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May 17, 2013

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Escaping Nigeria's Cycle of Violence

John Campbell

The Nigerian government has lost control of three northeastern states—Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa—and President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in response to increased violence from the militant group Boko Haram. Past attempts to curb violence have been strewn with human rights abuses by Nigerian security services. Going forward, Jonathan will need to address issues of poor governance, poverty, and political marginalization. Read the Expert Brief »

Turkey: Rescue Me

Steven A. Cook

By failing to provide leadership and a source of stability in the region, Turkey is now a party to regional conflicts, especially the civil war in Syria. Despite all the talk of models and rising to the level of U.S. traditional allies in Europe over the last few years, Turkey, like other countries in the region, needs rescuing. Read More on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

Pakistan's Elections

What Round Three Means for Pakistan's Future

Daniel S. Markey

Nawaz Sharif's return as leader of Pakistan's government is a positive development for the United States' interests in that country. Sharif's support for the free market and willingness to engage India are two gains the United States should cheer. Read the Op-Ed »

Nawaz Sharif, 3.0

Aqil Shah

The high turnout for the general election indicates that the Pakistani public is warming up to democracy. However, if Nawaz Sharif fails to deliver as the new prime minister, public disaffection could be damaging. Read More on ForeignAffairs.com »

A Victory for Democracy in Pakistan

Cameron Munter, Daniel S. Markey, Anya Schmemann

In a media call, CFR's Daniel Markey and former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter called Pakistan's elections a milestone for its democratic process. In order to succeed going forward, Sharif will need to gain support on domestic items before pushing forward on foreign policy objectives. Listen to the Media Call »

 

How Effective Is Border Enforcement?

Edward Alden, Bryan Roberts, and John Whitley

With the United States government facing tight budget restrictions for the foreseeable future, Congress must demand cost-effectiveness evaluations of border security from the Department of Homeland Security. It must also establish a robust oversight system to evaluate the effectiveness of enforcement measures. Read the Report »

Formalizing Oversight of Military Targeted Killings

Micah Zenko

A new House Armed Services Committee proposal would formalize existing oversight procedures for non-battlefield capture or targeted killing operations. It could make public the mechanism for congressional oversight of targeted killings if President Obama transfers the program from the CIA to the military. Read More on Politics, Power, and Preventive Action »

THE WORLD AHEAD

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

In this week's podcast, Lindsay and McMahon discuss the expiration of the U.S. debt ceiling suspension; the African Union summit in Addis Ababa; and the eleventh anniversary of East Timor's independence. Listen to the Podcast »

Egypt's Opposition: Stronger Than You Think

Elliott Abrams

Egypt's opposition should not be discarded due to the mere strength of the Muslim Brotherhood. President Mohamed Morsi's declining popularity shows that the Brotherhood is not the only political force in the country, and signals that the United States could more actively promote democracy and human rights. Read More on Pressure Points »

Political Instability in Jordan

Robert Satloff and David Schenker

Given Jordan's pro-West strategic orientation, commitment to peace with Israel, and cooperation on counterterrorism and security matters, the United States has a strong interest in helping Amman manage potentially destabilizing change. The United States should continue to provide financial and military assistance to Jordan to offset the cost of their aiding Syrian refugees, encourage political reform and anticorruption efforts, and enhance the relationship between U.S. and Jordanian intelligence units. Read the Contingency Planning Memorandum »

Bomb, Coerce, or Contain Iran

Gregory D. Koblentz

The United States has a strong interest in stopping Iran's progress toward developing nuclear weapons. The United States' options in Tehran are limited, and it is important to understand their trade-offs before making a decision. Read the Op-Ed »

Turning a Blind Eye in Myanmar?

Joshua Kurlantzick

President Thein Sein's upcoming visit with President Obama marks the first visit by a leader of Myanmar to the United States in nearly fifty years. While Myanmar's democratization has received much attention, its growing interethnic and interreligious violence has gone unnoticed—a trend that will likely continue when Sein meets with the president. Read More on Asia Unbound »

U.S. Broadband Policy and Competitiveness

The growing importance of internet access has made broadband a part of basic digital infrastructure. Researchers in the United States have questioned whether domestic broadband infrastructure remains competitive on an international level, while others remain divided over the benefit of faster access. Read the Backgrounder »

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

May 20: President Obama to Meet with Burmese President Thein Sein, Washington, DC
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INSIDE CFR

At CFR's New York headquarters, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper discussed trade and the economy, current and future energy issues, and security concerns. Watch the Discussion

At CFR's New York headquarters, Lael Brainard, undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Department of Treasury, discussed the outlook for the global economy. Watch the Discussion

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