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May 27, 2016

The World This Week

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Normalizing U.S.-Vietnam Relations
Joshua Kurlantzick
U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ATTENDS A TOWN HALL MEETING IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS)

U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ATTENDS A TOWN HALL MEETING IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS)

Despite gradual economic and strategic normalization, it is the end of the arms embargo on Vietnam—which President Barack Obama announced this week he would lift—that marks the final step in restoring full relations. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
Reconciling With Sykes-Picot
Richard N. Haass

In some ways, the Middle East that existed before the Sykes-Picot agreement—the 1916 agreement that came to define modern Middle East borders—is coming back, but without the order imposed by the Ottoman Empire. As a result, the region could suffer far worse in the next century than it did in the last. Read the op-ed »

THE G7 MEETS IN JAPAN

For Japan, a G7 to Remember
Sheila A. Smith

Japan hosted the Group of Seven (G7) summit at a time of rising tensions in Asia and worrying economic trends in the world, but for many, the gathering was be sidelined by a U.S. presidential visit to Hiroshima. Read the Expert Brief »

 
What is the Group of Seven?
 

The G7 is intended to serve as a forum for industrialized democracies to coordinate economic policies, but critics say that it is ineffective and its membership is outdated and exclusive. Read the Backgrounder »

 
Grading Global Cooperation
Council of Councils

G7 meetings cover issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy. Global think tank leaders recently graded international cooperation on these issues and more in a new report card. Explore the 2015 report card »

 
A DRONE FLIES OVER KUMANOVO, MACEDONIA. (OGNEN TEOFILOVSKI/REUTERS) / PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE LAY WREATHS AT HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL PARK IN JAPAN. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS) A DRONE FLIES OVER KUMANOVO, MACEDONIA. (OGNEN TEOFILOVSKI/REUTERS) / PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE LAY WREATHS AT HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL PARK IN JAPAN. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS)

A DRONE FLIES OVER KUMANOVO, MACEDONIA. (OGNEN TEOFILOVSKI/REUTERS) / PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE LAY WREATHS AT HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL PARK IN JAPAN. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS)

The Last Days of Imperial Japan
 

On Friday, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the first atomic bombing. CFR's timeline offers an interactive look back at the final days of imperial Japan. Explore the timeline »

 
Are Drone Strikes Good Policy?
Micah Zenko

The U.S. killing of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour is a chance to test whether or not targeted killings serve U.S. interests in the region. Read more on Politics, Power, and Preventive Action »

 
Small Steps Toward Better a Humanitarian System
Stewart M. Patrick

The inaugural World Humanitarian Summit achieved some gains, but to address pressing global humanitarian demands, more sweeping measures will be needed. Read more on The Internationalist »

 
Russian Politics Under Putin
Gleb Pavlovsky

Despite his reputation as an all-powerful czar, Russian President Vladimir Putin never managed to build a bureaucratically successful state. The political system that preceded Putin will also outlive him. Read more on ForeignAffairs »

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 upcoming challenges for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, as well as the Afghan Taliban's new leader. Listen to the podcast » 

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

May 29
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
CFR Resources on: Peacekeeping in Africa »

View the Calendar »

INSIDE CFR

John C. Williams, president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Federal Reserve, discusses evolving challenges and approaches to monetary policy, as well as fiscal policies aimed at enhancing long-run growth. Watch the discussion »

Former Governor of Michigan John Engler, Willett Advisors Chairman Steven L. Rattner, Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Jay C. Shambaugh, and senior Advisor at the U.S. Global Development Lab Mira Patel discuss steps the U.S. federal government can take to bolster economic competitiveness in international markets. Watch the discussion »

 

CFR Blog: Follow the Money

CFR Blog: Follow the Money

Senior Fellow Brad W. Setser's blog, Follow the Moneyis back after a seven year hiatus. Subscribe to the blog for analysis on the global economy and follow him on Twitter @Brad_Setser.

 
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