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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.

See more in Global; Global Future Trends; Development

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Iran Update

Ray Takeyh, CFR’s senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, discusses U.S. policy toward Iran in light of the ongoing nuclear program negotiations and regional security challenges, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

See more in Iran; Nuclear Energy; Religion

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Pope Francis and the Catholic Church

Thomas J. Reese, senior analyst with the National Catholic Reporter, discusses Pope Francis’s work to date and his agenda for 2015, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

See more in Global; Religion

News Release

O'Neil, Vogelstein to Lead CFR Initiatives

Shannon O’Neil will become director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy program (CSMD), and Rachel Vogelstein will become director of the Women and Foreign Policy program (WFP), replacing Isobel Coleman, who formerly directed both initiatives. Ambassador Coleman is now the U.S. representative to the United Nations for UN management and reform.

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U.S.-Israel Relations

Elliott Abrams, CFR’s senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, discusses the state of U.S.-Israel relations in light of the Israeli elections and ongoing talks over Iran’s nuclear program, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

See more in Israel; Religion

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Child Marriage Amid Disaster and Conflict

Speaker: Kristin Kim Bart
Presider: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Though data is scarce given conditions on the ground, reports of child marriage abound amid natural disaster and conflict; parents desperate to protect their daughters may view the practice as their best option. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Kristin Kim Bart discuss strategies to protect girls from child marriage and gender-based violence in fragile states.

See more in Global; Children; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

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Soldier-Authors: The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in New Works of Fiction

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join PEN American Center's Peter Godwin, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

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Soldier-Authors: The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in New Works of Fiction

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join PEN American Center's Peter Godwin, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

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Soldier-Authors: The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in New Works of Fiction

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join PEN American Center's Peter Godwin, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

See more in United States; Veterans Affairs; Media and Foreign Policy