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October 31, 2019

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $16 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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October 30, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Discussion of PBS FRONTLINE's "The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia"

Speakers discuss the FRONTLINE documentary “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” as well as U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations. This film captures the rise to power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his …

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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

Americas
AMLO’s ‘Hugs Not Bullets’ Is Failing Mexico

The president's softer approach to criminal gangs just suffered a serious setback in Sinaloa.

A burning bus, set alight by cartel gunmen to block a road, is pictured during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019.

October 22, 2019

Mexico
Mexico’s Drug War

Violence continues to rage in Mexico more than a decade after former President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels.

A Mexican Army expert shows crystal meth paste at a clandestine laboratory in Tecate, Mexico.

October 18, 2019

Democracy
Tenth Annual Back-to-School Event: Live! The World Next Week

CFR's annual Back-to-School Event celebrated the tenth anniversary of The World Next Week podcast with James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Deborah S. Amos.

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October 18, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: The Democratic Debate, Trade Policy, and the Iran Nuclear Deal

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

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren debate during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate in Westerville, Ohio, U.S., October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

October 15, 2019

Russia
Eyewitness to History: Reagan and Gorbachev at Reykjavik

Panelists provide first-hand accounts of the 1986 Reykjavik Summit with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and discuss how the Cold War–era meeting shaped future U.S.-Ru…

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October 14, 2019

Hungary
Hungary’s Populists Face New European Test

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party has become the symbol of European populism. How will Europe’s mainstream parties respond?

October 11, 2019

Russia
Stemming the Tide of Global Disinformation

Panelists discuss the extent of disinformation, its impact on democracy, and what can be done to prevent, mitigate, and stop its spread. THOMPSON: Welcome to today’s Council on Foreign Relations m…

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