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September 9, 2016

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North Korea's Nuclear Tremors
Scott A. Snyder
A SOUTH KOREAN SOLDIER WATCHES A NEWS REPORT ON SEISMIC ACTIVITY PRODUCED BY A SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST. (KIM JU-SUNG/YONHAP VIA REUTERS)

A SOUTH KOREAN SOLDIER WATCHES A NEWS REPORT ON SEISMIC ACTIVITY PRODUCED BY A SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST. (KIM JU-SUNG/YONHAP VIA REUTERS)

By launching its fifth nuclear test, Pyongyang is betting that the world will acquiesce to a nuclear North Korea rather than effectively mobilizing for its denuclearization. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
The Limited Utility of a No-Fly Zone
Micah Zenko

Politicians and policy analysts calling for a no-fly zone in Syria should draw lessons from the U.S. experience of imposing one in Iraq after the Gulf War. Read the op-ed »

FIFTEEN YEARS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11

The New Face of Terrorism
Richard N. Haass

Countries in the post-9/11 world must deal with three kinds of terror: traditional, grand, and mundane. They also need to build resiliency in the face of inevitable attacks. Read the op-ed »

 
Debating the Legality of the "Forever War"
Michael J. Glennon, John B. Bellinger III, Elizabeth N. Saunders, and Samuel Moyn

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed by Congress after the 9/11 attacks, has underpinned far-ranging military operations in the past fifteen years. Four scholars weigh in on its legacy. Read the Expert Round-up »

 
Asking the Right Questions About Terrorism
John Mueller and Mark Stewart

The 9/11 attacks remain an extreme outlier: scarcely any terrorist deed before or since has visited even one-tenth as much destruction, even in war zones where terrorist groups have plenty of space and time to plot and assemble. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
MOSQUITOES ARE SEEN INSIDE A LABORATORY IN BRAZIL. (PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS) / MUSLIM MEN ATTEND EID AL-FITR PRAYERS IN NEW YORK. (SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS) MOSQUITOES ARE SEEN INSIDE A LABORATORY IN BRAZIL. (PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS) / MUSLIM MEN ATTEND EID AL-FITR PRAYERS IN NEW YORK. (SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS)

MOSQUITOES ARE SEEN INSIDE A LABORATORY IN BRAZIL. (PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS) / MUSLIM MEN ATTEND EID AL-FITR PRAYERS IN NEW YORK. (SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS)

Congress' Cynical Zika Game Is a Threat to All
Laurie Garrett

Congress has failed to pass a $1.1 billion plan to fund Zika virus control and research while the United States continues to be in the grips of a real and present danger. Read the op-ed »

 
Anti-Muslim Tirades Have Costly Consequences
Farah Pandith

The United States will not soon repair the damage done by presidential candidate Donald Trump to its image among Muslims. Read the op-ed »

 
China's Summer of Discontent
Elizabeth C. Economy

After a summer of soft power hits for Beijing—confusion at the Group of Twenty summit in Hangzhou and a ruling against its claims in the South China Sea by The Hague—it is still unlikely that Beijing will reconsider policies that contribute negatively to its international image. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
Where the Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy
 

This week, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump answered questions about national security, defense, and other topics at the Commander-in-Chief Forum. Compare their stances on these and other foreign policy issues. Compare the candidates »

 
Does ASEAN Matter?
 

This week, heads of state and government gathered in Laos for a series of Asia-related summits. This primer looks at how the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has evolved. Read the Backgrounder »

 
Huge Obstacles to Myanmar Peace Remain
Joshua Kurlantzick

It was more symbolic than substantive, but Myanmar's peace conference this week was not an empty gesture, even if the hard details of peace still need to be worked out. Read more on Asia Unbound »

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

In this week's special edition podcast, James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Carla Anne Robbins examine the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Listen to the podcast »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

September 11
The Fifteenth Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks
CFR Resources on: Terrorism »

View the Calendar »

INSIDE CFR

Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken discusses multilateral diplomacy and U.S. global leadership.  Watch the discussion »

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) discusses ways to counter terrorist financing and facilitation networks as well as his views on authorities the U.S. president should hold to penalize countries that enable terrorist financing. Watch the discussion »

Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy's Daniel W. Drezner, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies' Michael Mandelbaum, University of East Anglia's David Milne, and the New Yorker's Amy S. Davidson discuss the foreign policy initiatives of the Obama administration, its successes and failures, and the issues that will become President Obama's lasting legacy. Watch the discussion »

 

Responding to the AIIB

Responding to the AIIB

Last year's launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new multilateral development bank with fifty-seven sovereign members, among them some of the United States' closest allies, is appropriately viewed as a diplomatic and strategic victory for the Chinese government. The task for U.S. officials in the years ahead will be to accommodate a larger role for emerging countries, particularly China, in the multilateral development bank (MDB) system, but to do so from a position of strength and with ambition for the MDBs in U.S. policy, writes Scott Morris in a CFR Center for Geoeconomic Studies discussion paper

 
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