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North America

North America

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil

This CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, North America: Time for a New Focus, asserts that elevating and prioritizing the U.S.-Canada-Mexico relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.

See more in North America; Trade; Border and Port Security

Breaking the Stalemate in U.S.-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Negotiations

Breaking the Stalemate in U.S.-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Negotiations

Author: Scott A. Snyder

South Korea and the United States have reached an impasse in bilateral talks on nuclear cooperation. Senior Fellow Scott Snyder argues that the United States should extend the current agreement and make a follow-on agreement contingent on the results of an ongoing study on feasibility and proliferation risks of South Korea's right to enrich and reprocess U.S.-origin nuclear fuels.

See more in South Korea; Nuclear Energy

How to Make Fuel Subsidy Reform Succeed

How to Make Fuel Subsidy Reform Succeed

Author: Isobel Coleman

Each year, governments around the world spend more than half a trillion dollars on fuel subsidies, crowding out productive investment in poverty alleviation and growth. CFR Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman proposes establishing a private-public partnership to help governments build the case for subsidy reform directly with citizens.

See more in Global; Energy Policy; Economics

Child Brides, Global Consequences

Child Brides, Global Consequences

Authors: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Lynn S. ElHarake

One-third of the world's girls are married before the age of eighteen, limiting both their educational and economic potential. Child marriage is damaging to global prosperity and stability, yet despite the urgency of the issue, there remains a significant lack of data on the subject. Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses both the factors that contribute to and strategies that have proved effective against child marriage.

See more in Global; Children; Women

Trends in U.S. Military Spending

Author: Dinah Walker

Policymakers are currently debating the appropriate level of U.S. military spending given increasingly constrained budgets and the winding down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The following charts present historical trends in U.S. military spending and analyze the forces that may drive it lower.

See more in United States; Defense Budget

Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation

Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation

Authors: Micah Zenko and Sarah E. Kreps

In this Council Special Report, Douglas Dillon Fellow Micah Zenko and Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Sarah Kreps argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones. By doing so, they predict, the United States will create standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.

See more in Global; Drones; Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation

Women and Girls in the Afghanistan Transition

Women and Girls in the Afghanistan Transition

Author: Catherine Powell

Catherine Powell argues that the advances made by Afghan women since the 2001 U.S.-led intervention remain fragile. She recommends that the United States bolster gender equality before the drawdown is complete and continue working with Afghanistan to maintain these gains in the future.

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Fragile States, Fragile Lives

Fragile States, Fragile Lives

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Curbing child marriage has become increasingly important to the global development discussion, but it has yet to become central to the discussion about security and stability. Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reviews child marriage trends in fragile countries affected by natural disasters and/or armed conflict, and offers policy recommendation on how the United States can ensure that girls and women are still able to reach their full potential even in times of social instability and insecurity.

See more in Global; Children; Women

Renewed Conflict in Lebanon

Renewed Conflict in Lebanon

Author: Mona Yacoubian
This memo assesses the impact of spillover from the ongoing civil war in Syria on Lebanon's security and proposes several steps the United States should take to lessen the likelihood of sectarian violence and instability in Lebanon.

See more in Lebanon; Conflict Prevention; Regional Security

Curtailing the Subsidy War Within the United States

Curtailing the Subsidy War Within the United States

Authors: Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss

Each year, U.S. state and local governments waste tens of billions of taxpayer dollars competing to lure or retain business investment, with little impact on business behavior. Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss lay out incremental steps for curbing the subsidy war, beginning with greater disclosure and cost-benefit analyses, and building up to a multistate agreement that creates strong disincentives for continuing subsidies.

See more in United States; Economics