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August 4, 2015

China
How to Make Compromise Compelling: Christensen and Goldstein on U.S.-China Relations

Sitting on the beach—or less fortuitously in an office—with nothing better to do in the last weeks of summer than read a few books on U.S.-China relations? You might want to pick up the new books by …

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets China's President Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit, in The Hague March 24 2014. Obama began crisis talks with his European allies on Monday after Ukraine announced the evacuation of its troops from Crimea, effectively yielding the region to Russian forces which stormed one of Kiev's last bases there. Obama, who has imposed tougher sanctions on Moscow than European leaders over its seizure of the Black Sea peninsula, will seek support for his fi

December 13, 2016

China
Reading Between the Tweets: Trump, Taiwan, and China

As the Trump-Taiwan-China saga continues to unfold, I thought it might be useful to look at the sequence of events and report on how Chinese scholars are looking at President-Elect Trump’s first fore…

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January 20, 2016

Elections and Voting
Five Foreign Policy Books the Next President Should Read

Inauguration Day is now exactly one year away. In 366 days—2016 is a Leap Year—one of the candidates now barnstorming Iowa and New Hampshire will take the oath of office. Everything will change the m…

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January 19, 2016

Human Rights
Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Wily World Leaders on the World Wide Web

Elena Goldstein is a senior at Columbia University and an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. Today, if you search “Gollum” on Google, your results …

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January 19, 2016

You Might Have Missed: Academic Journals IV

This is the fourth blog post in this series. The previous three were published in February, July, and October 2015, and highlight earlier academic findings.  Cullen S. Hendriz, “A House Divided: Thr…

Rwanda Library

December 7, 2015

United States
What’s in a Name?

On February 25, 1994, Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, during dawn prayers and murdered twenty-nine Palestinians. He derived justification for t…

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September 26, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
History Lessons: The Munich Agreement

A new installment of “History Lessons” is now out. This time I examine the signing of the Munich Agreement in the early morning hours of September 30, 1938. (The agreement itself is dated September 2…

December 22, 2011

You Might Have Missed: Counterinsurgency Tactics, Drone Casualties, and the Decline of War

U.S. Army soldiers sit behind a wall after an IED blast in Logar province on November 23, 2011 (Umit Bektas/Courtesy Reuters). - William Booth, “More Predator drones fly U.S.-Mexico border,” Washing…

U.S. Army soldiers sit behind a wall after an IED blast in Logar province on November 23, 2011 (Umit Bektas/Courtesy Reuters).

August 1, 2009

China
China linkfest

Qing Wang of Morgan Stanley: "Given China’s high national savings rate, from the perspective of the economy as a whole, there are only three forms in which China can deploy its savings: 1) onshore p…

April 15, 2009

China
The US doesn’t name China a currency manipulator

This wasn’t exactly a surprise, despite Secretary Geithner’s comments in January. The US made a large global stimulus -- and a larger IMF -- its priority in the G20, not exchange rate reform. …

The US doesn’t name China a currency manipulator