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January 10, 2014

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Child Marriage: A New CFR Interactive Guide

Brianna Lee, Jeanne Park, Robert McMahon, Jeremy Sherlick, Hagit Ariav

Child marriage is linked to poor health, curtailed education, violence, and instability, and perpetuates an intergenerational cycle of poverty that is difficult to break. Its effects harm not only girls but entire families, communities, and economies—and U.S. interests around the world. View the Interactive »

AL-QAEDA REEMERGES IN IRAQ

How al-Qaeda Terrorized Its Way Back Into Iraq

Max Boot

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's victimization of prominent Sunnis and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq have contributed to al-Qaeda's ability to retake territory in Anbar Province. Read the op-ed »

Iraq's High Stakes Struggle

Jane Arraf

Al-Qaeda's resurgence in Iraq's Anbar Province has led Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to threaten an attack on Fallujah, which militants control. While Maliki's Shiite-led government is struggling for its survival, many Sunnis feel that they are in danger of being essentially eliminated from the political landscape. Read the interview »

A Primer on al-Qaeda in Iraq

A resurgent al-Qaeda in Iraq, allied with jihadist fighters in neighboring Syria, constitutes a considerable threat to regional security. Read the Backgrounder »

 

Sound Government Finances Will Promote Recovery

Robert E. Rubin

Unconventional monetary policy and stimulus can be part of a successful economic program for a period of time. But they are no substitute for fiscal discipline, public investment and structural reform. Read the op-ed »

Don't Get Suckered By Iran

Ray Takeyh and Mitchell B. Reiss

Before pursuing a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran, the White House needs to reassess its interim agreement. It would be a grave error to allow the Islamic Republic to emerge from negotiations with its nuclear ambitions intact, its terrorist activities undiminished, and its people denied their basic rights. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

Turkey's Democratic Mirage

Steven A. Cook

While the Justice and Development Party has been in power, there have been important improvements in Turkish politics, but the ongoing corruption scandal illustrates that Turkey is still far from true democracy. Read more on ForeignAffairs.com »

THE WORLD AHEAD

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

In this week's podcast, Lindsay and McMahon discuss the ongoing violence in Iraq's Anbar Province, Egypt's constitutional referendum, and anti-government protests in Thailand. Listen to the podcast »

China's Incomparable Environmental Challenge

Elizabeth C. Economy

Although China's comparison of its environmental issues to those of the United States, Britain, and Japan during industrialization is not misplaced, the scale and scope of its issues are vastly different. China's environmental degradation and pollution are not simply a function of decades of rapid economic growth; rather, they have been hundreds, sometimes thousands of years in the making. Read more on Asia Unbound »

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Ban: Three Things to Know

Steven A. Cook

Everything that the Egyptian government has done since the July 3, 2013, ouster of Mohamed Morsi has led to the ban and labeling of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. These steps, however, will do little to dissolve the group, which has deep cultural roots in the country. Watch the video »

North America's Economic Integration

Shannon K. O'Neil

Mexico and Canada are the top export destinations for forty-two American states, yet intra-regional trade is in decline. As we look forward, efforts to reverse this trend and re-strengthen continental supply chains will be crucial for pushing the U.S. economy back on its feet, as these numbers show how important the United States' neighbors are and will be for its prosperity. Read more on Latin America's Moment »

Governance in Lagos: A Model for the Developing World?

John Campbell

Lagos state government has become friendlier to business and has been fortunate in its leadership. But the nagging question remains how much of the progress is the result of the personalities and skills of the last two governors, rather than a fundamental transformation of its political culture? Read more on Africa in Transition »

Clamp Down on Illegal Fishing to Curb Human Trafficking

Mark P. Lagon

Increasing efforts to end unreported and unregulated fishing—a practice that has major ties to human trafficking—will not only save marine ecosystems, but also protect human beings. Read the op-ed »

Ask CFR Experts

Aisling L. asks whether strong international institutions mean a weaker United States. CFR Senior Fellow Stewart M. Patrick says international institutions need not dilute U.S. power. In fact, if used strategically, they could prove essential in the effort to protect and amplify it in a dramatically changing world. Read the full answer and submit your question

WORLD EVENTS CALENDAR

January 13: President Obama to meet with Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, Washington, DC
CFR Resources on: Spain »

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INSIDE CFR

Earlier this week, CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil testified before the House Committee on Financial Services' Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade about the impact of the Federal Reserve's monetary policies on emerging markets. Read the testimony

Global Conflict Tracker

The Center for Preventive Action's Global Conflict Tracker is an interactive guide to U.S. conflict prevention priorities in 2014. It provides an up-to-date overview of each ongoing or potential conflict featured in the most recent Preventive Priorities Survey and features additional background information. View the interactive

 

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