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August 5, 2016

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Understanding the Importance of NATO Allies
Stephen Sestanovich
NATO AND U.S. FLAGS FLUTTER AS U.S. AIR FORCE F-22 RAPTOR FIGHTER FLIES OVER A MILITARY AIR BASE IN SIAULIAI, LITHUANIA. (INTS KALNINS/REUTERS)

NATO AND U.S. FLAGS FLUTTER AS U.S. AIR FORCE F-22 RAPTOR FIGHTER FLIES OVER A MILITARY AIR BASE IN SIAULIAI, LITHUANIA. (INTS KALNINS/REUTERS)

Donald Trump suggested that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies would lose U.S. protection unless they "pay" more for their defense. While he is right that European military budgets are too low, U.S. policy in Central and Eastern Europe has helped create stability, prosperity, and moderate politics and should not be put at risk. Read the op-ed »

 
Finding a TPP Alternative Is Becoming a Priority
Edward Alden

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the landmark trade agreement linking the United States, Japan, and ten other Asia-Pacific countries, looks set to become a major casualty of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. For U.S. economic partners in Asia, it is time to start looking for a plan B. Read more on Renewing America »

SUMMER OLYMPICS KICK OFF IN BRAZIL

The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games
 

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed in recent decades, and the economic benefits are far from clear. Interest in hosting the event has shrunk, and an emerging consensus is that reforms are needed to lighten the burden on future host-cities. Read the Backgrounder »

 
Brazil's Stressful Month Ahead
Matthew M. Taylor

While hosting the Olympic games this month, Brazil will face a plethora of problems including pollution, the growing terrorist threat, the impending impeachment vote, and severe stresses on city infrastructure. Read more on Latin America's Moment »

 
The Zika Threat Moves North
Larry Brilliant, Laurie Garrett

The Zika virus is spreading to North America, and U.S. delays in approving research and funding could lead to a public health disaster. Read the Expert Brief »

 
Teetering at the Precipice
 

CFR's Laurie Garrett and Shannon K. O'Neil, Capital Economics Ltd.'s Neil Shearing, and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc.'s Arthur M. Rubin discussed Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial, Brazil's deepening economic recession, and the Zika virus outbreak. Read the transcript »

 
Is Rio Ready for the Olympic Games?
Juliana Barbassa

The Olympics will likely go smoothly, but spending and construction for the games will burden the city for years to come. Read the CFR Interview »

 
AN ACTIVIST AGAINST THE JUNTA-BACKED CONSTITUTION PROTESTS AHEAD OF THE AUGUST 7 REFERENDUM. (CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM/REUTERS) /  A MAP OF CHINA IS SEEN THROUGH A MAGNIFYING GLASS ON A COMPUTER SCREEN. (EDGAR SU/REUTERS) AN ACTIVIST AGAINST THE JUNTA-BACKED CONSTITUTION PROTESTS AHEAD OF THE AUGUST 7 REFERENDUM. (CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM/REUTERS) /  A MAP OF CHINA IS SEEN THROUGH A MAGNIFYING GLASS ON A COMPUTER SCREEN. (EDGAR SU/REUTERS)

AN ACTIVIST AGAINST THE JUNTA-BACKED CONSTITUTION PROTESTS AHEAD OF THE AUGUST 7 REFERENDUM. (CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM/REUTERS) / A MAP OF CHINA IS SEEN THROUGH A MAGNIFYING GLASS ON A COMPUTER SCREEN. (EDGAR SU/REUTERS)

Is Hacking Hillary Clinton Russian Payback?
David P. Fidler

Although the Russian government denies allegations that it hacked the Democratic National Committee, these attacks might constitute payback for Hillary Clinton and Democrats, who championed direct U.S. cyber support for opponents of authoritarian regimes. Read more on Net Politics »

 
What's at Stake in Thailand's Referendum
Joshua Kurlantzick

On August 7, Thailand will hold a national referendum on a proposed new constitution designed to undermine democratic institutions, preserve the power of the armed forces, and ensure that either the military or pro-military parties are in power during a royal succession. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
The Future of Chinese Hacking
Adam Segal

China hacks because it wants to move its economy from labor intensive manufacturing to high technology innovation, defeat foreign ideologies, and counter the technological advantages of the U.S. military in the Pacific. Cyber attacks are—and will continue to be—a potent tool. Read the op-ed »

 
Progress and Challenges of Women Entrepreneurs
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Female entrepreneurship around the world has been on the rise in recent years, but the potential for female entrepreneurs still remains largely untapped. Read more in Women Around the World »

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

In this week's podcast, Robert McMahon and Stewart M. Patrick discuss Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Russia, Thailand's constitutional referendum, and the seventy-first anniversary of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Listen to the podcast »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

August 7
Thailand's Constitutional Referendum
CFR Resources on: Thailand »

View the Calendar »

The Next President's Foreign Policy

The Next President's Foreign Policy

With the conventions over, the general election has officially begun. See where Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton stand on foreign policy issues like U.S.-Russia relations, confronting the self-declared Islamic State, promoting trade, and more in CFR's Campaign 2016 guide.

 
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