Diplomacy and Statecraft

Podcast

Human Rights and Diplomacy

David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the McCain Institute and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's human rights policy.

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Article

Why Trump Was Right to Invite Duterte to the White House

Author: Ely Ratner
Politico

President Trump raised hackles over the weekend by offering a White House invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president accused of abetting deaths squads and extrajudicial killings as part of his signature war on drugs. Victims have numbered in the thousands, reported to include not only small-time users and petty criminals, but also political opponents and even children.

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Op-Ed

How to Clean Up the Mess in Venezuela

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil
USNews

To stop the worst hemispheric crisis in decades, President Donald Trump needs a policy that includes not only tough words but also concrete actions. But the United States can’t do it alone. To help rather than hurt U.S. interests, the United States should assemble a diplomatic effort against Venezuela's increasingly repressive regime, writes Shannon O’Neil.

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Article

The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Author: Stephen Sestanovich
The Atlantic

Trump dominated the election-year debate by proposing a more hopped-up version of foreign-policy activism than the usual advocates of activism, and a fuller kind of disengagement than those who wanted to scale down. The combination—radicalism at both ends of the spectrum—seemed the essence of his appeal. For Trump, American policy was supposed to serve only American interests. Best of all, Trump suggested, his entire approach would be free. Yes, we could be “great again”—and on the cheap. Such a blend of much more and much less could easily have seemed incoherent, or crazy. But the two halves of Trump’s formula worked together better than critics appreciated.

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Article

How Trump's Foreign Policy Team Is Mastering Complex Challenges in Difficult Times

Author: Ray Takeyh
Washington Examiner

Thus far, President Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy resembles a traditionally realist Republican one that focuses on balance-of-power politics, dealing with other great powers on equal footing, and building coalitions for specific tasks, writes Ray Takeyh. In time, he may also recognize the importance of a robust human rights and democracy promotion policy.

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