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Issue Guide: Year in Review, Year Ahead

December 20, 2013


The interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and world powers stirred cautious optimism but hope for an expedient end to Syria's civil war dimmed as the conflict settled into an uneasy stalemate. Below are CFR materials that highlight and discuss this past year's turning points and developments. In addition, experts provide economic and political analyses for 2014, including prospects for the global economy, ten elections to watch, and the future of the "pivot."

The Year in Review: 2013
U.S. defense secretary Chuck Hagel, Japan's defense minister Itsunori Onodera, and Australia's defense minister Stephen Smith at the 12th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. (Photo: Edgar Su/Courtesy Reuters)

Expert Roundup: What Happened to the Pivot in 2013?
Elizabeth Economy, Sheila Smith, Michael Fullilove, and Tim Huxley weigh in on what happened to President Obama's Asia "pivot" in 2013, and give their projections of what 2014 will bring for regional policy.

CFR Meeting: World Energy Outlook 2013
Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, discusses how 2013 was a year of transition for global energy, with the United States and Brazil emerging as even greater energy powers.

Must Reads of 2013
From Stephen Brill's deep dive on U.S. healthcare costs to Antonio Spadero's interview with Pope Francis, ten long reads chosen by editors from among hundreds of Must Reads curated by the website in the past year.

The Water's Edge Blog: Ten Americans Who Died in 2013 Who Shaped U.S. Foreign Policy
CFR's James M. Lindsay remembers ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy.

Asia Unbound Blog: Top South Asia Stories of 2013
For CFR's Alyssa Ayre's, these ten developments stood out as the most consequential stories for India and South Asia.

2013 By the Numbers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
CFR's Edward Alden offers a quick performance check on the United States by assessing the most striking numbers of the year.

The Water's Edge Blog: Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013
CFR's James Lindsay remembers ten world figures--some heroes, some villians--who made a mark on history.

The Year Ahead: 2014
Iran's president Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Adrees Latif/Courtesy Reuters)

Preventive Priorities Survey: 2014
Spillover from Syria's civil war and violence in Afghanistan as coalition forces draw down are among next year's top conflict prevention priorities for U.S. policymakers, finds CFR's annual Preventive Priorities Survey.

Podcast: The World Next Year in 2014
CFR's Robert McMahon, James Lindsay, and special guest Paul Stares preview major world events in the coming year: U.S. fiscal problems drag on; Iranian nuclear talks remain a global priority; a year of pivotal elections and domestic discontent; a new world of energy emerges; disputes in the East China Sea continue to raise tensions; and the race for the Arctic intensifies.

Foreign Affairs: The Shape of Things to Come
The U.S. economy is grinding along, China is slowing, and Europe is stagnant. But the good news in the global economy is that a whole new crop of green shoots is springing up, write Foreign Affairs' Gideon Rose and Jonathan Tepperman.

Expert Roundup: Prospects for the Global Economy in 2014
A. Michael Spence, Robert Kahn, Ernesto Talvi, Yukon Huang, and Mark Zandi identify the most important trends, challenges, and opportunities in the upcoming year.

Expert Roundup: Prospects for Afghanistan in 2014
Graeme Smith, Seth Jones, Nader Nadery, Clare Lockhart, and Daniel Markey weigh Afghanistan's chances for a smooth political and security transition in 2014.

The Water's Edge Blog: Ten Elections to Watch in 2014
From Afghanistan's presidential polls to the U.S. midterms, CFR's James Lindsay looks ahead to ten elections whose results could reverberate well beyond their country's borders.

The Water's Edge Blog: Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2014
Next year will mark the anniversaries of many significant events in world history, including the centenary of the start of World War II and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. CFR's James Lindsay highlights the most noteworthy.

South Africa in 2014: Mandela and Elections
South Africa has been in the grip of a celebration of Nelson Mandela's life and legacy since his death on December 5. Yet the country will be moving quickly on, with the nitty gritty of national elections in March 2014, writes CFR's John Campbell for CNN's GPS blog.

Asia Unbound Blog: Chinese Predictions for Cyberspace in 2014
Some recent articles suggest that mutual understanding between the United States and China on cyberspace issues is going to be hard to find and that some in China see cyberspace as increasingly antagonistic and dangerous, writes CFR's Adam Segal.

Expert Brief: Global Summits to Watch in 2014
International meetings on nuclear security, Internet governance, and climate change headline a series of summits that could yield significant policy changes, says CFR's Stewart Patrick.

Egypt in 2014: More Demonstrations to Come
Beyond the security situation, Egyptian politics are likely to remain fraught, writes CFR's Steven A. Cook for CNN's GPS blog.

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