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Pope Francis and the Vatican

Speaker: Kurt Martens

Kurt Martens leads a conversation on Pope Francis's leadership of the Catholic Church one year after his papal inauguration, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Popular Media and Social Change

Speakers: William Ryerson and Roshaneh Zafar
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Isobel Coleman hosts William Ryerson, founder and president of the Population Media Center, and Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of the Kashf Foundation, for a discussion about harnessing popular media for social change, with emphasis on South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

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Religious Hostilities Reach A Six-Year High

Speaker: Brian J. Grim

Brian J. Grim leads a conversation on a recent study by the Pew Research Center that indicates religious hostilities have reached a six-year peak, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Primary Sources

IMF World Economic Outlook

The World Economic Outlook (WEO) presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups (classified by region, stage of development, etc.), and in many individual countries. It focuses on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic developments and prospects. It is usually prepared twice a year, as documentation for meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, and forms the main instrument of the IMF's global surveillance activities.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Let the People Go

Authors: Michael Clemens and Justin Sandefur

On May 29, 2013, British immigration officers raided the Alternative Tuck Shop, a café just down the road from Oxford University's economics department, where South Asian and Middle Eastern employees serve tea, scones, and sandwiches.

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Op-Ed

When Terrorism (That Never Happened) Made Headlines in Sochi

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

For months ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia, politicians and the media discussed the possibility of a terrorist attacks during the games. Micah Zenko reveals the truth about the likelihood of a terrorist attack in Sochi, analyzes how policymakers and the media misinformed the public, and discusses how the situation could have been handled better.

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New York Review of Books: Syria's Polio Epidemic: The Suppressed Truth

Author: Annie Sparrow

"The UN's current polio vaccination program—sponsored by UNICEF and delivered in UN-financed convoys and flights—is fully orchestrated by the Syrian government, and in opposition-held areas, it is dependent for administration on volunteers from the government-dominated Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). SARC's president, Abdul Rahman Attar, is closely tied to the government, and even has his own pharmaceutical company, which has influenced the preference given to regime territory in the administration of polio vaccines during these last three years."

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Ask CFR Experts

Could Iraq be divided into separate regions along Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish lines?

Asked by Edrees Mohammed, from UCLAN

This is an idea first proposed by Vice President Biden in 2006 when he was a senator. It was a non-starter then and it won't work any better today. While the Kurdish region in the north is already almost an independent country, neither Shiites nor Sunnis are interested in splitting up the rest of Iraq—something that would be hard to do, in any case, because the two sects are intermingled in Baghdad and other areas. Just as the solution to Iraq's last major bout of bloodletting, in 2003-2007, wasn't partition, so it isn't today.

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Consensus Building for the Most Vulnerable: Eliminating Child Marriage Globally

Speakers: Giovanna Lauro and Alaka Basu
CFR Senior Fellow Gayle Lemmon moderates a conversation with Giovanna Lauro, deputy director of Promundo-U.S., and Alaka Basu, senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation and professor at Cornell University, on child marriage and the search for policy consensus on eliminating the practice globally.

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