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August 12, 2016

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Turkey Is No Longer a Reliable Ally
Steven A. Cook, Michael Koplow
TURKISH PRIME MINISTER RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN LISTENS AS U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ADDRESSES A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2013. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

TURKISH PRIME MINISTER RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN LISTENS AS U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ADDRESSES A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2013. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

The fallout between Turkey and the United States after the failed coup has demonstrated that Ankara and Washington no longer share values or interests. It is time for the United States to search for more reliable allies. Read the op-ed »

 
Meet the Refugee Olympic Team
 

A team of ten refugee athletes are representing more than twenty-one million refugees from around the world at the 2016 Rio Games. The International Olympic Committee created the team to bring attention to refugee crises around the world. Watch the video »

 
The Wishes of the Heisei Emperor
Sheila A. Smith

Japanese Emperor Akihito's stated desire to relinquish the throne has posed some thorny questions to Japan's political and social leaders. Read more on Asia Unbound »

THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND FOREIGN POLICY

The Isolationist Temptation
Richard N. Haass

The United States is in the midst of a new foreign policy debate that pits a besieged traditional internationalism against an energized new isolationism, and the stakes are very high for global security. Read the op-ed »

 
Building on Foreign Policy Success
Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Because of investments at home and engagement overseas, the United States will remain the world's preeminent power for decades to come—as long as the country continues to lead. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
Comparing the Candidates on Foreign Policy
 

Find out where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on foreign policy issues like U.S.-China relations, combating the self-proclaimed Islamic State, managing international trade, and others. Compare the candidates »

 
SOUTH AFRICA'S PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA REACTS DURING THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MUNINCIPAL ELECTION RESULTS. (SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS) / THAILAND'S PRIME MINISTER PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA WAVES AFTER A IN BANGKOK. (ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS) SOUTH AFRICA'S PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA REACTS DURING THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MUNINCIPAL ELECTION RESULTS. (SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS) / THAILAND'S PRIME MINISTER PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA WAVES AFTER A IN BANGKOK. (ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS)

SOUTH AFRICA'S PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA REACTS DURING THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MUNINCIPAL ELECTION RESULTS. (SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS) / THAILAND'S PRIME MINISTER PRAYUTH CHAN-OCHA WAVES AFTER A IN BANGKOK. (ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS)

What Are the Actual Arguments About the TPP?
Edward Alden

For all the heated debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, many of the central provisions are not well understood. Read the op-ed »

 
Changing Politics in South Africa
John Campbell

The recent municipal elections appear to signal the end of the domination of the party of Nelson Mandela in South African politics, the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC has been moving away from grassroots democracy and toward greater centralization under President Jacob Zuma. Read more on Africa in Transition »

 
Thailand's Democratic Erosion
Karen B. Brooks

The adoption of the junta-drafted constitution is the latest episode in the deterioration of Thailand's democratic system. Read the CFR interview »

 
Why the Islamic State Endures
 

A U.S.-led coalition has expanded its operations to Libya and pushed back the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic State has proven itself able to strike far from its base. Read the Backgrounder »

 
The Uncertain Fight Against Corruption in Latin America
Matthew M. Taylor

Under a remarkable set of homegrown anticorruption campaigners, Latin America has indeed been making enormous strides in recent years, but resistance appears to be building against those who would reform the system. Read more on Latin America's Moment »

Learn About CFR's Mission

Learn About CFR's Mission

The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher. In this video, members explain why CFR is a trusted and indispensable resource. Watch the video »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

August 19
World Humanitarian Day
CFR Resources on: Human Rights »

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Repealing Tax Preferences for U.S. Oil and Gas Production

Repealing Tax Preferences for U.S. Oil and Gas Production

Repealing oil and gas tax preferences would not hurt energy security, but could generate savings for the American taxpayer while enhancing U.S. international climate leadership, argues Gilbert Metcalf in this discussion paper produced by CFR's Center for Geoeconomic Studies. 

 
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