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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.
See more in Financial Crises; International Organizations and Alliances
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.
See more in Afghanistan; Russia and Central Asia; Politics and Strategy
Nigeria expert Jean Hershkovits says that Nigeria's political processes "have more or less ground to a halt," leading to desperation and disillusionment.
See more in Nigeria; Corruption and Bribery
Robert Cottrell, the Economist's former Moscow correspondent, discusses Eastern Europe's financial troubles and what they might mean for EU cohesiveness.
See more in Financial Crises; Latvia
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.
See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Health Policy and Initiatives; Diseases, Infectious
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.
See more in Human Rights; Religion
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.
See more in United States; Terrorism; Pakistan
This audio includes readings of selected articles from the March/April 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs.
See more in Global; Politics and Strategy
From the March/April 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs: What we know about modernization.
See more in Economic Development; Democratization
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.
See more in Financial Crises; Japan
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.
See more in Afghanistan; Wars and Warfare
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.
See more in Foreign Aid; United States
Two Africa experts urge the incoming Obama administration to focus on resolving Africa's disastrous conflicts, and finding a way to sustain development on the continent.
See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); United States; Grand Strategy
Daniel Erikson, director of Caribbean programs at the Inter-American Dialogue, says that expectations of change in U.S.-Cuba policy under Barack Obama's administration might be overly optimistic.
See more in Cuba; Politics and Strategy; United States
On paper Iraq's justice system appears sound, but Michael Wahid Hanna of The Century Foundation says "major systemic and structural problems" plague Iraq's legal framework.
See more in Iraq; Rule of Law; Nation Building
From the January/February 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs: the next national security advisor.
See more in United States; Defense and Security
From the January/February 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs: A geopolitical setback for the West.
See more in United States; Financial Crises
A tribal reconciliation strategy could help counter Taliban influence in Afghanistan in the short term, a U.S. expert says. But if the process is not handled carefully, he says, it could seed deeper unrest down the road.
See more in Afghanistan; Defense Strategy; State and Local Governments
Chong-Pin Lin, Taiwan's former deputy defense minister, says Beijing has softened its approach toward Taiwan in recent times, and it is economic cooperation that dictates China-Taiwan relations today.
See more in Economic Development; Taiwan
Anthony Gambino, an expert on the Democratic Republic of Congo, discusses the recent escalation in conflict in eastern Congo and the necessity of training a professional Congolese army.
See more in Congo, Democratic Republic of; Peacekeeping