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October 6, 2017

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Will Turkey’s Incursion Into Syria Make Things Better?
Steven A. Cook
TURKISH SOLDIERS PARTICIPATE IN AN EXERCISE ON THE BORDER LINE BETWEEN TURKEY AND SYRIA NEAR THE SOUTHEASTERN CITY OF KILIS, TURKEY. (MURAD SEZER/REUTERS)

TURKISH SOLDIERS PARTICIPATE IN AN EXERCISE ON THE BORDER LINE BETWEEN TURKEY AND SYRIA NEAR THE SOUTHEASTERN CITY OF KILIS, TURKEY. (MURAD SEZER/REUTERS)

Last weekend, the Turkish military pushed into a buffer area south of Turkey’s border with Syria in preparation for the establishment of a de-escalation zone. If Turkey gets bogged down in Syria, it may find itself at the mercy of both the Russians and the al-Qaeda-linked Tahrir al Sham. Read the article »

 
Keep the Iran Deal, Condemn the Regime
Max Boot

Abrogating a treaty simply because of a change of administrations would send a terrible signal to other states that in the future might be interested in concluding treaties with the United States. There are many other things the United States can do to curb Iran's dangerous designs. Read the article »

 
What Kurdish Independence Means for Oil Politics
Amy Myers Jaffe

The recent independence referendum in the Kurdish Regional Government territory of Iraq could destabilize control of the important Kirkuk oil field, which sits in historically disputed territory. Read more on Energy, Security, and Climate »

MYANMAR'S ROHINGYA CRISIS ESCALATES

Military Leaders Should Face More Punishment in Myanmar
Joshua Kurlantzick

The plight of the Rohingya has captured significant international attention, but the discussion has focused on Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto head of government—and not on the top generals. Read the article »

 
Myanmar’s Military Wields Power From the Shadows
Francis Wade

Myanmar’s military is still in power, and Aung San Suu Kyi is, to a certain extent, beholden to it. Read the interview »

 
Myanmar's Repatriation Program Won't Help
Alyssa Ayres

Myanmar’s offer to repatriate Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh after a “verification” process is unlikely to help. The more than 500,000 refugees in all likelihood do not carry extensive formal documents. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
PEOPLE COLLECT LEAFLETS OF RULING LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN TOKYO. (KIM KYUNG HOON/REUTERS) / NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN VISITS A FARM. (KCNA/VIA REUTERS) PEOPLE COLLECT LEAFLETS OF RULING LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN TOKYO. (KIM KYUNG HOON/REUTERS) / NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN VISITS A FARM. (KCNA/VIA REUTERS)

PEOPLE COLLECT LEAFLETS OF RULING LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN TOKYO. (KIM KYUNG HOON/REUTERS) / NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN VISITS A FARM. (KCNA/VIA REUTERS)

Snap Election Pits Abe Against a Surprise Challenger
Sheila A. Smith

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a snap election believing that the opposition parties were in total disarray. But in a surprise turn of events, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has used this opportunity to build a new opposition party. Read more on Asia Unbound »

 
Secret Talks Can Cool Tensions With North Korea
Paul B. Stares

It is not hard to imagine how perfectly rational U.S. or North Korean behavior intended to avoid a war could instead ignite one. Secret talks will not resolve the underlying conflict, but they could establish some emergency procedures to avert a catastrophe. Read the article »

 
Can the U.S. Stop Its Opioid Epidemic?
 

Opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security. Get the background »

 
Modernizing the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Triad
 

U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons on land, in the air, and at sea will undergo costly, extensive modernization in the coming years. However, debate persists in Washington over how this program should be executed. Get the background »

Next in the President's Inbox:

Next in the President's Inbox:

In this episode of the President's Inbox podcast, Carla Anne Robbins joins Robert McMahon to examine President Donald Trump's foreign policy on Cuba. Listen to the podcast »

 

INSIDE CFR

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) lays out his case for non-certification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and offers a way forward on U.S.-Iran policy in a conversation with Jerry SeibWatch the discussion »

Elliott Abrams discusses his new book, Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring. Abrams argues that in the Middle East, the United States should support the struggle for freedom—for its own sake and because repression feeds extremism. Watch the discussion »

Jodi Hanson Bond, Daniel P. Erikson, William M. LeoGrande, and Jose Miguel Vivanco discuss the economic situation, the status of human rights, and the political future of Cuba. Watch the discussion »

Gideon Rose discusses the September/October 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Takako Hikotani, Jon D. Michaels, and Shannon K. O’NeilWatch the discussion »

 

CFR's InfoGuide Deforestation in the Amazon, which shows an interactive look at the destruction of the world's largest rainforest, has won an Emmy in the "Outstanding New Approaches: Current News" category! Explore the interactive »

 
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