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June 14, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs July August 2018 Cover What Kind of World are We Living In?

“Life today seems like a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying something,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs. It seems as i…

May 23, 2018

Brazil
Workers assemble riding toys of Brazilian toymaker Estrela at a factory in Hernandarias, Paraguay February 7, 2017. Latin America Needs More Home-Grown Supply Chains

Latin American nations remain isolated, trading little with each other. Regional economic integration is vital to compete globally and grow faster domestically. In order to do this, they must create cross-border supply chains and move up in the value chain.

March 2, 2018

South Korea
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea’s Kim Yong-nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Will South Korea’s Olympic Diplomacy Last?

South Korea must capitalize on its diplomatic push to bridge the divide between its longtime ally and its combative neighbor.

April 15, 2016

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
U.S. President Barack Obama walks onstage for his press conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2016. The Nuclear Security Summits: Welcoming Strangers Bearing Gifts

The following is a guest post by Naomi Egel, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. The nuclear security summits, one of President Obama’s greatest leg…

January 30, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Play RTSXIXP_EC.jpg 'The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State'

Graeme Wood discusses The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State, his intimate new account of what drives the jihadi group’s true believers.

September 12, 2013

International Organizations
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov after delivering opening remarks to the media before their meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria, in Geneva Russia’s Syria Initiative: Beware Strangers Bearing Gifts

Moscow has seized the initiative in the increasingly dizzying diplomacy over Syria’s chemical weapons (CW). By picking up on Secretary of State John Kerry’s offhand remark—that Damascus might avoid a…

December 22, 2017

China
Tung Chee Hwa, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China, addresses the media during a press conference in the Davos congress center January 29. Tung Chee Hwa is amongst 2000 high ranking representatives from politics and economy participating in the World Economic Forum's 29th annual meeting. Beware Chinese Influence but Be Wary of a China Witch Hunt

The recent spate of articles and books on rising Chinese influence in the Australian and New Zealand political systems has prompted U.S. officials, journalists, and others to take a harder look at ho…

November 13, 2017

Women and Economic Growth
A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

I recently hosted a CFR roundtable meeting with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the Obama Foundation, a board member of Lyft and Ariel Financial, and a senior advisor to the media company Attn. As…

October 30, 2017

China
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao, Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Chinese president Jiang Zemin raise their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing, China. The Four Traps China May Fall Into

One dominant theme of President Xi Jinping’s political report at the 19th Party Congress is China’s national rejuvenation. China was described as a “great power” or a “strong power” 26 times in his s…

October 1, 2017

Iran
Ideology and Foreign Policy

Barack Obama undertook two supremely ideological foreign policy moves. In both cases he seemed largely motivated by myths about American "crimes" in the past, and for that reason failed or refused to…