Professor Stephen Kotkin has won the seventeenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941 (Random House), the second volume of a definitive biography of Joseph Stalin. The book covers major events in the Soviet Union from collectivization and the Great Terror to the conflict with Germany under Adolf Hitler. Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University, will receive $15,000.
Speaker: Martha "Marty" Abbott Speaker: Esther Brimmer Speaker: Michael Nugent Presider: Sanford J. Ungar
Experts discuss foreign language learning in the U.S. education system as well as learning methods that go beyond the classroom walls, and the value of foreign language learning to U.S. national security.
Speaker: Charles A. Kupchan Speaker: Sebastian Mallaby Presider: Anya Schmemann
Against the backdrop of Brexit and terrorism, the United Kingdom’s general election is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Panelists will discuss the possible outcomes and their implications for the U.K., Europe, and trans-Atlantic relations.
Speaker: Kellie Meiman Hock Speaker: Michael Shifter Speaker: Matthew M. Taylor Presider: Cynthia J. Arnson
Experts analyze the political challenges and economic issues of the countries in South America from Venezuela to Argentina, including a close look at recent elections and the future of international trade in the region.
Speaker: Elliott Abrams Speaker: Steven A. Cook Speaker: Robert Danin Presider: Anya Schmemann
After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House next week, President Donald J. Trump will embark on his first international trip on May 19, with stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel. Panelists on this on-the-record teleconference discussed the significance of the president's visit and his objectives in the region, particularly as they pertain to the fight against the self-declared Islamic State and forging a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Americans have a long and ignoble tradition of telling jokes about the French. Old chestnuts such as “I'm selling a French rifle: Never shot, dropped only once” became popular again in 2003 when the French — wisely as it turns out — refused to join their U.S. allies in the invasion of Iraq. The House of Representatives cafeteria even renamed French fries, “freedom fries.” Turns out the joke’s on us.
There’s a lot we know—and even more we don’t know—regarding the Kremlin interference in the U.S. election last year. The most important thing we know is that there was interference. This is the consensus, “high confidence” assessment of the U.S. intelligence community, which further concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump. That in and of itself is scandalous enough. What we don’t know—and need to find out—is whether the Trump campaign actively colluded with this Russian operation and, more broadly, what links if any exist between the U.S. president and the dictator in the Kremlin.
Political newcomer Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory in France's presidential elections, but the new president will face major challenges to form a governing coalition, says CFR's Charles A. Kupchan.
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.
South Korea’s tumultuous political season culminates in a May 9 presidential election, with complicated ties with the United States looming and the favored candidate backing a softer stance toward North Korea, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder.
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