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September 30, 2016

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Russia Will Suffer From Unconditional Support of Assad
Philip H. Gordon
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SHAKES HANDS WITH SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD DURING A MEETING AT THE KREMLIN IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA, IN OCTOBER 2015. (ALEXEI DRUZHININ/RIA NOVOSTI/REUTERS)

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SHAKES HANDS WITH SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD DURING A MEETING AT THE KREMLIN IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA, IN OCTOBER 2015. (ALEXEI DRUZHININ/RIA NOVOSTI/REUTERS)

Russia will not be able to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recapture all of Syria. Its continued bombing campaigns will worsen its relations with Europe, the United States, and the Arab world, resulting in further economic pain for itself and a growing Syrian quagmire. Read the op-ed »

 
A Founding Generation Passes
Elliott Abrams

Shimon Peres was a force in Israeli life since 1948. His optimism about relations with neighbors, which drew some criticism, appeared to be coming true near the end of his life. Read more on Pressure Points »

WHAT'S NEXT FOR U.S. TRADE?

Getting U.S. Trade Policy Back on Track
Edward Alden

The federal government should take a larger role in enforcing trade rules and providing relief to workers who have suffered serious losses as a result of trade. Read more on Renewing America »

 
Where Do the Candidates Stand on Trade Policy?
 

Although both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, their proposed trade policies differ greatly. Compare the candidates »

 
The Security Case for Trade
Heather Hurlburt

The lame-duck fight for the TPP will prove to be the first in a series of clashes over trade policy. A revamped national security case can be the foundation of an approach to trade that crosses party lines. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
Looking at the Future of U.S. Trade Policy
 

The United States is currently pursuing two of the largest trade deals in history, but concerns persist over the effects of trade on employment, inequality, national sovereignty, and safety standards. Read the Backgrounder »

 
NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN OBSERVES A FIRE DRILL OF BALLISTIC ROCKETS. (KCNA/REUTERS) / A MAP OF CHINA IS SEEN THROUGH A MAGNIFYING GLASS. (EDGAR SU/REUTERS) NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN OBSERVES A FIRE DRILL OF BALLISTIC ROCKETS. (KCNA/REUTERS) / A MAP OF CHINA IS SEEN THROUGH A MAGNIFYING GLASS. (EDGAR SU/REUTERS)

NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN OBSERVES A FIRE DRILL OF BALLISTIC ROCKETS. (KCNA/REUTERS) / A MAP OF CHINA IS SEEN THROUGH A MAGNIFYING GLASS. (EDGAR SU/REUTERS)

Strengthening Sanctions Against North Korea
Scott A. Snyder

If China is unable or unwilling to properly enforce sanctions against North Korea, the United States should be prepared to take action unilaterally by strengthening shipping sanctions and imposing secondary sanctions on Chinese steel companies that use North Korean coal products. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
The U.S.-China Cyber Espionage Deal One Year Later
Adam Segal

One year ago, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping entered into a cyber espionage deal. Although the two countries have shared interests in cybersecurity, it is very difficult to convert these shared concerns into concrete cooperation, and mistrust between remains high. Read more on Net Politics  »

 
What the 9/11 Lawsuits Bill Will Do
Stephen I. Vladeck

Congress just overrode a presidential veto to enable the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts. The law will be a thorn in U.S. foreign relations, and plaintiffs will not likely get what they are seeking. Read the CFR interview »

 
Evaluating Pakistan's Response to Terrorism
Alyssa Ayres

There is a long history of attacks in India that can be traced back to groups operating from Pakistan. The Pakistani government has not made credible efforts to stem the terrorist tide within the country. 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 podcast, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon discuss the new U.S. fiscal year, Hungary's referendum on migrant quotas, and the U.S. vice presidential debate. Listen to the podcast »

 

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

October 2
International Day of Nonviolence
CFR Resources on: Peace and Human Rights »

October 2
Colombia Holds a Referendum on the Peace Deal With the FARC
CFR Resources on: Colombia's Civil Conflict »

October 4
Vice-Presidential Debate
CFR Resources on: U.S. Vice Presidents and Foreign Policy »

View the Calendar »

INSIDE CFR

At a symposium on the future of U.S. trade policy, CFR Senior Fellows Edward Alden and Heidi E. Crebo-Rediker, CFR Board Member Vin Weber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Jeffrey R. Immelt, U.S. Representative Sander Levin (D-MI), Global Economic Attitudes Director at Pew Research Center Bruce Stokes, former World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick, Financial Times Columnist Edward Luce, Harvard Kennedy School's Robert Z. Lawrence, Federal Reserve Board of Governors' Justin R. Pierce, and Peterson Institute for International Economics Vice President for Publications and Communications' Steven R. Weisman discuss the future of globalization, new directions for U.S. trade policy, the politics of trade, and the impact of labor markets. Watch the symposium »

 

Global Order and the New Regionalism

In a new series of CFR Discussion Papers on global and regional governance, experts including Senior Fellow for Global Governance Miles Kahler examine the opportunities and risks presented by regional institutions across five issue areas: finance, trade, development lending, human rights, and peace operations.

 
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