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Op-Ed

Obama Needs to Forget Golf and Bring Back His Basketball Hustle

Author: Edward Alden
Washington Post

In a new column for The Washington Post, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden makes the case that in order for President Obama to be effective, he needs to forget the golfer mentality that he has developed during his time in office and bring back the basketball-style hustle that helped him win the White House.

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Primary Sources

Remarks by President Obama and President Xi in Joint Press Conference

U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi met on the sidelines of the 2014 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting on November 12, 2014. They discussed regional trade and security initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Asian Security Concept and the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. Questions from the press included China's impressions of the Obama Administration's "pivot" to Asia and human rights issues associated with the Hong Kong protests, Occupy Central. The fact sheet detailed additional agreements, including nuclear nonproliferation efforts, military-to-military confidence building measures, visa reform, and Ebola responses.

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Primary Sources

U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of the 2014 meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and released a climate change agreement on November 11, 2014. The agreement includes each country's goals for cutting carbon emissions. In 2013, the two countries also signed an agreement to reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), emissions that deplete ozone layers.

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Op-Ed

In Foreign Policy Debates Ahead, Look to Echoes of 2006

Authors: Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking
Defense One

Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking reflect on the recent U.S. 2014 Midterm Elections, which saw a strong Republican resurgence. Looking ahead, they argue that President Obama may focus more on foreign policy initiatives in his last two years in office – just as President Bush after 2006.

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News Release

CFR Launches Online Education Hub

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has launched an online gateway to the organization's multimedia resources for teaching and learning about U.S. foreign policy. Accessible at www.cfr.org/education, the site provides access to a wide-ranging suite of innovative tools designed to foster a deeper understanding of international relations and the role of the United States in the world.

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Audio

How Did the Cold War End?

Speakers: Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, and Frank Elbe
Presider: Mary Elise Sarotte

Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Frank Elbe, former director of German Foreign Minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher's cabinet, join Mary E. Sarotte of Harvard University to discuss the factors and steps that led to the end of the Cold War.

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Video

How Did the Cold War End?

Speakers: Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, and Frank Elbe
Presider: Mary E. Sarotte

Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Frank Elbe, former director of German Foreign Minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher's cabinet, join Mary E. Sarotte of Harvard University to discuss the factors and steps that led to the end of the Cold War.

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