In today's Daily Brief: Afghanistan suspended security talks with Washington that had been aimed at shaping the U.S. military presence in the country after the 2014 drawdown, blaming U.S. inconsistency over the Taliban peace process.
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While Syria took center stage at the G8 summit, leaders dealt with a broad range of economic issues including trade, taxes, and transparency. If the absence of failure is a success, then the summit looks to have succeeded, says CFR's Robert Kahn.
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The U.S. education system is declining in competitiveness, in part due to a growing achievement gap between socioeconomic groups. Edward Alden reviews these findings from a new CFR progress report.
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Newly elected President Hassan Rowhani can potentially achieve much, including an easing of conditions for Iranís women and youth, and even a moderation in the country's foreign policy, says CFR's Ray Takeyh.
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The Obama administrationís charge that Syrian forces used sarin heightens the need for an independent confirmation by UN investigators, says CFRís Gregory D. Koblentz.
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