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January 9, 2018

Vietnam War
In New Book, Max Boot Argues One CIA Operative Could Have Changed the Course of the Vietnam War

January 9, 2018—The Vietnam War “might have taken a very different course—one that was less costly and potentially more successful—if the counsel of this CIA operative and Air Force officer had been …

December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

December 20, 2017

Global Governance
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Desperately Seeking Sherpas: Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2018

The Trump administration’s approach to ten critical global summits in the year ahead will show whether its pullback from multilateralism in 2017 was an aberration or the start of a new normal.

November 29, 2017

United States
US-Debt-BGR-Header-2-1160x630.jpg Trump and the National Debt

The U.S. national debt now exceeds $14 trillion, prompting calls for tax reform and spending cuts as President Trump works with Congress on budget plans. 

October 4, 2017

China
U.S. President Donald Trump interacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. The Trump Administration Doesn’t Care About Human Rights in China—Here’s Why They Should

Viola Rothschild is a research associate in Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. When United States President Donald J. Trump makes his first visit to China next month, you can bet th…

July 10, 2017

Turkey
TurkeyMarchJustice The Massive Protest Putting Turkey's Erdogan on the Defensive

The March on Justice, organized by opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, puts Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a bind: He can try to stop it, risking violence, or he can let it go on and wat…

July 10, 2017

China
Relatives of detained rights lawyers and activists protest in front of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, July 7, 2017. Why Beijing Fails to Fight Human Trafficking

Despite a verbal commitment to international standards, the Chinese government lacks the political will to take on trafficking and protect broader human rights.

January 27, 2014

Fossil Fuels
Implications of Reduced Oil Imports for the U.S. Trade Deficit

Robert Lawrence shows that, absent other changes in the economy, benefits from declining oil imports for the long-term U.S. trade deficit have been overstated.

March 16, 2007

Trade
The United States and the WTO Dispute Settlement System

Overview The Doha negotiations have stalled since last summer, and, as the November elections in the United States highlighted, American advocates of economic nationalism are growing in strength. …

April 14, 2017

Health
Will the Director General Election Bring About the Change the World Health Organization is Looking for?

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. For those who have been used to the noise and excitement in U.S. …