Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood think of themselves as uniquely qualified to rebuild Egypt. Moreover, they believe that they were entrusted to do so during this year's election. Their miscalculation, though, was to think that the rest of Egypt felt the same way. Read More on ForeignAffairs.com »
Egypt's constitutional assembly rushed to approve a controversial draft of a new constitution. Although it has laudable aspects, it should not be rushed into law because it has serious problems, including its provisions on women's rights, as well as religious and press freedom. Read More on Democracy in Development »
Now that political Islamists have won elections in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya in the wake of the Arab Spring, they are learning how difficult it is to maintain their incorruptible image and internal unity while also retaining political power. Read the Interview »
The United States' reluctance to officially recognize the Syrian opposition's new coalition is well-founded. There has been little coordination between this new body and the fighting forces inside Syria, and the coalition has not made a credible commitment to reassuring religious and ethnic minorities. Read the Op-Ed »
The Senate's rejection of the UN Convention on Persons with Disabilities, on the basis that it threatens the United States' sovereignty, reflects a Republican Party that has embraced a knee-jerk rejection of all international treaties, regardless of objective merit. Read More on the Internationalist »
North Korea's proposed satellite launch, scheduled between December 10 and 22, poses a serious challenge to newly elected leaders in South Korea and Japan. Their response will the dictate the course of future relations with North Korea. Read More on Asia Unbound »
Russia is upset that a new U.S. Senate bill normalizing trade relations includes provisions that penalize Russian human rights violators. But the benefits of the bill to Russia are significant, and its government would be wise to focus on the positive--rather than negative--aspects. Read More on The Water's Edge »
Ireland is projecting confidence and implementing painful austerity measures to get its fiscal house in order, which is allowing it to borrow money despite its many economic problems. Other debt-ridden European countries, however, would be wrong to conclude that they can do the same. Read More on ForeignAffairs.com »
The proportion of China's workforce in manufacturing and construction, at 38 percent, is double the global average. If it does not shift workers to other segments of the economy, it could face an extended slow-down. Read More on Geo-Graphics »
WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR
December 12: Friends of Syria Group to Meet, Morocco CFR Resources on: Syria »
December 13: Iran and IAEA to Begin New Round of Talks on Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program, Tehran CFR Resources on: Nuclear Proliferation »
CFR's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon gave a TEDxWomen talk on the need for sustained access to opportunity for women and the gender productivity gap's threat to global economic growth. Watch the talk.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy honored two CFR scholars. It gave Elliott Abrams its Scholar-Statesman Award, which celebrates leaders who exemplify the idea that sound scholarship and a discerning knowledge of history are essential to effective foreign policy. Steven A. Cook earned the gold medal in the 2012 Book Prize competition for The Struggle for Egypt, which chronicles the revolution that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak.
2013–2014 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program
CFR is seeking applicants for the 2013–2014 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Program. Qualified candidates must be junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or pre-doctoral candidates who are working on a nuclear security-related issue. Click here for more information on the program and application instructions. Applications are due December 14, 2012.