Council on Foreign Relations The World This Week
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April 4, 2014

The World This Week

Is the White House Pulling the Plug on Kerry's Mission?

Robert M. Danin

Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry abruptly cancelled his visit with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas less than a month before his self-imposed deadline for concluding an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty. Regardless of criticism for Secretary Kerry's approach, the United States has a responsibility to see through its diplomatic efforts in the Mideast peace talks. Read more on Middle East Matters »

Response to Russia's Actions in Crimea

Putin’s Reckless Gamble

Stephen Sestanovich

Reversing Russia's annexation of Crimea is not the Western nations' most urgent goal. The bigger challenge is to deal with the emerging fractious nationalism and prevent further breakup of Ukraine from within. Read the op-ed »

More Effective Sanctions Against Russia

Robert Kahn

The effects of sanctions against Russia have been minimal. More effective sanctions will require a tougher response from the West and a willingness to accept some economic pain of their own. Read Global Economics Monthly »

How to Reform Ukraine's Economy

Heidi Crebo-Rediker and Douglas A. Rediker

Russia's actions in Crimea signal a need for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to hold true to its mandate for the advancement of democracy. By shifting resources from Russia, the bank could better support Ukraine's transition toward democracy. Read the article »

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a Cold War cornerstone of transatlantic security, has significantly recast its role and is generally more recognized for its efforts outside of Europe. Recently, however, mounting fears of Russian aggression in eastern Europe may breathe new life into the Cold War–era security alliance. Read the Backgrounder »

 

After Afghan Election: Post-2014 Troops Debate Continues

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan will mark the starting point for the next round of deliberations over the U.S. troop presence post-2014. The bilateral security agreement remains unsigned and a zero-option is still on the table. Read the op-ed »

Will Presidential Elections Bring Stability to Afghanistan?

Andrew Wilder, Martine van Bijlert, Anand Gopal, and Amin Tarzi

The stakes are high in the upcoming election, which promises to bring Afghanistan's first peaceful and democratic transfer of executive power. Some degree of fraud is inevitable, and after the votes have been cast, backroom dealing may sway the outcome. Read the Expert Roundup »

How to Treat the Ebola Virus

Laurie Garrett

The Ebola outbreak now unfolding in Guinea is the first in West Africa in twenty years, and seventy deaths have been reported to date. Despite millions of dollars in research on vaccines and treatments, the virus is best tackled today the same way it was during its first epidemic in 1976: with soap, clean water, protective gear, and quarantine. Read the op-ed »

The World Ahead

An Audio Preview of the World Next Week

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon

In this week's audio preview, Lindsay and McMahon discuss India's general elections; Afghanistan's presidential elections; and the twentieth anniversary of the start of genocide in Rwanda. Listen to the podcast »

The Global Debate over Illegal Drugs Heats Up

Stewart M. Patrick

As the long-frozen debate over the war on drugs begins to heat up, the United States will need to chart a new policy course if it hopes to retain credibility and influence as global attitudes toward drugs evolve. Read more on The Internationalist »

What Europe Can Learn From the U.S. Bank Crisis

Benn Steil and Dinah Walker

The European Central Bank believes that its ongoing bank stress tests will help revive the eurozone's moribund banking industry, but the tests are counterproductive without a mechanism in place to assure sufficient recapitalization of banks that fall short—as there was in the United States in 2009. Read the op-ed »

The Global Fund's China Legacy

Yanzhong Huang and Jia Ping

Over the past decade, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has left a deeply mixed legacy in China. Although the Fund's money has made important contributions, it is associated with uneven progress in grant performance, low-value-for-money, and unintended effects on civil society. Read the Working Paper »

How the U.S. Can Help North Africa’s Democracy Champion

Isobel Coleman

Tunisia is the only Arab Spring country to forge a new political future through a consensus-driven process. As Tunisian prime minister Mehdi Jomaa begins the first session of Tunisian-American strategic dialogue with President Barack Obama, its continued path toward democracy is deserving of Western support. Read the op-ed »

World Events Calendar

April 5: Presidential Election, Afghanistan
CFR Resources on: Afghanistan »

April 6: Twentieth Anniversary of the Start of the Rwandan Genocide
CFR Resources on: Rwanda »

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Inside CFR

At CFR's Washington office, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim discussed economic inequality. Watch the event»

At CFR's New York headquarters, Brazilian vice president Michel Temer participated in a Foreign Affairs Live discussion on the institutional and political framework of Brazil. Watch the event»

InfoGuide on the Emerging Arctic

Climate change, technological advances, and a growing demand for natural resources are driving a new era of development in the Arctic region. CFR has released a new interactive guide examining economic opportunities and environmental risks in the Arctic.

 

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