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June 12, 2020

United States
The World Next Week: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer

Each year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a special episode of The World Next Week on our summer reading recommendations. Being sticklers for tradition, we did so again this year. We thought,…

Picture of the book "A Burning," with red and yellow flames and a train, a screenshot of an episode of the podcast "More Perfect," and the preview of the documentary The Civil War with a picture of a cannon in front of a sunset.

May 27, 2020

Grand Strategy
Trump’s Foreign Policy Doctrine? The Withdrawal Doctrine.

President Trump’s penchant for going it alone makes little sense in a world increasingly defined by global challenges that can best be met through collective action.

President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

June 10, 2020

United States
Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness

U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA’s role has diminished, and the number of global space competitors is growing.

Space Launch

June 8, 2020

Germany
Trump’s Sudden and Dangerous Troop Withdrawal From Germany

President Donald J. Trump’s order to withdraw nearly ten thousand U.S. troops from Germany betrays a close ally, undermines confidence in Washington, and makes Europe and the United States less safe…

May 12, 2020

World Order
The World: A Brief Introduction

Teaching Notes for The World: A Brief Introduction, written by Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass.

Teaching Notes for The World by Richard N. Haass

May 12, 2020

Globalization
Deglobalization and Its Discontents

Globalization is a reality that cannot be ignored or wished away. The only choice is how best to respond.

Deglobalization/The Wall

May 11, 2020

China
A Cold War With China Would Be a Mistake

Beijing poses some real challenges, but the most formidable threats the U.S. now faces are transnational problems like pandemics, climate change, cyberattacks, and terrorism.

U.S. China New Cold War

May 14, 2020

Cybersecurity
Is Digital Always Better?

Digital technology has been widely embraced, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. However, in some situations, it could actually make systems more prone to unpredictable accidents. Policymaker…

Computer network equipment is seen in a server room in Vienna, Austria.

April 14, 2020

Southeast Asia
Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s Response

Duterte, like other illiberal populists, has fumbled his initial handling of the pandemic. The fallout could damage his popularity and legacy.

Passengers wear protective masks while waiting at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on March 13, 2020, following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of a local travel ban in the Philippine capital

April 27, 2020

Yemen
Yemen in Crisis

Yemen’s mounting internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an escalating political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Five Houthis ride atop a military vehicle.