Spillover from Syria's civil war and violence in Afghanistan as coalition forces draw down are among next year's top conflict prevention priorities for U.S. policymakers, finds the annual Preventive Priorities Survey from the Council on Foreign Relations. The most urgent concerns also include terror attacks or cyberattacks on the United States, military strikes against Iran, and a crisis in North Korea.
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Fredrik Logevall Wins CFR's 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award for Embers of War
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Americans are conflicted about the U.S. role in the world: a record 52 percent surveyed recently said "the United States should mind its own business internationally," the highest recorded response in fifty years and up from 30 percent just a decade ago. Furthermore, a record 80 percent of the public believe that the United States should address domestic problems over international ones.
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RAND Corporation's Seth G. Jones and Keith Crane explain in a new Council Special Report from the Center for Preventive Action how the United States should manage the complex political, security, and economic challenges that will accompany the reduction in U.S. and allied forces.
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Alyssa Ayres, a top official in the State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs for the past three years, has joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia. She will be based in the Washington, DC, office.
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In his new book, No Exit From Pakistan: America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad, CFR Senior Fellow Daniel Markey explains how the United States should prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes in its relations with Pakistan.
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Heidi Crebo-Rediker, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of State, has joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a senior fellow. Her work will focus on the role of economics in U.S. diplomacy, and she will also participate in CFR's Renewing America initiative, which studies the domestic economic underpinnings of U.S. power.
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Mervyn King, former governor and chief economist for the Bank of England, joins the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a distinguished visiting fellow.
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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has launched a new multimedia series—"InfoGuides"—to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.
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Stanley Fischer, Former Bank of Israel Governor and Former IMF and World Bank Official, Joins CFR as Distinguished Fellow
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As countries from Libya to Tunisia to Myanmar navigate complex paths to democracy, a new CFR book offers insights and recommendations from political and economic transitions that have unfolded in recent decades. "By understanding the trade-offs and critical economic and policy decisions that transitioning countries have faced in the past, policymakers can make smarter choices to improve the chances of successful democratization in states undergoing transitions today," write Isobel Coleman, CFR senior fellow and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, and Terra Lawson-Remer, CFR fellow, in Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons From Democratic Transitions.
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The U.S. education system is not as internationally competitive as it used to be; in fact, the United States has slipped ten spots in both high school and college graduation rates over the past three decades, according to a new report and scorecard from the Council on Foreign Relations' Renewing America initiative, which examines the domestic foundations of U.S. power. U.S. national security is directly linked to issues such as education because shortcomings among American workers threaten the country's ability to compete with other countries and set a compelling example internationally.
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Timothy F. Geithner, the 75th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a distinguished fellow. Geithner, who was previously a senior fellow at CFR in 2001, will be based at the organization's headquarters in New York.
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U.S. drone strike policies undermine the nation's foreign policy objectives and have resulted in the loss of hundreds of innocent civilian lives, according to a report by CFR Douglas Dillon Fellow Micah Zenko from the Center for Preventive Action. Zenko calls for greater oversight of U.S. drone strikes from the Obama administration, Congress, and the international community.
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The Council on Foreign Relations' fifth annual Preventive Priorities Survey ranks conflict prevention priorities based on their potential impact on U.S. interests and their likelihood of occurring in the coming year.
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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Studies Program welcomed several new scholars to its roster.
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The Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative (CSM&D) of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is launching an online portal to examine opportunity and exclusion in the global economy targeted to a broad audience of policymakers, academics, business leaders, civil society actors, and citizens in the United States and abroad.
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A new multimedia resource from CFR's International Institutions and Global Governance program reveals gaps in multilateral efforts to combat transnational organized crime.
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