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May 23, 2014

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U.S. Troops Deployed to Chad

John Campbell

Frustration over Boko Haram's kidnapping of up to three hundred schoolgirls in Nigeria has led to the United States to deploy eighty troops to Chad to support the search for the missing girls. The deployment of those troops may risk perpetuating the image of an American war on Islam. Read more on Africa in Transition »

The United States and China

Is Washington Getting China Policy Wrong?

Elizabeth C. Economy

With Washington at odds with Beijing over its action in the East and South China Seas; accusations of espionage; and in oil talks with Russia, it appears the relationship is deteriorating. Read more on Asia Unbound »

Cyberspies and the Moral High Ground

Edward Wong and Adam Segal

The U.S. Department of Justice's indictment of four officers of the People's Liberation Army on charges of cyber espionage is indicative of frustration over stalled diplomacy. The United States and China both have interests in seeing progress, but Edward Snowden's revelations have spoiled any leverage the United States previously had. Read the interview »

A Treacherous Triangle

David Gordon and Jordan Schneider

If animosity between China and the Soviet Union defined U.S.-Soviet-Chinese trilateral relations during the Cold War, today it is U.S.-Russian tensions that drive the triad's dynamics. And that will put China in the driver's seat. Read more on »

A Timeline of U.S.-China Relations

Since 1949, U.S.-Sino relations have evolved from tense standoffs to a complex mix of intensifying diplomacy, growing international rivalry, and increasingly intertwined economies. View the timeline »


Ukraine Poised for Uncertain Election

John E. Herbst

Ukraine's May 25 elections will likely proceed amid attempted disruptions by separatists in the East, and U.S. officials should be prepared to bolster support for the government. Russian president Vladimir Putin aims to prevent Ukraine from from aligning more closely with the West, but it is unclear whether he is willing to sacrifice his economy to achieve this. Read the interview »

The World Ahead

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

This week's podcast previews Ukraine's presidential elections; the United Nations Security Council's debate on Syria; and Egypt's presidential election. Listen to the podcast »

Thailand's Coup and the Looming Crisis

Joshua Kurlantzick

Democracy has been put on hold in Thailand, and the most likely near-term scenario is major violence in Bangkok.  Read more on Asia Unbound »

Voting Against Accountability for Syria

Stewart M. Patrick and Claire Schachter

Russia and China predictably vetoed a resolution that would have referred the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC), but the United States' support for the resolution was appropriate and necessary—appropriate in light of its evolving relationship with the ICC and necessary given its limited options for ending the conflict in Syria. Read more on The Internationalist »

Reforming Drone Policy (Or Not)

Micah Zenko

A year ago today, President Obama delivered a speech on reforming U.S. drone strike policies, yet U.S. policies have barely changed despite vows to do so. Read the op-ed »

The Coming Struggle Over Iran Nuclear Pact

George Perkovich

The concessions necessary for a nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran have created a gap that won't allow both sides to reach an agreement by the July 20 deadline. However, both sides are likely to agree not to return to a phase without diplomacy, as was the case from 2005 through 2013. Read the interview »

Labor's Digital Displacement

Michael Spence

Digital technologies are changing the global economy and its supply chains. As technologies like 3D printing and advanced robotics become more prevalent, labor intensive jobs will be forced to adapt.  Read more on Renewing America »

World Events Calendar

May 25: Presidential Election, Ukraine
CFR Resources on: Ukraine »

May 26 - 27: Presidential Election, Egypt
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Inside CFR

This week, as a part of the HBO History Makers series, former defense secretary Robert M. Gates discussed world affairs and his career in the United States government with Fareed Zakaria. Watch the eventĀ»

Get a Multimedia Look at Transnational Crime

This interactive guide uses images, video, and maps to track transnational crime, from money-laundering, to human trafficking, to illicit markets. View the "Global Governance Monitor"


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