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Tensions Over Germany's Euro Role

Author: Christopher Alessi

Anti-Germany protests in Athens have highlighted the country's complicated role as de facto leader of Europe while raising concerns about the continent's ability to advance difficult solutions to the sovereign debt crisis.

See more in Financial Crises; EU; Germany

Rescue or Risk for Greece?

Author: Christopher Alessi

Greece appears to have averted imminent default, but its recovery prospects remain clouded by the severity of its planned austerity measures and the impact cutbacks have already had on its stricken economy.

See more in Financial Crises; Greece

Securing U.S. Cyberspace

Author: Jonathan Masters

Most critical information systems in the United States are operated by the private sector and remain vulnerable to cyber attacks. Newly proposed legislation would require businesses to meet minimum standards of protection, but has raised concerns about regulatory overreach.

See more in Cybersecurity; United States

The Iran Diplomacy Puzzle

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

Iran says it's ready to negotiate on its contentious nuclear program, but questions abound over Tehran's domestic politics and what confidence-building measures the West and Iran can agree upon.

See more in Iran; Proliferation

Does the Greek Deal Go Far Enough?

Author: Christopher Alessi

Even as Greek leaders agree to new austerity measures, the IMF is calling on Greece's official creditors to take losses on its bond holdings. Analysts and policymakers increasingly question the wisdom of EU-mandated austerity measures at the expense of growth.

See more in Financial Crises; Greece

Author: Toni Johnson

As GOP candidates vie for Florida, analysts say immigration remains a major issue for the presidential contest, but whether comprehensive reform can be achieved in the current political climate is unclear.

See more in Elections; United States

Eurozone Fears Permeate Davos

Author: Christopher Alessi

Political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos are focused on the ongoing eurozone sovereign debt crisis, with some cautioning that Germany is not doing enough to resolve the crisis and facilitate growth.

See more in Financial Crises; Europe

Can Sanctions Bring Iran to the Table?

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

The EU's oil embargo is part of a larger Western effort to pressure Iran to reengage over its disputed nuclear program, but some debate the merits of intensified diplomacy with the regime in Tehran.

See more in Sanctions; Iran; Proliferation

Averting a Disorderly Greek Default

Author: Christopher Alessi

Policymakers and market actors are increasingly concerned about a disorderly Greek default, while many analysts question the wisdom of Germany's strict austerity approach to the escalating eurozone sovereign debt crisis.

See more in Greece; Financial Crises

Is Peace With the Taliban Possible?

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

A potential Taliban office in Qatar has raised hopes for a negotiated end to the Afghan war. But numerous challenges remain even as a new controversy over U.S. troop behavior threatens to derail talks.

See more in Peacekeeping; Afghanistan