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June 6, 2014

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Lessons for the G7

Stewart M. Patrick and Isabella Bennett

The United States and its G7 partners will still need to work with Russia and China to cope with pressing transnational challenges. Read more on The Internationalist »

Tiananmen Twenty-Five Years Later

The U.S. Response

Brent Scowcroft, Nicholas D. Kristof, and Richard N. Haass

CFR President Richard N. Haass led a discussion with Brent Scowcroft and Nicholas D. Kristof on the events in Tiananmen Square from the U.S. perspective. Read the transcript »

The Chinese Perspective

Louisa Lim, Xiao Qiang, and Orville Schell

At CFR's New York headquarters, Louisa Lim, Xiao Qiang, and Orville Schell shared on-the-ground perspective on Chinese policy before and after the Tiananmen protests in June 1989. Read the transcript »

China, Fess up on Tiananmen

Elizabeth C. Economy

The failure of successive Chinese leaders to offer a public accounting or expression of regret for what transpired in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, leaves them grasping for the legitimacy they desire at home and the leadership they seek abroad. Read the op-ed »

China's Rights Struggle Twenty-Five Years Later

Jerome A. Cohen

China's economic gains have failed to translate into greater freedoms. The ruling Communist Party appears to be responsive to concerns about the environment, labor protections, and corruption, but deep reforms are needed. Read the interview »

Tiananmen and After

The Foreign Affairs ebook, Tiananmen and After, spans the 25-year period after the government crackdown. The collection of articles includes the landmark "Tiananmen Papers," originally published by Foreign Affairs in 2001, which exposed leaked Chinese Communist Party documents of the secret debate inside the party over whether to use violence against its own citizens. Read more on »


America Has Forgotten the Afghan War, Not Bergdahl

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

It took the murky circumstances regarding a POW's return to remind us we are a nation at war. If the discussion surrounding the safe return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has at last put Afghanistan back on the nation's agenda and brought the battle closer to home, then something positive will come from it. And perhaps America's war will be forgotten no more—for now. Read the op-ed »

Obama's Executive-Power Roller Caster

Max Boot

President Barack Obama's use of constitutional authority to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Guantanamo prisoners without informing Congress would be more credible if he hadn't ignored his asserted constitutional authority and asked Congress to authorize air strikes against Syria. Read the op-ed »

D-Day's Lasting Legacy

William J. Parker III

D-Day is really the story of many operations that culminated in one result. Although the Allied invasion of Europe and "Operation Overlord" are often conflated, there were actually four major operations and a series of lesser operations that ultimately lead to the successful landing. Read more on Defense in Depth »

How to Close the EU's Democratic Deficit

Gareth Harding

Euroskepticism is now a continent-wide malaise, with momentum on its side. In order to win back the public, the EU will need to do less, but do it better. Read more on »

The World Ahead

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

Robert McMahon, Isobel Coleman

In this week's podcast, Coleman and McMahon discuss Afghanistan's second round of presidential elections; Ukraine's upcoming inauguration; mass trials against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; and the start of the World Cup in Brazil. Listen to the podcast »

Troubling Secessionist Models for Ukraine

Charles King

The history of frozen conflicts in some of Russia's neighboring areas signals trouble for Ukraine's efforts to reintegrate its secessionist regions. The longer Ukraine's central government continues to struggle to gain control of separatist areas in its southeast, the more chance they have of splitting off indefinitely. Read the interview »

The Sources of Erdogan's Conduct

Steven A. Cook

It is important to grasp the Turkish historical context in order to understand how Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has manipulated it for his own political ends. The Turkish prime minister may seem off, but there is every reason to believe that he knows exactly what he is doing. Read more on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

Brazil and the World Cup: Three Things to Know

Julia E. Sweig

Protests over government service mismanagement, corruption, massive spending projects, and a lack of transparency may disrupt Brazil as the nation prepares to host the 2014 World Cup. Watch the video »

Are Nigerian Military Officers Helping Boko Haram?

John Campbell

Unconfirmed reports indicate that fifteen senior Nigerian military officers, including ten generals, have been tried by court martial and have been found guilty of providing information and ammunition to Boko Haram. Read more on Africa in Transition »

Mr. Draghi, Tear Down These Rates

Benn Steil and Dinah Walker

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi should forget about "targeted measures," and instead take broad, bold action to boost inflation expectations and tear down the wall of credit costs holding back the recovery.  Read more on Geo-Graphics »

World Events Calendar

June 12: President Obama to meet with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Washington, DC
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Inside CFR

Former U.S. ambassador to China Winston Lord and Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose discussed the events surrounding the standoff in Tiananmen Square, its long-term impact, China's ascension as a global power, and what the future holds for the country. Read the transcriptĀ»

U.S. Leadership and Global Cooperation Score Poorly on New CFR Report Card

International cooperation on critical issues such as nuclear nonproliferation, terrorism, and global finance is in decline. U.S. leadership is also faltering in these areas, as well as in preventing armed conflict and slowing climate change. Read the Report CardsĀ»


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