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June 28, 2018

United States
summer reading 2018 What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

July 25, 2018

North Korea
The End of War and the North Korean Model for Working Toward “Complete Denuclearization” The End of War and the North Korean Model for Working Toward “Complete Denuclearization”

The weeks following the Singapore summit have thus far not delivered a clear public roadmap or timeline for how and when it will be possible to achieve peace or denuclearization following the Kim-Tru…

August 15, 2018

South Korea
South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech. Moon Jae-in’s 2018 Liberation Day Speech and South Korea’s Foreign Policy

The commemoration marking the anniversary of the end of World War II is always a bittersweet moment in South Korea. It marks a day of euphoria on the Korean peninsula that carries with it both the le…

February 13, 2015

Education
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 2015 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters). Scott Walker's Risky College Experiment

Since 2000, the percent of state budgets devoted to higher education has fallen from 13 percent to 9.5 percent. This decline in funding has strained public university finances, reduced pay for many p…

August 2, 2018

South Korea
Is South Korea Pro-China and Anti-Japan? It’s Complicated. Is South Korea Pro-China and Anti-Japan? It’s Complicated.

Sungtae (Jacky) Park is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. The history of Korea’s relations with China and Japan going back to ancient times shows that Koreans have always h…

August 16, 2018

China
Lunar New Year The Internet Was Created in the United States, But China Will Shape Its Future

For good reason, Russia and Russian hacking have dominated discussions about cyberspace this summer. But policymakers also must not lose track of the more decisive, long-term threat: China.

January 2, 2018

South Korea
South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers U.S. Alliance Remains South Korea’s Strongest Security Guarantee, Argues Scott Snyder in New Book

January 2, 2018—“South Korea’s only viable strategic option for the foreseeable future is continued cultivation and strengthening of the alliance with the United States,” argues Scott A. Snyder in So…

June 12, 2018

North Korea
Singapore Summit: The Meeting Is The Message Singapore Summit: The Meeting Is The Message

Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un changed the trajectory of the U.S.-North Korea relationship from confrontation toward cooperation and provided dramatic images of reconciliation with their well-hyped …

August 16, 2018

Germany
Nord Stream 2 pipes Nord Stream 2: Is Germany ‘Captive’ to Russian Energy?

President Trump has targeted Germany over its supposed dependence on Russian natural gas, and the proposed Nord Stream 2 is dividing the EU. What’s in store for Europe’s pipeline politics?

June 8, 2018

North Korea
Six Things to Look For From the Trump-Kim Summit In Singapore Six Things to Look For From the Trump-Kim Summit In Singapore

With less than one week to go before the first-ever encounter between an American president and a North Korean leader, there is all manner of speculation about whether the historic Trump-Kim summit c…