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May 13, 2016

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A New President in the Philippines
Joshua Kurlantzick
PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT-ELECT RODRIGO 'DIGONG' DUTERTE KISSES THE PHILIPPINE FLAG. (ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS

PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT-ELECT RODRIGO 'DIGONG' DUTERTE KISSES THE PHILIPPINE FLAG. (ROMEO RANOCO/REUTERS

The Philippines’ election of Rodrigo Duterte raises deep concerns about the country’s politics, as well as the overall state of democracy in Southeast Asia. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
Can Puerto Rico Escape Its Debt Crisis?
Brad W. Setser

Without action from Congress, Puerto Rico’s debt crisis could cripple the island’s government and threaten the provision of basic services. Read the CFR interview »

KIM JONG-UN’S NORTH KOREA

Kim Jong-un’s Coronation
Scott A. Snyder

By taking the title of chairman of the North Korean Workers’ Party, Kim Jong-un signaled that he is no longer reliant solely on his father and grandfather’s legacy, and that he expects the world to accept his absolute leadership of a permanently nuclear North Korea. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
The Candidates on North Korea
 

North Korea will be a leading security concern for the next president. CFR’s nonpartisan campaign guide examines how each candidate plans to handle the North Korean threat. Compare the candidates »

 
The China-North Korea Relationship
 

While Beijing appears willing to condemn its neighbor’s nuclear developments, analysts say its cautious policies remain focused on stability. Read the Backgrounder »

 
Reining in North Korea
Sulmaan Khan

U.S. policymakers and pundits may be mystified as to why China does not do more to rein in North Korea, but the reason is simple: Beijing still needs Pyongyang­—all the more so given Washington’s pivot to Asia. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
A BOY PLANTS RICE IN A FIELD IN LARKANA IN PAKISTAN'S SINDH PROVINCE. (NADEEM SOOMRO/REUTERS) / A VIEW OF THE FIERY CROSS REEF IN THE DISPUTED SPRATLY ISLANDS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (U.S. NAVY/REUTERS) A BOY PLANTS RICE IN A FIELD IN LARKANA IN PAKISTAN'S SINDH PROVINCE. (NADEEM SOOMRO/REUTERS) / A VIEW OF THE FIERY CROSS REEF IN THE DISPUTED SPRATLY ISLANDS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (U.S. NAVY/REUTERS)

A BOY PLANTS RICE IN A FIELD IN LARKANA IN PAKISTAN'S SINDH PROVINCE. (NADEEM SOOMRO/REUTERS) / A VIEW OF THE FIERY CROSS REEF IN THE DISPUTED SPRATLY ISLANDS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (U.S. NAVY/REUTERS)

Asia’s Looming Water Crisis
 

Asia’s major rivers depend on water flows from the Himalayas, and regional demand—propelled by population growth and rapid urbanization—continues to grow at an unsustainable rate. Explore the Backgrounder »

 
Behind China’s Gambit in Pakistan
 

China’s flagship investment project in Pakistan, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, could provide a much needed economic spark, but significant security and political challenges loom. Read the Expert Brief »

 
Preparing for Cyber War
David P. Fidler

The proposed Cyber Act of War Act, intended to better prepare the United States for a cyberattack response, is a proposal for a problem the law cannot fix. Read more on Net Politics »

 
China’s Maritime Disputes
 

This week, the United States sailed a warship near the disputed Fiery Cross Reef, challenging China’s maritime claims. CFR’s interactive looks at the ongoing disputes in the East and South China Seas. Explore the InfoGuide »

 
A Right Turn in Peru
Matthew Taylor

While the world is distracted by developments in Brazil, Venezuela, and Cuba, a potentially significant election campaign is underway in Peru and may have long-term implications for the success of the region’s “right turn.” 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 the inauguration of the president of Taiwan, the one hundredth anniversary of Sykes-Picot agreement, and the UN Security Council envoy to Somalia. Listen to the podcast »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

May 16
Centennial of Sykes-Picot Agreement
CFR Resources on: Middle East »

May 17
Primaries in Kentucky and Oregon
CFR Resources on: Campaign 2016 »

View the Calendar »

INSIDE CFR

Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, CFR’s Adam Segal, New York District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and the Wall Street Journal’s L. Gordon Crovitz discuss the tradeoff between privacy and security in the debate over government access to encrypted data. Watch the discussion »

 
Winning the Cold War in the Middle East

Winning the Cold War in the Middle East

“The underreported story of the Cold War is that the United States succeeded in achieving many of its objectives in the Middle East,” argue Ray Takeyh, CFR senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, and Steven Simon, visiting scholar at Dartmouth College. In The Pragmatic Superpower, the authors cut against conventional wisdom to shed new light on the makings of the modern Middle East and draw lessons for U.S. strategy today.

 
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