Expert Roundup

CFR fellows and outside experts weigh in to provide a variety of perspectives on a foreign policy topic in the news.


The Immigration Economy

Authors: Heidi Shierholz, Mark Krikorian, and James Carafano

Four experts debate whether Obama's immigration reform plan, including an expanded path to legalization, would help or harm U.S. workers and economic growth.

See more in United States; Immigration

How to Fix Climate Science Reporting

Authors: Kevin Trenberth, Roger A. Pielke Jr., and John R. Christy

With some findings of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in question, four experts debate how much the premier climate science review panel may need to make changes.

See more in Climate Change; Global

Coming up Short on Pakistan

Authors: Ahmed Rashid, Hassan Abbas, Maleeha Lodhi, Hasan-Askari Rizvi, and Shuja Nawaz

President Obama says Pakistan is crucial to the success of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. But five Pakistani experts argue the Pakistan part of Obama's strategy is flawed.

See more in Pakistan; Defense Strategy; United States

Squaring Healthcare with the Economy

Authors: Paul N. Van de Water, Jennifer F. Baron and Alexander Muggah, Thomas Miller, Paul B. Ginsburg, and Amanda Austin

As the U.S. Senate debates the healthcare overhaul, experts are divided on whether proposed legislation would stifle U.S. economic and business competitiveness.

See more in United States; Health Policy and Initiatives

After the Iranian Uprising

Authors: Abbas Milani, Alex Vatanka, Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, and Steve Fairbanks

Violence and unrest following Iran's contested presidential vote on June 12 have raised new questions about the regime's long-term stability and prospects for U.S.-Iran rapprochement. Four experts address the current state of affairs and policy options for Washington.

See more in Iran; Political Movements and Protests; Proliferation

Tiananmen Square and Two Chinas

Authors: Elizabeth C. Economy, Perry Link, Adam Segal, Cheng Li, Orville H. Schell, and Michael Anti (Zhao Jing)

On the twentieth anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown, six experts reflect on the country's trajectory since then. Many note China's breathtaking economic growth as well as mounting strains caused by a lack of political reforms.

See more in China; Democratization

The North Korean Puzzle

Authors: Charles D. Ferguson, Paul B. Stares, David C. Kang, and Charles L. "Jack" Pritchard

North Korea's nuclear test raises new concerns about its nuclear capabilities, regime succession, and the limits of both international pressure and engagement. Four experts address the policy options available to influence Pyongyang.

See more in Weapons of Mass Destruction; North Korea

Six Experts on Negotiating with the Taliban

Authors: Shuja Nawaz, Thomas H. Johnson, Robert Templer, Hilary Synnott, Michael Semple, and Masood Aziz

Reaching out to moderate elements within the Taliban as part of a U.S. war strategy in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region has been the subject of much debate in Washington. Six experts weigh in on the merits of such a policy.

See more in Afghanistan; Pakistan