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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.
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Joe Contreras, former Latin America bureau chief for Newsweek, says while Mexico and the United States step up engagement on battling drug traffickers, another priority--immigration reform--is unlikely to get top U.S. attention.
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CFR's Bronwyn Bruton says the United States should avoid grand schemes in its attempts to fight piracy in Somalia.
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A defense budget expert at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says the Pentagon's recent spending request should be seen not as a sign of shifting military strategy, but rather a rebalancing of defense priorities.
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A senior USAID official and CFR's Isobel Coleman discuss aid priorities in Pakistan and how development programs can be made more effective.
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CFR's Sebastian Mallaby says the deal agreed at the April 2 G-20 summit could mark a turning point for the future of financial regulation and the international monetary system. He adds, however, that many questions about how this shift might unfold remain unanswered.
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CFR Central Asia expert Evan Feigenbaum says the United States has a rare opportunity to explore whether the Shanghai Cooperation Organization can become a serious partner in stabilizing Afghanistan.
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Nigeria expert Jean Hershkovits says that Nigeria's political processes "have more or less ground to a halt," leading to desperation and disillusionment.
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Robert Cottrell, the Economist's former Moscow correspondent, discusses Eastern Europe's financial troubles and what they might mean for EU cohesiveness.
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Lee Wells of the Touch Foundation discusses his work on training health workers in Tanzania and how the United States can most efficiently use its global-health aid dollars.
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L. Bennett Graham of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty expresses concern about a recent UN resolution on defamation of religions, saying it may provide cover to states that attempt to censor peaceful religious speech.
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Suzanne Nossel, a human rights advocate, and Jonah Blank, chief South Asia adviser on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discuss how Pakistan may be a crucial test for the Obama administration as it pursues a "smart power" approach to foreign policy.
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This audio includes readings of selected articles from the March/April 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs.
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From the March/April 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs: What we know about modernization.
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From the March/April 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs: The current U.S. financial crisis is not like Japan's "lost decade" of the 1990s.
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Pessimism runs deep as the U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan presses on, but one U.S. Army colonel sees reason for optimism in the local leaders he helped train.
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CFR health expert Laurie Garrett says the start of a new U.S. administration amid a global economic crisis offers an opportunity to reform the system for delivering foreign aid.
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