On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel will annex part of the Jordan Valley if he stays in power after elections on September 17. The decision comes as tensions with Hezbollah in Lebanon and with Iran-backed militias in Syria flare up. Seth J. Frantzman, the Jerusalem Post’s Middle East affairs analyst and the author of After Isis: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East, and Cécile Shea, the Council's nonresident senior fellow on security and diplomacy, join Deep Dish to discuss.
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On the eve of the inauguration, This Week's Reads provide some perspective on how President-elect Trump will differ from President Obama.
Council experts talk about the return on US investment in Asia, what America stands to lose from disengagement, and how China could fill the vacuum created by a US abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
An estimated 3 million people attended the funeral procession for former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. In the latest Deep Dish podcast, the Council’s visiting fellow for Iran policy, Saeid Golkar, explains why Rafsanjani was so beloved, and how his death may position hardliners and “conflictualists” to seize the initiative in Iran's internal and external affairs.
In a world that is more integrated and complex than ever, global engagement and global solutions are critical. This Week’s Reads highlight the debate over globalism and some of the issues that will determine its future.
Supporting women and girls has been a bipartisan issue, and the Trump administration should continue these efforts, writes program officer Dzena Berbic in a roundup of recent programming from the Council's Women and Global Development Forum.
As the US election and Brexit vote showed, the relationship between cities and their surrounding areas is fraught with conflicting interests. Council Distinguished Fellow Dick Longworth and the Financial Times' Edward Luce talk about where this relationship is headed in the latest episode of Deep Dish.
The United States under President-elect Trump is likely to play a very different role than it has under previous presidents. This Week’s Reads provide insights into some of the diplomatic challenges awaiting the next administration and show how American engagement may change as a result.
If Donald Trump’s presidency ushers in a period of American disengagement from the world, Germany’s softer, collaborative approach will soon be sorely tested. Amidst an upswell of nationalism across the western world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s greatest challenge may be to find willing partners to work with, at home and abroad, in defense of an international system that has been so good for her country.
This was a year of global upheaval. As 2017 approaches, now is a good time to reflect on what we’ve learned and what we should expect in the coming year.
While losing the Electoral College vote, Hillary Clinton matched or even exceeded Barack Obama’s landslide margins in major cities in the two previous elections, Richard Longworth finds. It is all part of what Texas author Bill Bishop called “the big sort” – the dramatic grouping of America into geographical enclaves where the overwhelming majority thinks and votes alike.
Today, liberal democracies across the world are beset by unprecedented crises—from Brexit in the United Kingdom, to political turmoil in South Korea and Italy, to authoritarian crackdowns in Turkey. What happened?
As the country splinters along geographic and ideological lines, post-election divisions could portend the rise of a new American city-state movement, with mayors and city councils likely to intensify efforts to independently pursue progressive local agendas.
For some, social integration is a new challenge caused by globalization and cultural change. For others, inequality and segregation have long been strains on civil society. In this episode, Michael Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia, and Kamal Al-Solaylee, journalist and author of Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone), discuss social inclusion in the 21st century with Deep Dish host Brian T. Hanson.
Former Defense Minister of Israel Moshe Ya’alon visited the Council on December 7, 2016. We asked him: What is your priority for US-Israel relations under the next administration? See what he said.
With the South Korean president impeached, the potential ascent of the opposition party could portend serious consequences both for US foreign policy in Northeast Asia and for Korea’s relations with the United States and Japan.