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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Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), has agreed to chair the "All-Party Panel" negotiations in Northern Ireland.
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Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a senior fellow for digital policy.
A new CFR publication, "Global Economics Monthly," examines the major developments and trends affecting macroeconomic policy and financial markets. Written by Robert Kahn, CFR's Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics, the monthly report from the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies is accessible on CFR.org and distributed as an electronic newsletter.
The Council on Foreign Relations has launched a free iPhone app offering users direct access to the organization's timely resources on U.S. foreign policy, national security, and international economics.
Former U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon to Join CFR as Distinguished Fellow
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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"Everything we once knew about American energy seems to be changing," writes Michael A. Levi, CFR senior fellow and director of the program on energy security and climate change, in The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future. "The United States can strengthen its economy, improve national security, and confront climate change if it intelligently embraces the historic gains unfolding all across the energy landscape."
"Soon everyone on Earth will be connected," write Jared Cohen, CFR adjunct senior fellow and director of Google Ideas, and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, in The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business. In a book the New York Times calls "prescient and provocative," the authors argue that citizens will have more power than at any other time in history and weigh the costs of this access, particularly to privacy and security.