Analysis Brief

Analytical briefs written by CFR.org's staff on issues of the day with links to the news, analysis, commentary, and primary source materials that put the facts in context.

Issue Guide: Venezuela Under Chávez

Author: Robert McMahon

The death of Hugo Chávez raises major questions about the stability of Venezuela, with implications for the region, and Cuban relations in particular, according to this Issue Guide.

Issue Guide: 2013 State of the Union Address

Author: Jeanne Park

President Barack Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on February 12. The following materials offer a guide to understanding issues high on the president's priorities list.

Author: CFR.org Staff

This Issue Guide provides resources highlighting the foreign policy and national security implications of the U.S. presidential campaign and the challenges facing the next administration.

Editor's Note: Click here for CFR Issue Trackers on candidate positions and other 2012 campaign resources, which examine the foreign policy and national security dimensions of the presidential race.

See more in United States; Elections

Issue Guide: Eurozone Crisis

Author: Jeanne Park

The ongoing eurozone debt crisis continues to threaten the future of the single currency, even as European policymakers work to forge a closer political and fiscal union, explains this CFR Issue Guide.

See more in Financial Crises; EU

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