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No other modern president has expressed such a strong desire to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. But President Trump’s goal has proven near impossible amid an uncharacteristically strong dollar.

United States

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

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Nuclear Weapons

We are entering a new and dangerous period of nuclear competition.

United States

A U.S. president can launch a first-strike nuclear attack at any time and, according to the law, does not need to seek advice first. Some experts think that’s too much power to put in one person’s hands. 

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament

The collapse of the Cold War–era nuclear arms treaty signals trouble for U.S.-Russia relations, European security, and nonproliferation efforts.
Election 2020

Elections and Voting

CFR is following the presidential candidates on the major foreign policy issues. Dive deeper below.

 

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Election 2020

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Rajan Menon and Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich join host James M. Lindsay to discuss past and current U.S. policy toward Russia.
West Bank

West Bank

By announcing that Israeli settlements do not violate international law, the Trump administration continues a pattern of policy shifts that further weakens the prospects for Palestinian statehood.

 

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

If passed, a new bill would signal U.S. support for the protesters and put pressure on China’s leaders.

 

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South Africa

South Africa

Recent attacks that appeared to target immigrants have underscored South Africa’s struggle to combat violence and limit tensions with the rest of the region.

 

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Energy and Environment

Panelists discuss the international concern surrounding the climate crisis in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and how to address heightened deforestation.

Media

Ted Koppel discusses his distinguished career and the changing nature of journalism and social media. The Distinguished Voices Series focuses particular attention on the contributions made by a prominent individual at a critical juncture in the history of the country or the world.

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China Belt and Road Tracker

This tracker shows how the Belt and Road Initiative has changed countries’ bilateral economic relationships with China over time.

Trade The Truth About Tariffs

Tariffs have been applied over the years to protect homegrown industries and target competitors who are seen as using unfair trade practices. They impose costs on both importers and exporters and had been in decline until the recent U.S.-China trade spat.

Featured Publications

Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Global health expert Thomas J. Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.

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.

China

The Third Revolution argues that Xi Jinping’s dual-reform trajectories—a more authoritarian system at home and a more ambitious foreign policy abroad—provide Beijing with new levers of influence that the United States must learn to exploit to protect its own interests.