Trump’s Foreign Policy

President Donald J. Trump's efforts at bringing peace to the Middle East so far are missing a key ingredient: Sunni Arab states. (Photo: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters)

Iran

Iran

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a potential run at being Iran’s next supreme leader.

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Security Alliances

Politics and Government

Michael Fullilove and Robin Niblett join CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining how America's allies view the Trump presidency.

 

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Security Alliances

As tensions in Northeast Asia grow over Pyongyang’s nuclear pursuits, collective action is the only way to bring stability to the region.
Homeland Security

Defense and Security

The dismissal of FBI Director James Comey raises concerns about the government’s ability to investigate Russian meddling in U.S. elections, and the broader national security role of the agency.

 

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Global Governance

Global Governance

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Andrew Natsios, former Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining the U.S. role in mitigating famine and humanitarian crises abroad.

CFR on the Record

Middle East and North Africa

Global

This session addresses strategies to counter violent extremism by capitalizing on the contributions of women.

Middle East and North Africa

Philip H. Gordon, Farah Pandith, and James M. Lindsay discuss the future of the Middle East.

Expert Spotlight

Stephen Sestanovich

George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Russia Europe and Eurasia U.S. Foreign Policy

Scott A. Snyder

Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

North Korea South Korea Asia

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NATO The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Russian aggression in Ukraine has breathed new life into the Cold War-era security alliance, prompting allies to reinforce defenses in Eastern Europe and expand cooperation with nonmembers. (Photo: Karl Andersen/U.S. Navy)

Trade NAFTA’s Economic Impact

More than twenty years after its implementation, the North American Free Trade Agreement continues to spur debate over its impact on economic growth and jobs. (Photo: Josue Gonzalez/Reuters)

Sub-Saharan Africa Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

China China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.

United States How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

Featured Publications

Monetary Policy

In this biography of Alan Greenspan, Sebastian Mallaby brilliantly explores Greenspan's life and legacy and tells the story of the making of modern finance.

U.S. Foreign Policy

CFR President Richard N. Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace.

Laos

The definitive account of the secret war in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos, which lasted almost two decades and forever changed the CIA’s controversial role in foreign policy.