Council on Foreign Relations – The World This Week September 30, 2022

Waiting for Thermidor: America’s Iran Foreign Policy Ray Takeyh and Reuel Marc Gerecht

A member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps waves the Iranian flag during a rally in downtown Tehran. Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto/Getty ImagesThe Islamic Republic of Iran may be on an accelerated schedule for revolutionary decay, at least if compared to the USSR. Read the opinion
Reforming the UN Security Council Is a Bad Idea Elliott Abrams

President Joe Biden has embraced “reforms” of the United Nations Security Council that are impractical and would undermine U.S. interests. Read more on Pressure Points
Explore the DRC’s Auctioning of Its Rain Forest

Michelle GavinThe government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is letting energy firms bid for access to its vast oil and gas reserves, raising concerns about the potential climate consequences. Read the analysis
Why Immigration Barriers Hurt U.S. Innovation Laura Taylor-Kale

The United States should embrace immigrant talent by lowering barriers for entrepreneurs and U.S.-educated STEM graduates. Read more on Renewing America
Misrule Is Turning Thailand Into a Powder KegJoshua KurlantzickIn the lead-up to national elections in 2023, Thai politics is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the de facto head of the coalition government led by the pro-military Palang Pracharath party, insists he can continue as prime minister, despite a constitutional term limit of eight years. Read the analysis
The Policing Breakthrough in Nigeria Ebenezer Obadare

The nascent elite consensus around constitutional support for state police in the face of escalating insecurity in the country is an important milestone on the path to true federalism. Read more on Africa in Transition
AI Replaces Umpires, With Global Jobs Implications Catherine Powell

Sports reflect a societal trend of increasing automation. Policymakers should wrestle with the impact that autonomous technological development will have on the workforce, and ensure that marginalized groups are not left behind. Read more on Women Around the World
Threats to Free Expression

In the latest episode of The President’s Inbox podcast, Suzanne Nossel, the Chief Executive Officer of PEN America, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss growing threats around the world to free expression and how the fight to protect human rights needs to adapt to succeed in a world of great power competition.Listen
 Inside CFR

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu discusses Turkey’s foreign policy and U.S.-Turkish relations. Watch the discussion
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