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From shifts in U.S. foreign policy under the Trump administration to North Korea's breakneck weapons advancements, 2017 is a year to remember in global affairs.

United States

President Trump’s first year in office was marked by reversals of the Obama administration’s major foreign policy accomplishments on trade and immigration, all under the aegis of his America First motto.

Global

In a year of tumult, were there any positive trends? Experts point to a number of areas where progress was made, from reducing child mortality and poverty to improving women’s rights.
Women's Rights
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Women and Women's Rights

Women in eighty-five countries are calling attention to pervasive sexual harassment and workplace discrimination.

 

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Trump Foreign Policy

CFR's Elliott Abrams joins James Lindsay and Robert McMahon to examine President Donald J. Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Diplomacy and International Institutions

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the embassy there could inspire protest and set back the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
China

China

Reports that China has stepped up efforts to gain influence in foreign political systems have sparked concern in Australia, New Zealand, and other states amid signs that the campaign may be shaping debate on regional issues in Asia.

 

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Poland

Poland

Once a role model for democracy, Poland has rapidly witnessed a series of illiberal moves that threaten the rule of law and its future within the European Union, says Agata Fijalkowski.

 

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Trump Foreign Policy

CFR's Reuben Brigety and Robert McMahon examine African peace and security issues.

 

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CFR on the Record

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Daniel Kurtz-Phelan discusses the November/December 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Emma Sky and Lisa Monaco. The latest issue puts U.S. interventions under serious scrutiny to sketch where things are, where they are going, and what the United States should do next. 

Human Rights

The Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act provides the U.S. Department of the Treasury with new authorities to hold foreign individuals and entities accountable for unjust imprisonment, torture, extrajudicial killings, and other violations of human rights. 

Vietnam

Max Boot discusses his new book, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

Conflict Prevention

Panelists discuss the potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2018, as well as their global political implications.

Expert Spotlight

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Russian Hacking and Disinformation Russia, Trump, and the 2016 U.S. Election

Charges of foreign power interference in the U.S. presidential election have raised grave national security concerns and touched off multiple federal inquiries that could drag on for months.

Budget, Debt, and Deficits U.S. Corporate Tax Reform

President Trump has vowed to pass corporate tax reform in 2017, but Congress must still navigate complex negotiations over how to reduce rates and subsidies, as well as whether to tax profits made abroad.

Saudi Arabia How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia’s stability is not under immediate threat, but questions about the Kingdom's fate in longer-term will persist.

Brazil Deforestation in the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest absorbs more greenhouse gases than any other tropical forest. But in Brazil, deforestation threatens biodiversity and contributes to climate change. Explore the Emmy-winning InfoGuide. 

United States Debating the Legality of the Post-9/11 ‘Forever War’

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force, passed by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, has been cited by the Bush and Obama administrations as sanctioning far-ranging military operations. Four scholars offer their perspectives on the AUMF’s legacy fifteen years on.

Featured Publications

Conflict Prevention

Stares proposes a comprehensive new strategy for how the United States can manage an increasingly turbulent world and reduce the risk of costly military commitments.

U.S. Foreign Policy

Stewart Patrick argues that the United States can protect its sovereignty while advancing American interests in a global age. He clarifies what is at stake in the sovereignty debate, arguing that the nation must make "sovereignty bargains" to achieve its aims in a complex world.

Middle East and North Africa

A personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy in the last forty years and an argument, both "realist" and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East.