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October 7, 2016

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The Economic Costs of a Muslim Travel Ban
Robert Kahn, Edward Alden, and Heidi Crebo-Rediker
A BOY LOOKS AT A FENCE THAT IS PART OF A SECTION OF THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER WALL AT SUNLAND PARK, U.S. OPPOSITE THE MEXICAN BORDER CITY OF CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO. REUTERS/JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ

A BOY LOOKS AT A FENCE THAT IS PART OF A SECTION OF THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER WALL AT SUNLAND PARK, U.S. OPPOSITE THE MEXICAN BORDER CITY OF CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO. REUTERS/JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ

Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim travel to the United States would have far-reaching, negative economic consequences for the United States, particularly in travel, tourism, and education. Read More on Macro and Markets »

How Congress Could Fix JASTA
John B. Bellinger III

Congress should amend the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) that allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia so that the president can waive the law in some instances. Read the op-ed »

How to Achieve Long-Run Economic Growth
Robert E. Rubin

An inclusive growth agenda that can restore confidence in the United States' future should address public investment, structural reform and innovation, and intermediate and longer-term fiscal outlook. Read the op-ed »

COLOMBIAN VOTERS REJECT PEACE DEAL

After Colombia’s Vote Against Peace
Matthew M. Taylor

Four years of intense negotiations between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels have landed in the dustbin. Any new effort to reach a lasting peace face an even steeper uphill battle. Read more Latin America's Moment »

Ending Colombia's Civil Conflict

Conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC has left as many as 220,000 dead over the pasty fifty years. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’s peacemaking efforts were recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize this week, but his plan already suffered a setback last week when Colombian voters narrowly rejected the landmark peace deal. Read the Backgrounder »

Why the Peace Deal Failed, and What Comes Next
Omar G. Encarnación

Notwithstanding the setback to the peace process, the prospects for peace in Colombia remain good, brightened by the maturity of Colombian democracy, as shown, oddly enough, by the referendum on the peace accord. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

A U.S. SOLDIER SHIELDS HIMSELF FROM A HELICOPTER AFTER BEING DROPPED OFF FOR A MISSION WITH THE AFGHAN POLICE. (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS) / A SYRIAN REFUGEE WOMAN HOLDS HER CHILD AS SHE CROSS INTO JORDAN. (MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS) A U.S. SOLDIER SHIELDS HIMSELF FROM A HELICOPTER AFTER BEING DROPPED OFF FOR A MISSION WITH THE AFGHAN POLICE. (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS) / A SYRIAN REFUGEE WOMAN HOLDS HER CHILD AS SHE CROSS INTO JORDAN. (MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS)

A U.S. SOLDIER SHIELDS HIMSELF FROM A HELICOPTER AFTER BEING DROPPED OFF FOR A MISSION WITH THE AFGHAN POLICE. (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS) / A SYRIAN REFUGEE WOMAN HOLDS HER CHILD AS SHE CROSS INTO JORDAN. (MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS)

Fifteen Years of the War in Afghanistan

October 7 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. This timeline examines the events that precipitated the U.S. war in Afghanistan and how the war unfolded thereafter. Explore the timeline »

The Challenges of Displaced Women and Girls
Jamille Bigio

The situation for displaced women and girls refugees and migrants is compounded by the lack of resources for humanitarian needs and the significant gaps in addressing the needs of women and girls in emergency responses. Read more on Women Around the World »

Aleppo: Where the World Does Nothing
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Syrian civil war has laid bare a great deal, including the world's unwillingness to intervene to stop civilians from being killed. Read the op-ed »

A Decade of North Korean Nuclear Tests
Scott A. Snyder

Ten years after North Korea's first nuclear test, sanctions and negotiations have done little to quell the regime's ambition of becoming a nuclear weapons state. Read the Expert Brief »

ISIS Makes Moves in Southeast Asia
Joshua Kurlantzick

As the self-proclaimed Islamic State suffers losses in the Middle East, its campaigns to influence and win over militants in South and Southeast Asia are likely to intensify. Read more in 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 tenth anniversary of North Korea's first nuclear test, the second presidential debate, and Haiti's recovery from Hurricane Matthew. Listen to the podcast »

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

October 9
Second presidential debate, St. Louis, MO
CFR Resources on: Campaign 2016 »

October 15 - 16
BRICS Summit to Meet in India
CFR Resources on: BRICS »

View the Calendar »

INSIDE CFR

Asia Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kurt M. Campbell, Codirector of the China and the World Program at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Thomas J. Christensen, CFR Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies Elizabeth C. Economy, and Forbes Asia Editor Tim W. Ferguson discuss the Obama administration's "rebalance to Asia" strategy, its successes and failures, and the dynamics of U.S. relations across Asia. Watch the discussion »

Who Benefits from Trade? A Foreign Affairs Anthology

As evidenced by last week's presidential debate, trade policy is one of the hottest issues of the 2016 election. But throughout the campaign, the discussion about trade remains politically polarized and uninformed. "Who Benefits From Trade?" is a new anthology from Foreign Affairs that aims to correct this.

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