PrintPrint EmailEmail ShareShare CiteCite


Preventive Priorities Survey: 2013

Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations
Release Date: December 20, 2012

The Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS) evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts based on the impact they could have on U.S. interests and their likelihood of occurring in the coming year. Policymakers have limited time and resources for preventive action and thus have to focus on a select number of potentially harmful contingencies from a myriad of possibilities. The PPS polls experts in the field and aims to help the U.S. policy community prioritize these competing conflict prevention and mitigation demands. Click on the map below to see the contingencies associated with each country:

Threat Matrix

The Threat Matrix organizes contingencies based on their impact level and likelihood. Click on a matrix cell or tier ranking to view the relevant contingencies. Move your mouse over a category heading to view its definition.

Impact on U.S Interests
  High Moderate Low
Tier I Tier II Tier III
reset matrix view map


Contingencies selected on the Threat Matrix appear below:

    What are the top preventive priorities?

    The Council on Foreign Relations acknowledges Carnegie Corporation of New York for its generous support of the Preventive Priorities Survey.

    More on This Topic


    Wall Street, Washington, and Brazil

    Author: Julia E. Sweig
    Folha de Sao Paulo

    Following the first round elimination of "change candidate" Marina Silva in Brazil's presidential election, Julia Sweig reflects in her...


    Marina's "Post-Racial" Brazil

    Author: Julia E. Sweig
    Folha de Sao Paulo

    With less than one month until Brazil's elections kick-off, Julia Sweig highlights the significance of the heated race between current...