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May 6, 2016

The World This Week

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Will the Nuclear Deal Transform Iran?
Philip H. Gordon
IRANIANS CELEBRATE ON THE STREETS FOLLOWING AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF A NUCLEAR DEAL WITH MAJOR POWERS. (REUTERS/TIMA)

IRANIANS CELEBRATE ON THE STREETS FOLLOWING AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF A NUCLEAR DEAL WITH MAJOR POWERS. (REUTERS/TIMA)

Though critics of the nuclear deal have pointed out that Iran is now better positioned to extend its destabilizing influence throughout the region, such criticism misses the point. The deal was concluded with narrower aims and it was never realistic to imagine that it would lead to immediate changes. Read the op-ed »

 
America Will Regret Abandoning the Middle East
Ray Takeyh

For decades, the United States had an understanding that the Middle East mattered, but this presidential campaign has killed it. Read the op-ed »

THE CRISIS IN VENEZUELA

The Descent Into Chaos
Robert Kahn

The economic crisis in Venezuela has intensified to the point where a chaotic default is not a question of ‘if,’ but ‘when.’ Read more in Macro and Markets »

 
What Can the United States Do?
Patrick Duddy

There is little the United States can do on its own to affect change within Venezuela, and protracted political and economic crises would be damaging to long-term U.S. interests, such as promoting human rights and representative democracy. Read the Contingency Planning Memorandum »

 
How Venezuela Got Here
 

Stringent currency and price controls and a thriving black market for U.S. dollars have contributed to inflation, stagnant production, and frequent shortages in Venezuela. Read the Backgrounder »

 
A CAR BURNS AT THE SCENE OF A BOMB EXPLOSION IN NIGERIA. (AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERS) / MEXICAN PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PENA NIETO VISITS THE WHITE HOUSE. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS) A CAR BURNS AT THE SCENE OF A BOMB EXPLOSION IN NIGERIA. (AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERS) / MEXICAN PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PENA NIETO VISITS THE WHITE HOUSE. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

A CAR BURNS AT THE SCENE OF A BOMB EXPLOSION IN NIGERIA. (AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERS) / MEXICAN PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PENA NIETO VISITS THE WHITE HOUSE. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

What Makes Boko Haram Tick?
John Campbell

The terror group Boko Haram is diminished but far from vanquished in Nigeria, and it appears to be expanding its reach outside of Nigeria. Read the Expert Brief »

 
Global Mexico
Stewart M. Patrick

After decades of defining its international role in terms of its relationship to the United States, Mexico is looking further afield but struggling to define a coherent strategic vision. Read more in The Internationalist »

 
The Clean Energy Revolution
Varun Sivaram and Teryn Norris

By investing at home and leading a technology push abroad, the United States could give clean energy innovation a badly needed boost. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
TTIP Leaks
David Fidler

Environmental activist group Greenpeace has disclosed negotiating documents on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the United States and the European Union. This spells trouble for modernizing international trade law for the digital age. Read more on Net Politics »

 
Battle in Brazil
Matthew Taylor

Right now in Brazil, legitimacy is a scarce commodity for all the major actors. Read more on Latin America’s Moment »

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

In this week’s podcast, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon discuss residential elections held in the Philippines, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit, and the World Economic Forum on Africa. Listen to the podcast »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

May 8
Victory in Europe Day
CFR Resources on: Europe »

May 9
Presidential Elections in the Philippines
CFR Resources on: Philippines »

May 10
Primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia
CFR Resources on: Campaign 2016 »

View the Calendar »

INSIDE CFR

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Robert B. Neller, and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, discuss challenges facing the U.S. military. Watch the discussion »

Panama’s Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado discusses the political, economic, and foreign policy issues—including the impact of the Panama Papers—that face Panama and the region. Watch the discussion »

In a four part symposium, experts discuss the stability, economics, and geopolitics of Southern Asia. Watch the discussion »

CFR’s Steven A. Cook, Burson-Marsteller’s Donald A. Baer, and National Public Radio’s Deborah Amos discuss public opinion trends among Arab youth, including perceptions of economic opportunities, religion, and the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Watch the discussion »

 

Richard N. Haass on Facebook

Richard N. Haass on Facebook

CFR President Richard N. Haass is now on Facebook! “Like” his page to join the discussion and get insight on world events from one of America’s most trusted foreign policy experts. 

 
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