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Published opinions and arguments by CFR fellows and experts.

Barack Obama and the ‘Wimp Factor’

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

Americans and Congress repeatedly claim that President Obama is not "tough" enough. Micah Zenko discusses the idealistic concept of strength and basis upon which leaders are judged, concluding: "Foreign policies should not be judged upon the tone and tenor of their announcements, but rather upon their merits and their success."

See more in United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State

Marina's "Post-Racial" Brazil

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

With less than one month until Brazil's elections kick-off, Julia Sweig highlights the significance of the heated race between current President Dilma Rousseff and "dark horse" candidate Marina Silva.

See more in Brazil; Elections

We Could Have Stopped This

Author: Laurie Garrett
Foreign Policy

When the most recent outbreak of Ebola began in March 2014, it could have been stopped with inexpensive, low-technology approaches. But the world largely ignored the unfolding epidemic. Now, the epidemic is skyrocketing because of this negligence. In this piece for ForeignPolicy.com, Laurie Garrett explains what the World Health Organization and the United Nations have not explained to date, and talks with Barbara Kerstiens, a former Doctors Without Borders volunteer who worked in the Kikwit epidemic in 1995, about lessons learned.

See more in Global; Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Why NATO Should Eliminate its Tactical Nukes, Despite Russian Belligerence

Authors: Hans M. Kristensen and Adam Mount
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Adam Mount and Hans Kristensen argue that tactical nuclear bombs in Europe are no longer useful for defense, deterrance, or assurance. They have had little effect on Russian President Vladimir Putin's transgressions in Eastern Europe and instead detract from more useful defense initiatives.

See more in Europe; NATO; Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation