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February 15, 2018

United States
Trump’s Tax Success Is at the Expense of His Trade Agenda Trump’s Tax Success Is at the Expense of His Trade Agenda

It looks like a combination of tax cuts and spending increases will raise the U.S. fiscal deficit by about 2 percentage points of GDP (that’s the number Krugman used; Goldman’s US economics team puts…

January 30, 2018

Ukraine
Ukraine Flag Maidan Cyber Mercenaries and the Crisis in Ukraine

Many states outsource their cyber operations to non-state actors, with varying degrees of control over their actions. The crisis in Ukraine is a perfect example of this phenomenon. 

January 26, 2018

Olympics
The Olympic Rings and 2018 mascots on display in Gangneung, South Korea. South Korea’s Olympic Gains

South Korea hopes to solidify its image as modern and efficient as host of the winter games, but its success relies heavily on cooperation from the North.

January 8, 2018

China
China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017 Year in Review: Chinese Cyber Sovereignty in Action

2017 was a year of great energy and activism for China in cyberspace, with the Chinese leadership pushing on three interconnected fronts: information control; cybersecurity; and international norms a…

December 8, 2017

Cybersecurity
Tim Cook Cyber Week in Review: December 8, 2017

This week: Tim Cook in Wuzhen, Iranian and Israeli state-sponsored cyber operations, Section 702 reform, and Russian election interference.

December 14, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas and Jerusalem

The reaction to President Trump's decision on Jerusalem has varied widely in the Arab world. For example, the Saudi reaction has been moderate. It is well described by Rob Satloff in a report on his …

March 21, 2012

Education
Former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice discuss the CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security (Kaveh Sardari/www.sardari.com/) CFR’s Education Task Force: A Stark Warning and the Challenge Ahead

Education, perhaps more than any other issue, captures the worries over the precarious U.S. competitive position in the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the United States became the world’s m…

November 28, 2017

Economics
G20-Leaders-Summit-Germany-World-Economy The Global Economy in 2018

The global economy will confront serious challenges in the months and years ahead, and looming in the background is a mountain of debt that makes markets nervous—and that thus increases the system's vulnerability to destabilizing shocks. Yet the baseline scenario seems to be one of continuity, with no obvious convulsions on the horizon.

November 8, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Shaky Experiment in Modernization

With a bold modernization project, Saudi Arabia is embarking on reforms U.S. policymakers have been urging for decades. The crown prince’s recent crackdown could undermine this crucial effort.

November 1, 2017

North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend the bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. A Grand Bargain for the Long Game on the Korean Peninsula

Patricia Kim is the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Despite President Trump’s threats to destroy North Korea if necessary, and recent steps by Beijing to reduc…