Politics and Strategy

Podcast

The World Next Week: Special Edition: UN General Assembly

In this special edition, CFR.org Editor Robert McMahon and Stewart Patrick, CFR's director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program, preview the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly: world leaders attend the summit on climate change; nuclear talks resume between Iran and several world powers; President Barack Obama chairs a high-level UNSC meeting; and the situation in eastern Ukraine is debated.

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Research Links

International Affairs Indexes and Country Rankings

These rankings include datasets and studies which track the status of a country and compare countries based on different indicators, in the areas of conflict, economics, education, energy, environment, health, human rights, politics, and technology. Critiques of these types of indexes are included, describing why they can be detrimental to development progress and how comparison exercises could be improved.

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Op-Ed

Barack Obama and the ‘Wimp Factor’

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

Americans and Congress repeatedly claim that President Obama is not "tough" enough. Micah Zenko discusses the idealistic concept of strength and basis upon which leaders are judged, concluding: "Foreign policies should not be judged upon the tone and tenor of their announcements, but rather upon their merits and their success."

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Op-Ed

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 President Dilma Rousseff and "dark horse" candidate Marina Silva.

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