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Op-Ed

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

Author: Sebastian Mallaby
Washington Post

Nine months after its dramatic referendum, Britain is finally demanding formal negotiations on exiting the European Union. Much has changed in the interim. At the time of the June vote, the cohesion of the West appeared to be in jeopardy; Britain seemed doomed to political instability; and the economy seemed at risk of a Lehman Brothers-style convulsion. Today, in contrast, Brexit feels about as electrifying as reading the telecoms annex in the WTO treaty. And yet, on the other hand, this change is deceptive. Anticlimax should not be mistaken for a permanent dodging of the populist bullet.

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Op-Ed

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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Event

Automation, Job Loss, and the Welfare State

Speaker: Jody Miller
Speaker: Eduardo Porter
Speaker: Heidi Shierholz
Presider: Susan Lund

Experts explore the potential for mass job loss created by technological advances and, in turn, the possible need for a large welfare state to care for an increasingly underemployed population.

See more in Global; Labor; Trade

Event

Presidential Elections in France: Results and Consequences

Speaker: William Drozdiak
Speaker: Jane Hartley
Speaker: Dominique Moisi
Presider: David A. Andelman

Experts discuss the current candidates in the upcoming French presidential election, their foreign policy agendas, and the possible repercussions new policies may have on France’s relationships with the European Union and the United States.

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Podcast

Defense Spending

Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's budget blueprint.

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News Release

U.S. Should Increase Its Strategic Commitment to the Arctic, Says CFR Task Force

“The United States, through Alaska, is a significant Arctic nation with strategic, economic, and scientific interests,” asserts a new Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored (CFR) Independent Task Force report, Arctic Imperatives: Reinforcing U.S. Strategy on America’s Fourth Coast. With the Arctic “warming at twice the rate as the rest of the planet” and melting sea ice opening up this resource-rich region to new trade routes and commercial activities, the report stresses that “the United States needs to increase its strategic commitment to the region or risk leaving its interests unprotected.”

See more in Arctic; Climate Change