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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
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
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
CFR's Bernard Gwertzman and Serge Schmemann of the International Herald Tribune discuss their role in reporting the fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago and the enduring significance of that day.
See more in Germany; History and Theory of International Relations; Political Movements and Protests
Leading Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir discusses the deteriorating security conditions in her country and expresses concerns over the past and continuing military operations.
See more in Counterterrorism; Pakistan; Human Rights
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
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
CFR's Walter Russell Mead says the Nobel Peace Prize is a welcome sign of international recognition for U.S. President Barack Obama, but he says the president faces great global challenges ahead.
See more in Presidents and Chiefs of State; United States
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