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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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See more in Iraq; Wars and Warfare
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.
See more in Immigration; Drug Trafficking and Control; Mexico
CFR's Bronwyn Bruton says the United States should avoid grand schemes in its attempts to fight piracy in Somalia.
See more in Somalia; Border and Port Security
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.
See more in Defense Budget; United States
A senior USAID official and CFR's Isobel Coleman discuss aid priorities in Pakistan and how development programs can be made more effective.
See more in Pakistan; Foreign Aid
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.
See more in Financial Crises; International Organizations and Alliances