April 21, 2017

The World This Week

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RIP Turkey, 1921–2017
Steven A. Cook
SUPPORTERS OF TURKISH PRESIDENT TAYYIP ERDOGAN CELEBRATE THE REFERENDUM RESULTS IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY. (YAGIZ KARAHAN/REUTERS)

SUPPORTERS OF TURKISH PRESIDENT TAYYIP ERDOGAN CELEBRATE THE REFERENDUM RESULTS IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY. (YAGIZ KARAHAN/REUTERS)

Turkey’s referendum is set to alter the organization of the Turkish state in fundamental ways and in the process do away with the checks and balances in the system. Read the op-ed »

 
Bombing Afghanistan Should Not Be Celebrated
Max Boot

The use of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast in Afghanistan is a sign that the war there is not going well. Read the op-ed »

HIGH STAKES FOR THE 2017 FRENCH ELECTION

France’s Turmoil Makes Brexit Seem Tame
Sebastian Mallaby

Both Britain and France illustrate the fragile state of European politics, but France’s upcoming presidential election threatens the collapse of the European Union. Read the op-ed »

 
Europe’s Next Great Challenge
Richard N. Haass

With French membership in the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in question, the EU must rebalance power toward the national capitals in order to survive. Read the op-ed »

 
How Powerful Is France’s President?
 

The next president of France will take charge of the EU’s second largest economy, a country struggling with critical foreign and domestic policy issues, and will influence the direction of the entire continent. Get the background »

 
DEMONSTRATORS RALLY AGAINST VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO DURING THE SO-CALLED “MOTHER OF ALL MARCHES” IN CARACAS, VENEZUELA. (CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS) / AN ELECTION OFFICIAL EXAMINES A BALLOT AFTER POLLS CLOSED IN THE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION IN JAKARTA, INDONESIA. (BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS) DEMONSTRATORS RALLY AGAINST VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO DURING THE SO-CALLED “MOTHER OF ALL MARCHES” IN CARACAS, VENEZUELA. (CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS) / AN ELECTION OFFICIAL EXAMINES A BALLOT AFTER POLLS CLOSED IN THE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION IN JAKARTA, INDONESIA. (BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS)

DEMONSTRATORS RALLY AGAINST VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO DURING THE SO-CALLED “MOTHER OF ALL MARCHES” IN CARACAS, VENEZUELA. (CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS) / AN ELECTION OFFICIAL EXAMINES A BALLOT AFTER POLLS CLOSED IN THE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION IN JAKARTA, INDONESIA. (BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS)

How Did Venezuela’s Crisis Begin?
 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime is confronted by an unprecedented economic crisis, mass protests, and international condemnation. Get the background »

 
Religious Tolerance Is Eroding in Jakarta
Karen B. Brooks

Considered a victory by Islamist hardliners, the results of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election threaten Indonesia’s ability to remain an open and pluralistic society. Read the interview »

 
The U.S. Should Get Tough on North Korea
Joshua Stanton, Sung-Yoon Lee, Bruce Klingner

Washington must make clear to both Pyongyang and Beijing that it would prefer the regime’s chaotic collapse to a stable, nuclear-armed North Korea. Read more in Foreign Affairs »

The President’s Inbox: The Turkish Referendum

The President’s Inbox: The Turkish Referendum

In this week’s episode, CFR’s James M. LindsayRobert McMahon, and Steven A. Cook examine the implications of the Turkish referendum for U.S. foreign policy. Listen to the podcast »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

April 23
First Round of French Presidential Elections
CFR Resources on: The French Elections »

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INSIDE CFR

Nobel Prize–winning psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman discusses behavioral economics. Watch the discussion »

Jeffrey Liebman, Maya Shankar, Elspeth Kirkman, and Zachary Karabell discuss behavioral insights in policymaking. Watch the discussion »

Benoit Coeure discusses the European Central Bank, the effectiveness of the bank’s asset purchase program, and the impact on international capital flows. Watch the discussion »

Watch upcoming CFR events on the website or live on Facebook.

 

The Consequences of Deforestation in the Amazon

The Consequences of Deforestation in the Amazon

“In the last fifty years, Brazil’s Amazon has lost nearly a fifth of its forest cover—almost three hundred thousand square miles,” asserts this CFR InfoGuide, Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest. “Researchers say halting and reversing land clearance in tropical forests could reduce global carbon emissions by nearly a third.” Explore the interactive »