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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
CFR Fellow Shannon K. O'Neil says Brazil is "taking ownership" of diplomacy surrounding the Honduras political stalemate in part because the Organization of American States has been unable to effectively manage the crisis.
See more in Diplomacy and Statecraft; Honduras
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
Legal expert Sanford V. Levinson says rising debate in Congress over past intelligence practices aimed at combating terrorism will likely lead to modifications in policy though not a major overhaul.
See more in Intelligence; Counterterrorism
Uighur expert Dru Gladney says the protests in China's Xinjiang Province are about social justice for the country's minorities and expresses concern they will spark greater Chinese nationalism.
See more in China; Ethnicity, Minorities, and National Identity
CFR Fellow Peter Navario discusses the leveling off of South Africa's AIDS epidemic and its ability to step up HIV/AIDS treatments in light of "flatlined" global health funding.
See more in South Africa; Health Policy and Initiatives; Diseases, Infectious
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
CFR's Laurie Garrett says a number of factors delayed the World Health Organization from declaring swine flu a global pandemic, including internal politics and concerns about flaws in the alert system.
See more in Public Health Threats and Pandemics; Global
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
CFR's Marisa L. Porges says the mounting political debate over the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees underscores the steep challenges President Barack Obama faces in closing the camp within a one-year timeline.
See more in Terrorism and the Law; United States
South Asia expert Teresita Schaffer says a decisive victory for Congress Party in Indian elections and a possible end to the civil war in Sri Lanka could bolster a region buffeted by conflict.
See more in India; Elections; Sri Lanka
Xiao Qiang, an expert on China, says a digital revolution alone will not bring leadership change in Beijing but it could, in the long run, lead to a less repressive government in the country.
See more in China; Democratization; Internet Policy
The replacement of the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan with a counterinsurgency expert could shift momentum, but CFR's Stephen Biddle says it might also anger Afghans who oppose U.S. special operations tactics.
See more in Afghanistan; Defense Strategy
As the world's largest democracy holds its parliamentary elections, the head of the UN Democracy Fund and an Indian foreign policy expert discuss the frictions between India's national interests and democratic values.
See more in India; Elections
Drew Thompson, director of China studies at the Nixon Center, examines Beijing's proposed overhaul of its health care system--and the political and economic consequences if it fails.
See more in China; Health Policy and Initiatives
Greg Ip, U.S. economics editor at the Economist, examines what he calls the "more creative and more aggressive" policy of the U.S. Federal Reserve and says policymakers may seek oversight of how the Fed provides loans.
See more in Financial Crises; United States
Stephen Flynn, a leading homeland security expert, says while the initial U.S. response to the swine flu outbreak has gone reasonably well, the country remains ill prepared for a severe epidemic.
See more in Public Health Threats and Pandemics; United States; Preparedness
The swiftness of the Pakistani Taliban's military successes this spring have alarmed U.S. officials and raised questions about Islamabad's security. Former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin urges a boost in training for Pakistani police forces.
See more in Pakistan; Terrorism
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