First Take

Concise, timely analysis by CFR fellows and experts on breaking news with major U.S. foreign policy implications.


How to Read North Korea Deal

Author: Scott A. Snyder

North Korea's decision to suspend nuclear tests in exchange for U.S. food aid may pave the way for resumption of the Six-Party Talks on denuclearization, but it's unlikely to yield significant progress, says CFR's Scott Snyder.

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In Qaddafi's End, New NATO Challenges

Author: Ed Husain

Disunity among Libya's rebels, a growing Islamist radical movement, and angry Qaddafi loyalists will mean a continued need for NATO involvement to check a possible slide into chaos.

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Libya's Quixotic Despot Meets His End

Author: Ray Takeyh

In four decades of rule, Qaddafi chased doomed adventures that isolated his regime from Arabs and the world. Libyans now have a chance to recast their state and reintegrate with their region, says CFR's Ray Takeyh.

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Libya: Now the Hard Part Starts

Author: Richard N. Haass

The reported death of Muammar al-Qaddafi marks a dramatic end to his sway over Libya. Libyans now need considerable Western help in securing and rebuilding the country he leaves behind, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.

See more in Libya; Regime Changes