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October 26, 2012

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Waiting on Iran Nuclear Talks

Daryl Kimball

Diplomacy over Iran's nuclear program is expected to resume after the U.S. elections, but both sides need to show more flexibility to make progress. Read the Interview »

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

Bringing the Foreign Policy Debate Home

Richard N. Haass

Monday night's foreign policy debate emphasized just how much American influence in the world depends on its ability to set an example on domestic issues such as education, infrastructure, deficits and energy. Read the First Take »

Candidates' Views: Eight Similarities and Four Differences

Stewart M. Patrick

Striking similarities emerged between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on Syria, terrorism, Afghanistan and other foreign policy issues. Yet the presidential candidates offered starkly different visions of national defense, democracy promotion, foreign aid, and U.S.-Russian relations. Read More on The Internationalist »

What We Needed to Hear on China

Elizabeth C. Economy

The candidates needed to address the strategic challenges that China presents, rather than treating it like a political football. Read More on Asia Unbound »

Five Reasons to Talk Energy and Climate

Michael A. Levi

Energy and climate issues were absent from the debate, despite the gravity of global climate change and the fact that energy has been central to the biggest foreign policy issue of the campaign—Iran. Read More on Energy, Security, and Climate »

 

Tunisia Continues on a Challenging Path to Democracy

Isobel Coleman

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Tunisia's first free and democratic election, but the task of drafting its constitution is accentuating cultural, ideological, and political differences that divide the country. Read More on Democracy in Development »

Brazil's New Protectionist Mood

Bernarndo Wjuniski

While a new round of U.S. quantitative easing will have a negative impact on emerging markets like Brazil, the country should not blame U.S. monetary policy for the structural flaws in its economy. Read the Interview »

THE WORLD AHEAD

How the U.S. Should Wind Down in Afghanistan

Daniel S. Markey

Prospects for a smooth handover of security to Afghan authorities appear dismal, but new national security leadership from Washington could improve the situation. Read more »

The Growing Franco-German Divide on the Eurozone Crisis

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard

As European leaders continue to hash out responses to the ongoing debt crisis, divisions between Germany and France have intensified, reflecting long-standing clashes between the two countries. Read the Interview »

Can Rising Powers Remake the World Economy?

Ruchir Sharma

Few countries can sustain unusually fast growth for a decade or more. Now that the boom years are over, Brazil, Russia, India, and China are crumbling, and the international order will change less than expected. Read More on ForeignAffairs.com »

Who's to Blame in Nigeria?

John Campbell

The Nigerian military is not the only group responsible for indiscriminate killings in northern Nigeria as part of its campaign against Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The government is also to blame for failing to adequately train the police. Read More on Africa in Transition »

The U.S.-China Cyber Trade War

Adam Segal

The showdown between China and the United States over telecommunications technology is about much more than just securityit could trigger a wave of protectionism that harms both sides. Read more »

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis

James M. Lindsay traces each day of the confrontation that took the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of war fifty years ago.  Read About Day Eleven on The Water's Edge »

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

February 25 - 26: G20 Finance Ministers to Meet, Mexico
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