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September 29, 2017

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Hurricane Maria Devastates Puerto Rico and Its Economy
Brad W. Setser
RESCUE WORKERS IN PUERTO RICO HELP PEOPLE AFTER THE HURRICANE MARIA. (CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS)

RESCUE WORKERS IN PUERTO RICO HELP PEOPLE AFTER THE HURRICANE MARIA. (CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS)

From a shrinking population to an economy that is 15 percent smaller than it was a decade ago, Puerto Rico was facing immense challenges even before the devastation from Hurricane Maria. And now the island appears to be on the edge of an acute humanitarian catastrophe. Read more on Follow the Money »

 
Women Can Drive in Saudi Arabia, But Still Face Economic Barriers
Rachel Vogelstein

While Saudi Arabia has lifted the driving ban on women, thousands of other laws still limit women's ability to participate in the economy in nations around the world. Read the article »

 
A Window Into Kim's Thoughts on the U.S.
Scott A. Snyder

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released an unprecedented direct statement in response to President Donald J. Trump's UN General Assembly speech. The conflict has become personalized, and both men feel that their honor and their country's dignity is at stake. Read more on Asia Unbound »

WILL THE KURDS GET AN INDEPENDENT STATE?

The Time of the Kurds?
 

This week, Kurds in Iraq voted overwhelmingly for independence in a referendum. The Kurds are one of the world's largest peoples without a state, and their history is marked by marginalization and persecution. Explore the interactive InfoGuide »

 
Is the World Ready for a Kurdish State?
Steven A. Cook

Just as the grave peril that the self-declared Islamic State once was has receded, the Kurds have made it clear that the opportunity for their exit is here. Read more on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

 
What the Referendum Means for Tehran
Ariane M. Tabatabai

For Iran, a country that has seen its historic territory chipped at for centuries, Kurdistan is not just a concerning prospect—it is an existential threat. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

 
PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE U.S. TAX CODE IN INDIANA. (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS) / A WOMAN BUYS THE FINAL ISSUE OF THE CAMBODIA DAILY NEWSPAPER. (SAMRANG PRING/REUTERS) PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE U.S. TAX CODE IN INDIANA. (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS) / A WOMAN BUYS THE FINAL ISSUE OF THE CAMBODIA DAILY NEWSPAPER. (SAMRANG PRING/REUTERS)

PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE U.S. TAX CODE IN INDIANA. (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS) / A WOMAN BUYS THE FINAL ISSUE OF THE CAMBODIA DAILY NEWSPAPER. (SAMRANG PRING/REUTERS)

What Would Corporate Tax Reform Look Like?
 

The United States has the highest statutory corporate tax rate in the world, at over 39 percent, but tax breaks and deductions mean that the actual rate that corporations pay is closer to 27 percent. Get the background »

 
Counterterrorism Partner Chad Included in New Travel Ban
John Campbell

President Trump's inclusion of Chad—an important U.S. ally in the struggle against terrorism—on the travel ban list is bewildering. Read more on Africa in Transition »

 
The Future of Southeast Asian Democracy Is at Risk
Joshua Kurlantzick

From the growing repressiveness of Cambodia's leader to Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, this year has been one of significant backsliding for Southeast Asian democracy.  Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
How Retailers Can Play a Part in Improving Cybersecurity
Robert K. Knake

Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy can—and should—ensure the tech products they sell to their customers are secure.  Read more on Net Politics »

Next in the President's Inbox

Next in the President's Inbox

In this episode of the President's Inbox podcast. CFR's Meghan O'Sullivan joins James M. Lindsay to examine the impact of energy on U.S. foreign policy. Listen to the podcast »

 

INSIDE CFR

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) discusses North Korea and Russia; Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); and the U.S. military's state of preparedness with Jonathan KarlWatch the discussion »

Representative Sander Levin (D-MI) discusses the future of U.S. international trade policy with Carla A. HillsWatch the discussion »

 
Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring

Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring

The United States is turning away from support for democrats in Arab countries in favor of “pragmatic” deals with tyrants to defeat violent Islamist extremism. For too many policymakers, Arab democracy is seen as a dangerous luxury. In his new book, Realism and Democracy, CFR Senior Fellow Elliott Abrams warns that deals with tyrants will not work. Islamism is an idea that can only be defeated by a better idea: democracy. Buy the book »

 
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