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May 2013

May 2013

CFR President on Why Foreign Policy Must Begin at Home

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The biggest threat to America's security and prosperity comes not from abroad but from within, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass in this provocative and important new book.

In Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order, Haass argues for a new foreign policy doctrine of Restoration. At home, the new doctrine would have the country concentrate on restoring the economic foundations of American power. Overseas, the United States would stop trying to remake the Middle East with military force, instead emphasizing maintaining the balance of power in Asia, promoting economic integration and energy self-sufficiency in North America, and working to promote collective responses to global challenges. This will require hard choices, but hard choices are called for. At stake is nothing less than America's future and the character of the coming era of history.

Related Reading: Bringing It All Back Home


The Church Undivided

In this Foreign Affairs essay, the National Catholic Register's international correspondent Victor Gaetan analyzes Pope Benedict XVI's legacy of promoting Christian unity and resolving international crises. Gaetan believes that Pope Francis will continue the work of facilitating religious dialogue and striving for Christian reconciliation.

To learn more about the role the Catholic church has played in promoting peace within its walls and beyond, read this Foreign Affairs Essay>>

Religious Roots of Boko Haram

Guest bloggers for Africa in Transition analyze the sermons of Boko Haram's three original leaders to better understand the ideology behind the evolving Islamic insurgency that continues to plague Northern Nigeria. Visit the Blog »

What Jihadists Thought About Boston

Shiraz Maher, senior fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King's College London, analyzes the muted reaction the Boston bombing elicited from the online jihadist community. In this Foreign Affairs snapshot, Maher identifies the primary reasons that account for this.

To learn more, visit Foreign Affairs>>

Intervention in Syria: What You Need to Know

Following allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against opposition fighters, CFR's Matthew C. Waxman highlights three things that the United States must consider before intervening in Syria: our interest in ending atrocities, our ability to maintain credibility, and the spillover effect. Watch the Video »



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