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One Hundred Years of Sykes-Picot - Grading Global Cooperation - Central American Migration

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May 20, 2016

The World This Week

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The State of the World Is Better Than You Think
Stewart M. Patrick
U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SIGNS THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE AT UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS WITH HIS TWO-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER ON HIS LAP. (CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS)

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SIGNS THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE AT UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS WITH HIS TWO-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER ON HIS LAP. (CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS)

Nations have made significant progress in addressing global challenges like climate change, nuclear proliferation, and health, according to a survey of leading international think tanks. Read more on The Internationalist »

 
Migration From Central America
Shannon K. O’Neil

Violence in Central America will not diminish anytime soon, meaning migration flows to the United States will not either. Read more on Latin America's Moment »

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AFTER SYKES-PICOT

Don’t Blame Sykes-Picot for the Middle East’s Mess
Steven A. Cook

The Middle East’s current unrest is less a result of arbitrary borders than a product of the corrupt autocrats ruling within those borders. Read the op-ed »

 
Dispersing the Kurds
 

After the Sykes-Picot agreement, the Kurds, inhabiting previously Ottoman territories, were dispersed across the newly demarcated borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran, and repeatedly revolted against their new authorities. Explore the InfoGuide »

 
Pipelines in the Sand
Rachel Havrelock

Many historians misunderstand Sykes-Picot as a random act of colonial mapmaking. In fact, the secret World War I agreement between France and the United Kingdom had everything to do with oil. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
REFUGEE YOUTHS GESTURE FROM BEHIND A FENCE AT A REFUGEE CAMP IN TURKEY. (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) / MEMBERS OF A TAIWANESE INDEPENDENCE GROUP MARCH WITH FLAGS AROUND A PRO-CHINA GROUP. (TYRONE SIU/REUTERS) REFUGEE YOUTHS GESTURE FROM BEHIND A FENCE AT A REFUGEE CAMP IN TURKEY. (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) / MEMBERS OF A TAIWANESE INDEPENDENCE GROUP MARCH WITH FLAGS AROUND A PRO-CHINA GROUP. (TYRONE SIU/REUTERS)

REFUGEE YOUTHS GESTURE FROM BEHIND A FENCE AT A REFUGEE CAMP IN TURKEY. (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) / MEMBERS OF A TAIWANESE INDEPENDENCE GROUP MARCH WITH FLAGS AROUND A PRO-CHINA GROUP. (TYRONE SIU/REUTERS)

Humanitarian Summit Shines Spotlight on Turkey
Kemal Kirişci

Next week’s humanitarian summit in Istanbul comes as Turkey, home to the world’s largest refugee population, pursues increasingly illiberal policies. Read the CFR interview »

 
China-Taiwan Relations
 

As Taiwan inaugurates new President Tsai Ing-wen, differences over the island’s status continue to fuel tensions with the mainland. Explore the Backgrounder »

 
Obama and the Vietnam Arms Embargo
Joshua Kurlantzick

Vietnam’s enormous strategic importance makes it worthwhile for the United States to consider steps—including lifting the arms sales embargo—to develop a closer defense relationship. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
Democracy in Hong Kong
 

The arrival of the highest-ranking member of the Chinese government to visit Hong Kong since pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014 sparked protests this week. Explore the Backgrounder »

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 Austria’s second round of presidential elections, the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, and President Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam. Listen to the podcast »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

May 23
World Humanitarian Summit
CFR Resources on: Humanitarian Intervention »

May 26 - 27
G7 Summit, Japan
CFR Resources on: The Group of Seven »

View the Calendar »

INSIDE CFR

CFR President Richard N. Haass, Lowy Institute for International Policy Executive Director Michael Fullilove, East Asia Institute President Sook Jong Lee, and Institute for National Security Studies Director Amos Yadlin discuss the mounting challenges to international cooperation today. Watch the discussion »

 

Grading International Cooperation in 2015

A new Report Card on International Cooperation finds that multilateral action on most of the critical transnational threats has shown progress, but is still inadequate in addressing terrorism and other violent conflicts. The Council of Councils, a CFR initiative comprising twenty-six major international policy institutes, surveyed the heads of member think tanks to evaluate the world’s performance on ten of the most important issues of 2015, and awarded overall global cooperation efforts in 2015 a B grade. Explore the rest of the report card »

 
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