In this CFR Contingency Planning Memorandum, Douglas Ollivant, senior national security fellow at the New America Foundation, warns that an unstable Iraq jeopardizes the stability of the entire region, not to mention global oil supply. For the United States, "Iraq is a frontline state in the conflict between moderate Islam and al-Qaeda," and our fight against terrorism requires a democratic Iraq. For him, the major fault lines in Iraq are between Sunni-Shia, Arab-Kurd, and intra-Shia factions.
Israeli authorities in the West Bank have long worried about stopping radical Palestinian attacks. Now, they need to add a new item to the agenda: stopping radical Jewish settlers from attacking Palestinians and Israeli soldiers alike. Daniel Byman, professor at Georgetown University and director of research at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center, and Natan Sachs, fellow at the Saban Center, agree that it is up to Jerusalem to stop the violence, and Washington should help. Read more from Foreign Affairs »
Militant Buddhism was a driving force behind the 25-year war between Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils. William McGowan's Foreign Affairs Snapshot reveals that rebel monks continue to inflame religious tensions on the island, threatening to shake up the country's fragile peace. Read more »
CFR Fellow for Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Terra Lawson-Remer reminds us "that societies with greater gender equality achieve higher levels of social and economic rights fulfillment for all members."
"Improving gender equity in itself may be a goal with clear, intrinsic value. However, a substantial body of research now suggests that gender equity and the achievement of other development goals, such as health, education, social and economic rights fulfillment, and even growth, are inseparable."
To learn more about the positive effects gender balance has on developing societies, visit CFR's Development Channel, an interactive forum that highlights promising innovations in global economic development.
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