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Iraq's Faltering Infrastructure

Author: Lionel Beehner

While security remains the top concern, Iraq's new government must also confront the dearth of basic services, including water and electricity. Oil production, still below prewar levels, remains crucial to lifting the welfare of Iraqis.

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Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order

Please join Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass for a discussion of his new book, Foreign Policy Begins at Home. He describes a twenty-first century in which power is widely diffused, the result of globalization, revolutionary technologies, and power shifts. Haass argues that the biggest threats to U.S. security and prosperity come not from abroad but from within. He puts forward a new foreign policy doctrine of Restoration, in which the United States limits its engagement in foreign wars and humanitarian interventions and instead focuses on restoring the economic foundations of its power.

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The Edge of Disaster

Stephen Flynn's book, The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation warns that the United States has become a brittle nation, needlessly exposing Americans and their way of life to catastrophic risk in the face of the ongoing threat of terrorism and natural disasters. On the day of his book's release, join Commander Flynn for a discussion of how building a resilient nation at home must complement American efforts to confront threats abroad.

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