In Wednesday's roundup: the credibility of the African Union; Jimmy Carter and Hamas; and investigating Benazir Bhutto's death.
Concerns about global wheat supplies are sparking fears that price inflation in the wheat market could lead to a food crisis akin to the one in 2008, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.
Climatic conditions across the U.S. farm belt are triggering a rise in global food prices that threatens to fuel political unrest in developing countries, says CFR's Isobel Coleman.
Somalia's growing famine partly stems from a global failure to act on warning signs, but it's exacerbated by militant group al-Shabaab, factions of which are blocking aid delivery and might have to be negotiated with, says Africa analyst Rashid Abdi.
Famine in the Horn of Africa underscores the problems of an international foreign aid community struggling to keep up with its commitments at a time of a falling dollar and rising food prices, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.
With food prices at historic levels, unrest is mounting around the world, particularly in import-dependent regions such as the Middle East. CFR's Laurie Garrett says to meet demand going forward, countries will need to enhance food production and efficiencies.
CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett says President Barack Obama's agriculture development and food security initiative holds promise, but it must focus on how to assist women, who are responsible for the majority of agricultural work in Africa.
This report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies analyzes the causes and impacts of hunger and malnutrition from emergency and long-term perspectives.
Reuters investigates the legitimacy of North Korea's appeals for massive food aid that have gone mostly unanswered by a skeptical international community.
Frederick Kaufman writes that Wall Street's at fault for the spiraling cost of food.
Welcome to the new food economics of 2011: Prices are climbing, but the impact is not at all being felt equally. Those who are barely hanging on to the lower rungs of the global economic ladder risk losing their grip entirely.
For over a half-century the Egyptian government has sold cut-rate wheat flour to bakeries for the production of bread. Many Egyptians rely on this subsidy, but in the face of a looming global food crisis, the program may cost billions of dollars for the new Cairo leadership.
Contrary to popular belief, Mark Bittman argues that sustainable agriculture may be what's best for the world.
Homi Kharas argues that global food inflation is a result of increasing oil prices and a lack of sustained agricultural investment, not speculators or inept governments.
Timothy Gardner and Charles Abbott report that the US will have a harder time forestalling on ethanol usage, even as food prices soar worldwide.
Bryan Walsh argues that a combination of bad weather, economic growth, and biofuel production created record high food prices.
Olivier De Schutter discusses what the G20 should do to prepare the world for food crises.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More
A groundbreaking analysis of what the changes in American energy mean for the economy, national security, and the environment. More