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Deforestation in Peru's Amazon

Peru's rainforest may be the next region of major deforestation unless measures are taken to avoid it, says environmental advocate Bruce Cabarle. He notes that a new international agreement on climate change is essential to efforts by countries to combat deforestation.

See more in Forests and Land Management; Peru

U.S.-India Innovation Cooperation

The Obama administration has identified cooperation on science, technology, and innovation as a major focus of its relationship with India. Analyst Manjeet Kripalani says implementation remains a challenge and recommends greater deregulation of scientific institutions in India.

See more in India; United States; Innovation

U.S. Needs Greater Engagement in Asia

As President Obama embarks on a trip to Asia, CFR Senior Fellow Evan Feigenbaum says the president must express U.S. commitment to free trade and drive the agenda for greater trade liberalization in the region.

See more in Trade; Asia and Pacific

New U.S. Sudan Policy a 'Positive Development'

CFR's John Campbell says the new, more comprehensive policy for Sudan is "a positive development," and disagrees with those who say the approach offers engagement without requiring that the Sudanese government meet existing benchmarks.

See more in Sudan; Peacekeeping

U.S.-Pakistan Trust Deficit

Amid the latest spate of attacks in Pakistan, furor over a U.S. aid package shows continuing distrust between Washington and Islamabad. CFR's Daniel Markey and Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation say Pakistan poses a difficult challenge.

See more in Counterterrorism; Foreign Aid; Pakistan

Reporting From Pakistan and Afghanistan

CFR's Kim Barker and Kathy Gannon of the Associated Press, longtime reporters in South Asia, discuss changing security developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the need for revamped U.S. policies in the region.

See more in Pakistan; Afghanistan

U.S. Policy Shift on Myanmar

Washington will now engage in direct talks with Myanmar's ruling junta while maintaining existing sanctions. CFR's Kara C. McDonald says the success of the strategy hinges on the U.S. ability to work with Myanmar's regional partners to build a multilateral consensus on how to deal with the country.

See more in Diplomacy and Statecraft; Burma/Myanmar; United States

Japan's New Government

CFR's Japan expert Sheila Smith says U.S.-Japan relations remain important for both governments, but the issue of realigning U.S. military forces in Japan will continue to be a difficult challenge.

See more in Japan

U.S.-Libya Relations

Dana Moss of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy says that Libya will continue to seek a good relationship with the United States in its effort to raise its international profile, but she cautions against seeing the U.S.-Libya rapprochement as a model for other rogue states.

See more in Libya; Diplomacy and Statecraft; United States

Balancing India and China

Amid a new round of India-China border talks, regional specialists Sumit Ganguly and Minxin Pei discuss relations between these rising powers and how they affect U.S. interests in Asia.

See more in India; China

Sanctioning North Korea

CFR Fellow Kara C. McDonald says the new UN Security Council Resolution against North Korea is one of the strongest set of sanctions adopted thus far by the body, though success in bringing North Korea back to the negotiation table is dependent on enforcement.

See more in North Korea; Proliferation

China's Difficult Choices

CFR's Brad Setser examines U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's statements about the need to rebalance China's economic relations with the United States and says China shouldn't be overly concerned about the risks of U.S. inflation.

See more in China; Monetary Policy