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Published opinions and arguments by CFR fellows and experts.

New York’s New Mayor

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Council on Foreign Relations

As Bill de Blasio takes office in New York, Julia Sweig reflects on inequality, urban poverty, and the idea that government policy can provide solutions to ingrained problems when the market falls short.

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Words of Unwisdom

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

The past year was filled with unusual, hypocritical, depressing, and inspiring quotes from U.S. policymakers. Micah Zenko has sifted through congressional hearings, press conferences, news articles, and reports to bring you 2014's top 20 notable foreign policy comments from U.S. government.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy

Cloudy with a Chance of Conflict

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

To help U.S. officials and policymakers focus on the most important conflict prevention demands, CFR's Center for Preventive Action produced its sixth annual Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS), which evaluates ongoing and potential conflicts based on their likelihood of occurring in the coming year and their impact on U.S. interests. Micah Zenko discusses the process, findings, and utility of the PPS.

See more in Global; Conflict Assessment

On Immigration, Look to the States

Authors: Jagdish N. Bhagwati and Francisco Rivera-Batiz
Los Angeles Times

Jagdish Bhagwati and Francisco Rivera-Batiz argue that the United States must adopt a more humane policy regarding illegal immigrants. They argue that top-down approaches such as sanctions, border security, and punishments are not effective. Instead, they propose a shift to a bottom-up reform based on state competition.

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Ukraine's False Choice

Authors: Heidi Crebo-Rediker and Douglas A. Rediker
ForeignPolicy.com

With opposition to the Russian financial support gaining strength, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych faces a seemingly stark choice. He can bow to Moscow and its offer of cheap gas and easy money, or to the apparent will of Ukraine's people by resurrecting its agreement with the European Union and re-engaging with the International Monetary Fund. Muddling through—as Yanukovych has done for so long—is no longer an option, write Heidi Crebo-Rediker and Douglas A. Rediker.

See more in Ukraine; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

How Fed Policy Roils Emerging Markets

Authors: Benn Steil and Dinah Walker
Wall Street Journal

Benn Steil's latest op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, co-authored with Dinah Walker, shows that developing countries running large current account deficits have seen their economies whipsawed by volatile capital flows triggered by unconventional monetary policy at the Fed and elsewhere in the developed world. The clear lesson for such countries is that they should pursue policies which constitute "currency manipulation" in Washington, thereby setting the stage for rising global trade tensions.

See more in United States; Financial Markets; International Finance