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November 30, 2012

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Egypt's Chaotic Race to a Constitution

Isobel Coleman

President Morsi's push for speeding up the drafting of Egypt's constitution may well generate chaos. Egypt's constitutional assembly has lost about 25 percent of its original 100 representatives, mostly due to to walkouts from secularists and Coptic Christians. Yet, ironically, the constitutional assembly had come pretty far in its deliberations to reach a compromise on several sticking points before Morsi's recent move. Read More on Democracy in Development »

Morsi's Miscalculation

Steven A. Cook

Morsi's new power-grab marks a critical moment in Egypt's transition from the Mubarak regime. Morsi and his colleagues would do well to rescind the decrees and commit themselves to the democratic process. That is the only way for the Muslim Brotherhood to burnish their revolutionary credentials. Read More on From the Potomac to the Euphrates »

UN VOTE ON PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

What Does the Vote Mean?

This backgrounder outlines the context of the UN General Assembly's vote on non-member-state status for Palestine and its potential impact. Read the Backgrounder »

Israel Loses Even More International Support

Stewart M. Patrick

In the short term, the UN vote complicates efforts to return to negotiations. In the long term, Israel's growing isolation will place additional pressure on it to move toward final status talks, despite the continued presence of Hamas as a major force in Palestinian politics. Read More on The Internationalist »

New Palestinian Status at UN May Not Have Much Consequence

Elliott Abrams

The vote granting the Palestinians new status at the UN is less important than the concrete actions the PLO takes now. Read More on Pressure Points »

A Muddled Strategy

Robert M. Danin

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas calculated that the costs of inaction were greater than the risks of pursuing Palestinian statehood at the UN. The challenge will be to prevent the UN vote from further damaging prospects for a lasting peace. Read More on Middle East Matters »

 

American Views of Mexico Are Outdated

Shannon K. O'Neil and Jorge G. Castañeda

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto takes office on December 1. O'Neil argues that the main obstacle to improved U.S.-Mexico relations is Americans's mistaken perceptions of Mexico and its people. Castañeda says Mexico's economy is doing better than in the past, but it will not be a new Brazil. Listen to the Conference Call Listen to the Conference Call »

Greece Gets Its Deal

Robert Kahn

A Greek exit from the euro zone and a comprehensive default on debt is still the most likely scenario, despite the Greece's recent financial deal with the IMF, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission. Read More on Macro and Markets »

A Transitional Climate Summit in Doha

Michael A. Levi

The annual UN climate meeting could make progress, but negotiators are focused on modest steps forward rather than major breakthroughs. Read the Expert Brief »

THE WORLD AHEAD

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, Hagit Ariav

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon discuss the inauguration of Mexico's new president; the UN Climate Change Conference in Qatar; and NASA's forthcoming update on the Mars rover mission. Listen to the Podcast »

Why Don't U.S. Exports Create More Jobs?

Edward Alden

The claim that free trade agreements would trigger a big growth in exports, and in turn create jobs, turned out to be half true. While greater international competition is important, U.S. policies should try to increase wages in areas abroad where the number of jobs is growing. Read More on Renewing America »

ACLU Suit to Allow Women in Combat Is About Equality

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Four veterans of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suing the Pentagon, claiming that the combat ban on women harms the armed forces, prevents women from getting training and recognition for their work, and places them at a disadvantage for promotion. Read the Op-Ed »

The Frustrating Manhunt for Joseph Kony

Benjamin Runkle

It has been over a year since U.S. military advisers arrived in Central Africa to look for the Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, and he is still nowhere to be found. If U.S. and African forces refine their efforts to get locals to share intelligence, they could bring Kony and his henchmen to justice. Read More on ForeignAffairs.com »

Is Japan Really in Decline?

Sheila A. Smith

A number of public statements in the U.S. media have heralded Japan's decline. But upcoming Japanese elections will give voters a chance to decide whether their country can play a more vibrant international role in the future. Read More on Asia Unbound »

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

December 1: Parliamentary Elections, Kuwait
CFR Resources on: Kuwait »

December 1: Inauguration of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto
CFR Resources on: Mexico »

December 1: World Aids Day
CFR Resources on: Global Health »

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INSIDE CFR

CEO Speaker Series: At CFR's New York office, Chevron's CEO John Watson shares his views on how U.S.-based multinational corporations can help expand American influence abroad. Watch the Video

Dr. Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA), explains key findings in the IEA's flagship publication, World Energy Outlook 2012. The report presents authoritative projections of energy trends through 2035 and insights into what they mean for energy security, environmental sustainability, and economic development. Listen to the Audio

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