impact on the U.S. economy.
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Federally backstopped cyber insurance could be used to address a series of widely recognized and persistent cybersecurity problems.
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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.
See more in United States; Defense and Security; Presidents and Chiefs of State
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn argues that the Group of Twenty (G20) policymakers agree on the importance of stronger and more inclusive growth to address growing populism, but disagree on who—central banks, treasuries, or legislatures—should take the lead. This standoff all but guarantees that the global recovery will continue to disappoint.
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