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Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin
January 2012

The Domestic Underpinnings of U.S. Global Power

This month, CFR unveils "Renewing America," a blog devoted to providing insightful research and policy prescriptions for U.S. economic restructuring and competitiveness. Join the Conversation

Can Iraq Be Saved? The Case for Federalism

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Analyzing Iraq's three primary ethno-religious groups, Shia, Sunni, and Kurd, CFR President Emeritus Leslie H. Gelb argues in favor of a shift away from centralized government toward regional authority.

Gelb states, "Federalism is not partition. It is the tried and true means of allowing peoples who don't trust each other to live together in one country by decentralizing power. Today federalism remains Iraq's only hope for peace."


Video: Solutions to Homegrown Radicalism

The threat of al-Qaeda is diminished, but law enforcement officials remain concerned about the ability of radicals in the United States to connect with the terrorist group, says Mitchell Silber, director of the New York Police Department's Intelligence Division.

Speaking with CFR's Ed Husain, Silber explains that since radicalization happens at the local level, solutions must also be found at the local level.

Spotlight: “Africa in Transition”

From elections in Kinshasa to religious extremists in Kano, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell blogs daily about developments in sub-Saharan Africa. Follow Campbell as he tracks conditions in the region and analyzes the growth of radical Islam in northern Nigeria. Follow the Blog »

Israel-Palestine: U.S. Presidential Candidates Weigh In

Use this CFR Backgrounder to gain a better understanding of each U.S. presidential candidate's position on the Israel-Palestine debate. Who will get your vote? Scroll through the Backgrounder »



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