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July 29, 2016

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Brazil's Agonizing August
Matthew M. Taylor
A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WALKS BY A LOGO OF THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS)

A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WALKS BY A LOGO OF THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS)

With the Olympic games beginning in Rio de Janeiro next week, continued concerns over the Zika virus, and an impending impeachment vote for suspended President Dilma Rousseff, August is looking to be a stressful month for Brazil. Read more on Latin America's Moment »

 
Fighting Weakening Fuel Economy Standards
Varun Sivaram

As the price of oil has plummeted, the cost savings associated with the Obama administration's fuel economy standards have too. But the standards are still critical for combating climate change. Read the op-ed »

THE GENERAL ELECTION BEGINS

Where the Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy
 

With both conventions over, the general election is officially underway. Compare Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's stances on foreign policy issues including Russia, national security, and trade. Explore Campaign 2016 »

 
Presidents Need Experience
Elizabeth N. Saunders

Newly elected presidents often seek advice on how to set up a good foreign-policy process, but a team of experienced advisors cannot make up for a lack of experience at the top. Read the op-ed »

 
Russia and the U.S. Election
Max Boot

Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to reorient U.S. policy toward Russia by helping to elect Donald Trump. Read the op-ed »

 
The Next President Will Be a War President
Micah Zenko

Whoever is elected will be a war president on day one, with the power and autonomy to undertake destabilizing shows of force, drone strikes, special operations raids, and ever-deepening military interventions—and this probably suits Hillary Clinton just fine. Read the op-ed »

 
PEOPLE ATTEND A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR THE VICTIMS OF AN ATTACK IN DHAKA, BANGLADESH. (ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS) / A CHILD SITS OUTSIDE A LOCKED SHACK IN NKANENG TOWNSHIP IN RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. (SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS) PEOPLE ATTEND A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR THE VICTIMS OF AN ATTACK IN DHAKA, BANGLADESH. (ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS) / A CHILD SITS OUTSIDE A LOCKED SHACK IN NKANENG TOWNSHIP IN RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. (SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS)

PEOPLE ATTEND A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR THE VICTIMS OF AN ATTACK IN DHAKA, BANGLADESH. (ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS) / A CHILD SITS OUTSIDE A LOCKED SHACK IN NKANENG TOWNSHIP IN RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. (SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS)

The Struggle Over Bangladesh's Future
Alyssa Ayres

The recent rise of Islamist violence in Bangladesh occurs amid a polarizing political debate over the country's identity. Read the CFR Interview »

 
How the Government Responds to Cyber Incidents
Robert K. Knake

This week, the White House released a Cyber Incident Severity Schema to rank cyber threats, but it should not be compared to the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System. Read more on Net Politics »

 
Cambodia Politics in Crisis
Joshua Kurlantzick

In the run-up to national elections in 2018, Cambodia may be returning to the violent politics of the 1990s and early 2000s, when many opposition politicians, activists, and journalists were killed. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
Can South Africa Narrow Its Wealth Divide?
John Campbell

Local elections in South Africa will provide a barometer for public concerns over a stubborn problem: how to reduce stark inequalities between whites and blacks. Read the Expert Brief »

 
Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle
 

This week, the White House announced that the United States will admit more Central American refugees. This primer explains the region's skyrocketing violence that is causing tens of thousands of Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans to flee. 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 France and Germany after recent attacks, the hackers and security experts' meeting in Las Vegas, and the start of the Rio Olympics. Listen to the podcast »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

August 5
Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony
CFR Resources on: 2016 Olympics »

View the Calendar »

INSIDE CFR

Capital Economics' Neil Shearing, SMBC Nikko Securities America's Arthur M. Rubin, and CFR's Shannon K. O'Neil and Laurie Garrett discuss Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial, Brazil's deepening economic recession, the Zika virus outbreak, and other issues facing Brazil as the country prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Watch the discussion »

 

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Are you a mid-career professional interested in broadening your foreign policy experience? We are seeking applicants for the 2017–2018 International Affairs Fellowship programs. For program details, eligibility requirements, and online application instructions, visit www.cfr.org/fellowships

 
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