Council on Foreign Relations State and Local Officials Bulletin
June 2013

June 2013

Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet

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The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet, finds that as more people and services become interconnected and dependent on the Internet, societies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. To support security, innovation, growth, and the free flow of information, the Task Force recommends that the United States and its partners work to build a cyber alliance, make the free flow of information a part of all future trade agreements, and articulate an inclusive and robust vision of Internet governance. Download the Report>>


Your Foreign Policy Questions Answered by CFR Experts!

As part of CFR's "Ask CFR Experts" feature, you can pose a question to our more than seventy scholars on matters ranging from the latest news headlines to long-term international issues. See Previous Answers and Submit a Question!

Stay Calm and Let the NSA Carry On

In the Los Angeles Times, CFR's national security expert Max Boot argues that NSA intercepts are a vital tool in the global war on terror. According to Boot, "surely more attacks would have succeeded absent the ramped-up counter-terrorism efforts undertaken by the U.S. intelligence community, the military, and law enforcement."

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Vanishing Resources, Energy Exploration, and the Dangers of Coal

In this op-ed for the Atlantic Monthly, CFR's energy expert Michael Levi and author of The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future, delves deeper into the role that the development of natural gas will play in moving the United States from an era of coal dependency to one of zero-carbon fuels. Read more »

New CFR Newsletter: The Global Economics Monthly

Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn's newsletter analyzes major developments and trends affecting macroeconomic policy and financial markets.

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Spotlight on Renewing America

CFR's Renewing America Initiative examines the major domestic challenges facing the United States that have significant consequences for national security and foreign policy.

For ideas and insight into rebuilding our nation's economic strength, including report cards and progress reports, visit CFR's Renewing America blog.



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