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Trade Liberalization: Cordell Hull and the Case for Optimism

by Douglas A. Irwin
The news that the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization has broken down in Geneva has made many Americans pessimistic about the future of multilateral trade agreements. In this Center for Geoeconomic Studies Working Paper, Douglas A. Irwin makes the case for optimism and argues that the key to advancing the free-trade cause is political leadership of the sort demonstrated by a heroic but near-forgotten figure, the late secretary of state Cordell Hull of Tennessee. Irwin traces Hull's path through the decades and shows how his legacy lights the way for leaders of both political parties.
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Afghanistan: The Case for Optimism

by Max Boot
Max Boot says a strategy that focuses on defeating the Taliban and reducing the corruption that allows them to thrive can produce victory in Afghanistan.
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Doha - The Last Mile

by Jagdish N. Bhagwati, Arvind Panagariya
In this New York Sun op-ed, Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya make the case for optimism on the Doha Round. A compromise is possible if the U.S. agrees to cap trade-distorting subsidies at a minimum of the current payouts and India agrees to a downscaling of the Special Safeguard Mechanism.
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New America Foundation: Strategic Empathy

by Matt Waldman
"Empathy can provide insights into how other actors are likely to perceive and react to what the United States does, and expose false assumptions that sometimes underpin strategic mistakes.This kind of information is critical as the United States weighs options for action–coercive or otherwise–in Syria, Ukraine and beyond. The case of Afghanistan shows that the human, financial and geopolitical costs are too high for empathy to be ignored."
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Media Call on President Obama's Trip to Asia

with Sheila A. Smith, Joshua Kurlantzick, James M. Lindsay
In April 2014, President Obama left on his rescheduled trip to Asia, making stops in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Senior Fellow for Japan Studies Sheila Smith and Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia Joshua Kurlantzick discussed the president's priorities in Asia prior to his trip.
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The Landon Lecture

with Thomas E. Donilon
On April 15, 2014, Thomas E. Donilon delivered the 165th Alf Landon Lecture at Kansas State University. He discusses why "America is not in decline but will continue to be the world's leading and most powerful nation for a long time to come."
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Despite Growing Opposition, AKP Remains the Dominant Force in Turkish Politics

with Steven A. Cook, Henri J. Barkey, Jonathan Tepperman
In the past year, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AKP party have faced mass protests in Istanbul and other major cities, a widely publicized corruption scandal with deep roots in the party leadership, and a backlash over attempts to censor Twitter and other media. Despite these scandals and growing dissatisfaction with his administration, the AKP managed to win a plurality in the most recent municipal elections.
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Media Call with Benn Steil on European Central Bank Meeting

with Benn Steil, Neil Irwin
Ahead of the April 3, 2014, meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB)'s rate-setting Governing Council, CFR Director of International Economics Benn Steil discussed why the expected shift toward more aggressive monetary stimulus will fail to revive private-sector credit without a more compelling bank recapitalization plan.
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Global Economics Monthly: July 2013

by Robert Kahn
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn analyzes policy implications of lessons learned from the IMF's involvement in the Greek crisis.