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September 16, 2016

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What Do College-Aged Students Know About the World?
 
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A survey commissioned by CFR and National Geographic reveals that few students possess important knowledge about the world and the United States' role in it, including which countries are U.S. allies and where U.S. troops are stationed overseas. Read the results and take the quiz »

 
Beware Investing Too Much Hope in the Syrian Ceasefire
Richard N. Haass

Even if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is prepared to abide by the truce, rebel groups may not be. Read the op-ed »

NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR THREAT

A Sharper Choice on North Korea
Mike Mullen, Sam Nunn, and Adam Mount

U.S. policy toward North Korea should be revised to break the cycle of North Korean provocation and promote stability in Notheast Asia, recommends a new CFR Independent Task Force. Read the Task Force Report »

 
After North Korea's Fifth Nuclear Test
Scott A. Snyder

Rather than taking advantage of diplomacy with the Obama administration, North Korea has made itself a threat to global security. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
Preventing Nuclear War with North Korea
Van Jackson

The Korean Peninsula's best chance of avoiding a mushroom-cloud fate is for the United States and South Korea to adapt to—not downplay—the unique risks and requirements of deterrence against a second-tier nuclear-armed adversary. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA MEETS WITH MYANMAR'S STATE COUNSELLOR AUNG SAN SUU KYI AT THE OVAL OFFICE. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS) / A MAN CASTS HIS VOTE IN A BOOTH IN NEW YORK. (ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA MEETS WITH MYANMAR'S STATE COUNSELLOR AUNG SAN SUU KYI AT THE OVAL OFFICE. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS) / A MAN CASTS HIS VOTE IN A BOOTH IN NEW YORK. (ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA MEETS WITH MYANMAR'S STATE COUNSELLOR AUNG SAN SUU KYI AT THE OVAL OFFICE. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS) / A MAN CASTS HIS VOTE IN A BOOTH IN NEW YORK. (ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS)

U.S. Investment in Myanmar Will Remain Low
Joshua Kurlantzick

This week, President Obama announced he was prepared to relax some sanctions against Myanmar. While State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is likely looking for more increased U.S. investment, U.S. aid and economic presence will remain relatively small in the near term. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
Congress Can Stop Russian Election Interference
Robert Knake

Fortifying the U.S. voting system so it will deflect any attempts by Russia to interfere with it is likely to fall short. Instead, Russia must be deterred from making the attempt—which begins and ends with Congress. Read more on Net Politics »

 
America’s Stakes in the Oceans
Stewart M. Patrick

Though some may be surprised that Secretary of State John Kerry, the United States' chief diplomat, is hosting the Our Ocean conference this week, the dramatic deterioration of the world's oceans deserves prominence in U.S. foreign policy. Read more on The Internationalist »

 
The G20 Disappoints on Policy
Robert Kahn

At the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit, leaders called for governments to do more to support growth, but offered little in the way of new measures. Read the Global Economics Monthly »

 
Climate Change and the Next U.S. President
 

The next president will play a leading role in deciding whether and how much to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and in coordinating U.S. policies with other governments. Watch the video explainer »

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 the United Nations General Assembly. Listen to the podcast »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

September 18
Parliamentary Elections in Russia
CFR Resources on: Russia »

View the Calendar »

INSIDE CFR

Task Force Co-Chairs Mike Mullen and Sam Nunn; Task Force Project Director Adam Mount; and PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff discuss the report of a CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward North Korea. They offer guidance to U.S. leaders in the face of the uniquely challenging threat posed by North Korea. Watch the discussion »

CFR President Richard N. Haass, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Geographic Society Gary E. Knell, National Geographic Magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, and CNN's Kimberly Dozier discuss the gaps in what college-aged students understand about the world and what they need to know in order to contend with a world that is more interconnected than ever. Watch the discussion »

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew discusses global economic management and the G20.  Watch the discussion »

Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies' John E. McLaughlin, former Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director John S. Pistole, Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Francis X. Taylor, and NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discuss developments in counterterrorism and intelligence gathering since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Watch the discussion »

Jones Day Partner Benjamin Ginsberg, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Elaine KamarckWall Street Journal Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib, and CNN's Samuel H. Feist discuss the history and development of the U.S. presidential nominating process, and whether the process should be changed in light of the unpredictability and tumult surrounding this election season. Watch the discussion »

 

Introducing the Mini Mac Index

Introducing the Mini Mac Index

The Economist’s famous Big Mac Index uses the price of McDonald’s Big Macs around the world to estimate the extent to which currencies are over- or under-valued. But you cannot buy a cheap burger in Beijing and eat it in New York, so it is less likely that global burger prices would converge. That's why Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics Benn Steil created the Mini Mac Index, which compares the price of iPad minis across countries. Explore the index and watch the video explainer »

 
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