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December 2, 2019

China
As Trade War Drags On, China Revs Up Its Bad-Debt Machine

U.S. tariffs cost China about $35 billion in export receipts for the first half of this year, and—even if so-called Phase One talks succeed—are set to continue sapping revenues well into 2020. Me…

As Trade War Drags On, China Revs Up Its Bad-Debt Machine

November 22, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: The Fifth Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

Presidential candidates listen to Bernie Sanders speak.

November 20, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
STEMinism

Women and girls are excluded from career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This gender gap is causing the world to lose out on “the genius of half the population,” ac…

Podcast Female astronaut in space suit gives thumbs up sign.

November 14, 2019

United States
Distinguished Voices Series with Susan E. Rice

Susan Rice discusses her new book Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, which is a look back on her dynamic career in public service.   (Applause.) HAASS: Well, you brought you…

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November 12, 2019

United States
TWNW Presents: Why It Matters

The first episode of CFR's new podcast, Why it Matters, takes a look at nuclear launch authority in the United States.

Podcast Launch

October 29, 2019

Defense and Security
Through a Gender Lens: The Need for Robust Research into Diversity and Military Effectiveness

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is author…

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sienna De Santis and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Heidi Dean, both with Female Engagement Team, greet children during a patrol in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan.

October 25, 2019

Turkey
U.S.-Turkey Relations: The Shifting Nature of Two NATO Allies

Panelists discuss Turkey’s domestic politics, its recent actions in northern Syria, and the shifting nature of U.S.-Turkish relations in the three years since the attempted July 2016 coup. LAIPSON…

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October 23, 2019

United States
The Big Red Button

A U.S. president can launch a first-strike nuclear attack at any time and, according to the law, does not need to seek advice first. Some experts think that’s too much power to put in one person’s ha…

Podcast The Big Red Button

October 18, 2019

Germany
A Conversation With Minister Olaf Scholz of Germany

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz discusses fighting climate change in multilateral settings, European economic developments, and German economic policy. ALLEN: Good morning. Thank you all for b…

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October 18, 2019

West Africa
Worrying Trends in Côte d'Ivoire

Several successive years of being one of the world’s fastest-growing economies have made Côte d'Ivoire a darling of investors bullish about Africa. But the country’s strong economic performance has not been matched by political progress in overcoming the divides that drove the country into civil war twice in the last twenty years. With elections scheduled for 2020, many of the same antagonists that featured in those earlier conflicts are jockeying for position, giving observers and citizens an unwelcome sense of déjà vu.

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara of the Rally of the Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) party talks after casting his vote at a polling station during a presidential election in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on October 25, 2015