The World This Week

April 29, 2011

In this issue:

Weakened U.S. in Stormy Mideast

Turbulence in the Middle East, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have weakened U.S. influence in the region, says CFR's Richard Haass, who argues the White House should shun an overall regional strategy and tailor responses to individual situations. Read more

First Take: "Yemen Crisis Spurs Regional Activism" by  Thomas Lippman

Op-ed: "Syria - Countdown to Friday" by Elliott Abrams (National Review)

Article: "Think Again - Libya" by Micah Zenko (Foreign Policy)

Op-ed: "The Israel-Palestine Vote Igniting the Mideast" by Leslie Gelb (Daily Beast)

Blog: "Fear and Loathing in Bahrain" by Steven Cook ("From the Potomac to the Euphrates")

Interview: "Syria's Future Worries U.S. Allies" with Jon Alterman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

CFR experts on the Middle East

Family Planning and U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States should see family planning as a foreign policy priority that leads to healthier and more prosperous societies, and should increase funding, resources and support for those countries with the highest unmet need, argues CFR's Isobel Coleman. Read more

Working Paper: Family Planning and U.S. Foreign Policy by Isobel Coleman and Gayle Lemmon

Op-ed: "Why Think Small When It Comes to Women in Poor Countries" by Gayle Lemmon (

Working Paper: Family Planning and Reproductive Health - Why the United States Should Care by Koki Agarwal

Interactive: Global Governance Monitor - Public Health

CFR experts on women

Crumbling Wall Between Pentagon and CIA

President Obama's decision to make Leon Panetta head of the Pentagon and General David Petraeus head of the CIA shows the growing influence of the intelligence agency and its integration with the military, says CFR's Micah Zenko. Read more

Blog: "Assessing the National Security Reshuffle" by Max Boot ("Contentions")

Book: Between Threats and War - U.S. Discrete Military Operations in the Post-Cold War World by Micah Zenko

Interview: "Secretary Gates's Strategic Thinking" with Colonel Gian Gentile

Interactive: Global Governance Monitor - Armed Conflict

CFR experts on defense strategy