Analysis Brief

Israeli-Palestinian Violence Flares

A series of events—the latest an Israeli shelling Tuesday which killed at least nine—has shattered the relative calm between Israel and the Palestinians since the election of Hamas in January. Responding to an earlier shelling which Israel denies, Hamas called off a self-imposed truce and raised fears of a new round of Palestinian-Israeli violence.

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Analysis Brief

Seeking a Foreign Aid Focus

The U.S. State Department, linking development to national security, is taking steps to improve coordination of the country’s fragmented foreign assistance programs. The moves hark back to the foreign aid goals of the Marshall Plan, but are seen by many as too limited.

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The New 'Two Chinas' Question

Author: Richard N. Haass
Project Syndicate

Today there is an emerging two China question centering on the future of the country and whether China is best understood as a strong country, one with a promising future despite some short-term difficulties, or whether China’s troubles are structural, with the result that it is in real trouble and its future in some doubt. In short, two very different Chinas. 

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Missing In Action

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The Atlantic

Over the past decade, a string of war movies emerged in the wake of 9/11: The Hurt Locker, Syriana, The Messenger, Green Zone, Lone Survivor, and American Sniper, to name just a few. Some have performed better than others at the box office, and many have received critical acclaim. Almost none has included portrayals of women in combat.

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Citi GPS Women in the Economy: Global Growth Generators

Authors: Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Willem H. Buiter, Tinda Fordham, and Ebrahim Rahbari
Citi GPS: Global Perspectives & Solutions

As a relatively new field, gender in macroeconomics suffers from incomplete data and from insufficient focus outside official institutions. In “Citi GPS Women in the Economy: Global Growth Generators,” CFR Senior Fellow Heidi Crebo-Rediker in a report co-authored with Tina M. Fordham of Citi, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Willem Buiter, and Ebrahim Rahbari of Citi revisit the “Global Growth Generators” thesis and argue that new policy responses, as well as learning from best practice, could improve female labor force participation with significant benefits that are not just economic but have social implications as well.


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Book Reivew: Band of Sisters: Elite Group of Female Army Soldiers Battled Under Harrowing Conditions

Author: Janine Davidson
New York Times

Writing for the New York Times and Women in the World, Janine Davidson reviews Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s Ashley’s War. She discusses the institutional and physical challenges faced by this historic band of female battlefield operatives, and reflects on her own experience as the first woman to pilot C-130s in the Air Force.

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Obama’s Focus Is on Nation-Building at Home

Author: Stephen Sestanovich
The New York Times

Every period of great exertion in American foreign policy — World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the cold war, the post-9/11 wars — has been followed by some sort of downsizing. To many, this feels like weakness; to others, mere realism. But there's no arguing with the pattern. The past few years were going to be a time of retrenchment no matter who was in charge.

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